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Highlands County Economic Development

JUNE 2019

Connections - Highlands County Economic Development Updates
 
 
 
MEETINGS & EVENTS

SBDC Marketing Your Business Training

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9
South Florida State College
600 W. College Dr., Avon Park
Building H, Room 110
Registration information here.



Duke Energy Site Readiness Program Presentation

2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11
South Florida State College
University Center Auditorium
600 W. College Dr., Avon Park




 

SBA Online Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE offer a variety of free webinars and trainingsto 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

COUNTY PROPERTY PICKED FOR DUKE READINESS PROGRAM

Highlands News-Sun By Kim Leatherman

Duke Energy chose properties in Highlands County as its 2019 Site Readiness Program. The others locations are in Lake and Sumter counties. The program’s purpose is to create growth of industrial sites.

Read more here. 

See Duke Energy's press release here.

 

REPORT: WORKFORCE HOUSING FEASIBLE

Highlands News-Sun By Phil Attinger

Highlands County added approximately 417 jobs between 2012-2017 among a county where 22.9% of residents rent their homes. In addition to that finding, a Multi-Family Workforce Housing Affordability Financial Feasibility Study, completed last month for the county by Kimley Horn Associates, states that developers could provide affordable apartment complexes to those workers. They just need county code tweaked to help the process and to have someone be the first to establish a development.

Read more here.

 

SFSC BOARD TO CONSIDER NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

South Florida State College is proposing to offer a new career certificate program designed to prepare students to meet the increasingly complex processes in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Read more here.

 

MY DISCUSSION WITH THE HIGHLANDS EDC
VIEWPOINTS FROM A TEENAGER

Highlands News-Sun By Miguel Arceo

Since I began writing, I have seen a significant amount of support for the ideas that I discussed in my column pieces. The two ideas that I have seen gain the most support is that Sebring and Highlands County as a whole are not growing and there is nothing for its younger citizens to do.

With that in mind, it was only logical to take these ideas to those in power and those with the ability to bring change to our communities. I recently had the opportunity to discuss my ideas for this county with the Highlands Economic Development Council and the Industrial Development Authority at their meeting on Wednesday. I walked into that meeting hoping that they would agree with the things I would have to say, but ready to face disappointment in the case that they did not accept the things I had to say.

Thankfully, I walked out of that meeting with high hopes for the future and not the latter.

Read more here.

 

SPRING LAKE EARNS BIG WIN AT CONFERENCE

Highlands News-Sun By Kim Leatherman

Blood, sweat, tears and a lot of money has gone into the Spring Lake Special Improvement District Stormwater Treatment Area, or STA. It has been a long time coming but the District’s STA project was recognized last week during the Florida Stormwater Association conference held June 19-21 at Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort.

Read more here.

 

DOWNTOWN SEBRING CRA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  HIGHLIGHT

Highlands News-Sun By Dorothy Harris

Highlands County native Kristie S. Vazquez graduated from Sebring High School, attended South Florida State College and studied business at University of Florida. Earning her MBA from Warner Southern, she returned home to serve as President of the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce.

Read more here. 

 

TDC REPORTS RECORD HIGH COLLECTIONS 

Highlands News Sun - Phil Attinger

It might have been the Sebring Firemen Barbecue Festival, or a record crowd at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring/1,000 Miles of Sebring motorsports endurance races.But a research firm reports the reason the Tourist Development Council logged a record amount of tourist tax raised in the month of March 2019 may have to do with higher room rates.For the first time, Highlands County tourist tax revenues reached above $200,000 to hit $206,212 for March 2019.

Read more here.

GOVERNOR DESANTIS SIGNS BILL GEARED TOWARD EXPANDING VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Florida Today

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an education bill Monday (June 24) that includes efforts to expand workforce training and apprenticeships.Signed at Space Florida on Merritt Island, the bill follows through on goals DeSantis outlined in an executive order in January. DeSantis requested $10 million in January to put toward apprenticeships and other industry-specific learning opportunities for students.

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.

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Highlands County Board of County Commissioners
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economicdevelopment@hcbcc.org
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(F) 863.402.6651