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State & Regional Support
Open My Florida Business.Gov
The State of Florida's official business information portal. The portal provides industry-specific checklists to help individuals understand governmental requirements for various business categories.
Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC)
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) is a planning and public policy agency that works with public and private leadership in the Central Florida Region to achieve a healthy and sustainable future.
Enterprise Florida (eFlorida)
Enterprise Florida, Inc. helps innovative, high growth businesses start up, locate or expand in Florida.
Florida Heartland Economic Region Of Opportunity (FHERO)
Florida's Heartland Economic Region Of Opportunity (FHERO) provides economic development coordination to businesses interested in expanding or relocating to inland, South Central Florida.
Small Business Development Center at South Florida State College
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of South Florida, located at South Florida State College, assists existing and emerging businesses in Highlands county, through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training.
Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization
The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) coordinates transportation plans for the Heartland region including the six counties of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee and the urbanized area of Highlands County including the cities of Sebring and Avon Park.
South Florida Water Management District
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 8.1 million residents.
Southwest Florida Water Management District
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) manages the water resources for west-central Florida as directed by state law. The District encompasses roughly 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties and serves a population of 4.7 million people. The goal of the District is to meet the water needs of current and future water users while protecting and preserving the water resources within its boundaries.
Highlands County Offices
Board of County Commissioners
Official site for the Highlands County Board of County Commission, departments and elected officials.
Clerk of Courts
Recording (Deeds, mortgages, notice of commencement, liens)
City of Avon Park
Local information for the City of Avon Park, FL, including city departments for permitting, zoning, utilities, business licenses, City Council information and the Avon Park Airport Authority.
Town of Lake Placid
Local information for the Town of Lake Placid, FL, including city departments for permitting, zoning, utilities, business licenses and City Council information.
City of Sebring
Local information for the City of Sebring, FL, including city departments for permitting, zoning, utilities, business licenses and City Council information.
Sebring Regional Airport Authority
Sebring Regional Airport & Commerce Park is easily accessible to the vast state and federal highway network and is located within 90 miles of six international airports, including Tampa and Orlando. The heart of Central Florida, the 2,000-acre park is conveniently situated within a 150-mile radius of 85 percent of the state’s population. Sebring has been named in the State Aviation System Plan as the growth airport for South Central Florida. Already home to Sebring International Raceway, a premier sports car racing facility, the park is uniquely positioned to accelerate your business.
Education & Training
CareerSource Heartland offers workforce development opportunities for businesses and job seekers in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands Counties.
South Florida State College
South Florida State College offers a wide variety of corporate and community education on top of their regular associates and bachelorette programs.