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Highlands County Economic Development

MAY 2019

 
 

Connections - Highlands County Economic Development Updates

 
 
 

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

 

 

Housing Study Presentation to the Board of County Commissioners
9:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 4
BOCC Chambers, 600 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring
Meeting details here.




IDA/EDC Meeting 
7:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 12
South Florida State College, Boardroom Building F
600 W. College Dr.
Avon Park, FL 33825
Meeting details here.




Economic Development Presentation to Sebring Sunrise Rotary
7:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20
Elk's Lodge
2618 Kenilworth Blvd
Sebring, FL


 

SBDC Marketing Your Business Training
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25
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 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

EDC: COUNTY GETTING ATTENTION
Highlands News-Sun By Phil Attinger

Business developers have begun to take note of Highlands County, Business Development Manager Meghan DiGiacomo said Tuesday. "We're starting to see where we're really getting a lot of interest in the area," DiGiacomo told the Board of County Commission. Read more here.

 

AP APPROVES JOBS GRANT TO FUND UTILITIES EXPANSION

Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

The Avon Park City Council accepted a $971,500 grant to fund water and wastewater infrastructure improvements to serve businesses to the north of Avon Park. The grant funds were awarded from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The project will include the extension of a 12-inch water distribution line for approximately 2.25 miles and an 8-inch sewer force main for approximately 2 mile along U.S. 27 in north Avon Park up to the county line. Read more here. 

 

 

SPRING LAKE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
Highlands News-Sun By Kim Leatherman

Spring Lake Improvement District Board of Supervisors, residents and Rep. Cary Pigman will probably want to celebrate their win this past legislative session. The District won nearly $1.1 million in appropriation funds for a sewer infrastructure project effective July 1. Read more here.

 

AVIATION/AEROSPACE PROGRAM LANDING AT SEBRING AIRPORT

Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

The school district’s aviation/ aerospace classes will be moving next school year to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1240’s Aviation Development Center (ADC) at the Sebring Regional Airport.Highlands Aviation/ Aerospace Program Director John Rousch, who has been teaching aerospace curriculum in the Highlands School District for 20 years, said it is an exciting situation bringing the program from all three high schools to the EAA Center. Read more here.

 

SOLAR FARM PROJECT UNDERWAY
Highlands News-Sun By Kim Leatherman

True to their word, Duke Energy Florida has started a solar farm in Highlands County. Motorists on U.S. 27 can see the progress off the east shoulder, just north of the new Town Hall. The location is on St. Johns Street.Hundreds of acres of orange groves are being cleared to accommodate the plant that will produce 45 megawatt (MW) of energy. The solar plant, at peak capacity, could power about 12,000 homes at any time, Duke Energy’s spokeswoman Ana Gibbs said. Read more here.

 

 

FLORIDA RANKED FIRST IN THE NATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Florida once again is rated first in the nation for higher education, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings. The rankings are based on the percentage of residents who have college degrees, the time it takes students to complete two- and four-year programs at public institutions, the cost of in-state tuition and fees and the average debt for the graduating class of 2017. See the rankings here.

 

PHILIP LEARY TO SERVE AS STATE DIRECTOR FOR USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN FLORIDA/U.S. VI

Philip Leary, AICP, was named State Director for USDA Rural Development in Florida/U.S. Virgin Islands in April 2019. Leary has thirty years of experience in the fields of agriculture, forestry, land use planning and environmental regulation working for local, state government and the private sector. As State Director, Mr. Leary will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Florida/U.S. VI. 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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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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