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JULY 2019

 
 

Connections - Highlands County Economic Development Updates

 
 
 
 
 

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

 

SBDC Financing Your Business Training

Are you looking for money for your business? Are you considering an SBA loan? This seminar can help!
 

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6
South Florida State College
600 W. College Dr., Avon Park
Building H, Room 110
Registration information here.








 

SBA Online Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE offer a variety of free webinars and trainings to strengthen businesses and help them succeed. View the monthly schedule here.

SFSC Corporate Education Classes

South Florida State College offers a variety of corporate training options ranging from soft skills to technology courses to conflict management and more. The Corporate College also offers customized training to help meet the needs of your business. View the full course catalogs online.

 

NEWS & UPDATES

 

DUKE SITE READINESS PROGRAM EYES COUNTY

Highlands News-Sun By Kim Leatherman

Highlands County Economic Development and Duke Energy teamed up to present a site readiness plan on land that could potentially attract industrial or manufacturing businesses to the county Thursday afternoon (July 11) at the South Florida State College auditorium.

The properties in question are owned by Ben Hill Griffin Inc., Baxter Troutman and C. Elton Crews Family Ltd. Partnership. Together, the properties total 123 acres directly south of the Nucor Steel. 

Read more here.
 

 

SFSC RECEIVES GRANT TO HELP PART-TIME STUDENTS

Highlands News-Sun

A $40,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has been awarded to the South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation Inc., to benefit part-time students who are attending SFSC in fall term 2019 and spring term 2020. 

The grant comes from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund, which was established by Roberts as a legacy to support Florida's community colleges and other charitable organizations.

Read more here.

 

GOING SOLAR: DUKE ENERGY, OVERLAND HOLD SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE, CAREER FAIR

Highlands News-Sun By Kim Leatherman

Duke Energy and Overland Contracting Inc. hosted an open house Wednesday night (July 24) at the Lake Placid Government Center. Representatives from both companies felt the night was successful. Overland Contracting Inc. is Duke Energy's contracting partner for the Lake Placid Solar Power Plant, which is currently under construction. The solar plant will be 380 acres off 100 Walker Road, just off U.S. 27.

Read more here.

 

CITRUS NUMBERS IMPROVE AS STRUGGLES CONTINUE

By Jim Turner News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE - Florida's citrus industry ended its growing season on a slight uptick, regaining the Sunshine State's dominance in orange production over California. But struggles remain. 

Overall, the new numbers reflect nearly a 59 percent increase in oranges from the 2017-2018 season. 

Read more here.

 

FLORIDA RANKED ONE OF TOP 10 BEST STATES FOR MANUFACTURING IN 2019

By Site Selection Group

Site Selection Group mapped and listed the results in a dashboard. A score of 100% in any one category represents the national average. While no one state or region i a perfect fit for every project or specific industrial sector, there are a couple of clear trends.

See the full ranking and more details here.

 

REPORT: FLORIDA RANKS LOW FOR STUDENT DEBT

By Tampa Bay Business Journal 

A recent WalletHub study showed in addition to Florida being a great place to start a business and for military retirees, it also has one of the lowest student debt amounts. 

Read more here.

 

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Highlands County Economic Development
www.Highlandsbusiness.com
863-402-6882
501 S. Commerce Ave.
Sebring, FL 33870

 

 
 
 
 

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OUR MISSION

Enhance the quality of life in Highlands County by attracting a diversity of new businesses; increasing industrial investment while facilitating the retention and successful expansion of existing business and industry.

Keep In Touch

Economic Development
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners
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economicdevelopment@hcbcc.org
(P) 863.402.6906
(F) 863.402.6651