Thursday, March 23, 2017
Competitive Cost of Doing Business
 We are a right-to-work states; we can
 offer a more cost-efficient alternative
 to other competitive high-tech states,
 our land, labor, and capital are more
 affordable in Highlands County Florida
 than in California or New York, for example.

Centralized Location in Florida
 Over 82.1% of the state’s population is within
 a 150 mile radius. Prime location provides
 east, west, north and south market
 accessibility with close proximity to major
 tourist attractions. By land and air, Highlands  County is truly at the center of Florida’s  transportation corridor.

Job Creation Incentives
 New and expanding Highlands County  businesses may qualify for a rural jobs
 tax credit as a means to encourage job  creation.

Foreign Trade Zone Benefits
 Designated as a Foreign Trade Zone,
 the Sebring Regional Airport can provide  valuable financial incentives to qualifying  companies.

Community Redevelopment Agency
 The Sebring Regional Airport is the only
 airport in the USA with an on-site
 community redevelopment agency.



When your business is located in Highlands County you are in a place with favorable business tax structure, government policies and competitive costs, we make it easy to plan for future growth and ensure that your capital investments is working for your business. You can have that special peace-of-mind in Highlands County Florida.

The State of Florida ranks among the best states for business thanks to its pro-business state tax policies, competitive cost of doing business and streamlined regulatory environment. The State of Florida and Highlands County are proud of its welcoming business climate and competitive advantages.

You will find Highlands County, the State of Florida to be business friendly; working together with economic development leaders’ we want to ensure that the we offer a business climate favorable to companies of all sizes, including nation’s leading corporations.

Highlands County Checklist of Business Advantages

Statistics indicate that Florida continues to out-pace the nation in both economic and employment growth. You won’t find a better site for expansion than Highlands County with its central location on Florida’s bright economic horizon. The cities of Avon Park, Lake Placid and Sebring provide the perfect environment for your relocation’s “takeoff”.

Highlands County offers more than a competitive edge to succeed in a highly complicated busines

s climate. Here, you and your employees enjoy the Sunshine State lifestyle envied all over the world, at a much lower cost than other popular destinations. Located along the rolling hills of the Central Florida ridge area and lake country, Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid truly encompass the highest quality of life with all the advantages of smaller communities.

Leisure time options include boating, fishing and other lakeside hobbies. A natural playground, Highlands County offers hiking and camping in the unique Highlands Hammock State Park. World famous attractions like Disney World, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west.

Workforce, Education & Job Training

Highlands County’s population, along with a commuting workforce from the surrounding area, provide a labor pool comparable to larger metropolitan areas.

Higher education from the many state, private colleges and universities contribute to the excellence of Highlands County’s workforce. Nearby higher education facilities include:

Financing Potential 

The area’s commercial banks with combined deposits of more than $1.6 billion fund construction, purchase of machinery and equipment, and working capital to qualified applicants. Federal and State grants may also be available. The Board of County Commissioners established the Highlands County Industrial Development Authority with a mandate to provide industrial revenue bond financing to qualifying applicants.

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