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May 2018
A new vacancy has opened on the Highlands County Industrial Development Authority. IDA members serve four-year terms and play an integral part in shaping the county’s current and future economy. The IDA, as authorized by Florida Statute 159.44 – 159.53, is responsible for financing projects for the public purposes described in the Florida Industrial Development Financing Act and by Florida Statute, and for fostering the economic development of the county. IDA board mem...
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April 2018
As the Highlands County Economic Development office advances its work in the community, it continues to hear a recurring need from its employers, employees and residents – there is a growing need for more multifamily rental housing that is affordable for our workforce in Highlands County. Workforce housing refers to housing that’s in between affordable, low income complexes that are typically developed using government support programs and the local market rate options, which th...
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WASHINGTON, April 6, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make disaster payments of up to $2.36 billion, as provided by Congress, to help America’s farmers and ranchers recover from hurricanes and wildfires. The funds are available as part of the new 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). Sign-up for the new program, authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, will begin no later tha...
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March 2018
Land use changes will support state-of-the-art spring water bottling and distribution facility as part of Lake Placid-based company’s continued growth in Florida’s Heartland JAN. 18, 2018 – The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners finalized the approvals needed to support an existing spring water company in Lake Placid, FL. The commissioners approved a Large Scale Comprehensive Plan Land Use Amendment from Agriculture to Public Water Supply and a zoning chan...
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today that it will build a rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Florida, which is located in Polk County and just minutes from Highlands County. This is a $240 million investment and is the second rebar micro mill Nucor is constructing. In November 2017, Nucor announced a rebar micro mill project in Sedalia, Missouri. "Nucor has a...
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February 2018
FREE business webinars offered by the Small Business Development Administration. MARCH SCHEDULE Process Improvement and Working SmarterFriday, March 2, 2018 from 11am to 12pm ESTHow do you improve the work processes in your office or small business? This class focuses on applying “Lean” process improvement to add efficiencies to your business and improve your bottom line potential.Learn ideas about making your work processes flow better, faster, cheaper? We can show you how...
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