X

News

31Oct

October Economic Development Updates

 
Share
Tweet
Forward
Share
Highlands County Economic Development

OCTOBER 2019

Connections - Highlands County Economic Development Updates
 
 
 
MEETINGS & EVENTS

Heartland 2060 Summit

The future of agriculture, education, and our communities.Exploring trends in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, & Polk Counties.

 

9:00 AM - Noon
Wednesday, November 13
Lake Placid Government Center
1069 US 27, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Registration information here.



Starting Your Business 

You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. Starting Your Business is a class that teaches just that. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center.


6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19
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 November 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

LOCAL BUSINESS RETENTION & EXPANSION PROJECT | BERNIE LITTLE DISTRIBUTORS TO MOVE TO SCENIC HIGHWAY, RETAIN 35+ JOBS

Highlands News-Sun By Phil Attinger 

SEBRING — After two hours hearing arguments for and against it, county commissioners voted Tuesday to let Bernie Little Distributors Inc. build a beverage distribution center on Scenic Highway.

They approved both land use and zoning changes on parts of a 30-acre tract located on the northeast corner of Sebring Parkway and Scenic Highway, with the understanding that the facility will go on the back corner of the lot, set back from both roads.'

Joe Little, son of business founder, Bernie Little Sr., said in his presentation that the 48-year business has outgrown the facility it built in 1986 on U.S. 98, even after two on-site expansions.

“We want to stay in Highlands County,” Little said.


Read more here. 


 

OVER 100 NEW JOBS FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY IN SEBRING
Special to the Highlands News-Sun

FORT LAUDERDALE – The Results Companies, one of the world’s leading Customer Experience Management providers announced their expansion into Sebring, Florida.

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership and business into Sebring, Florida by expanding Results presence into a Tenured Partner Sebring Contact Center. With this expansion, Results gains a team of hardworking, dedicated associates committed to delivering great customer experiences.“This expansion is another step in our journey to create Service Excellence for our partners and employees. We have been trusted partners for over three years and it’s extremely rewarding to help an organization grow continuously in a competitive market through a unique combination of platform intelligence and human-powered solutions,” said Lori Brown, chief experience officer for the Results Companies.


Read more here.


 

RIBBON CUTTING & GRAND OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE RESULTS COMPANIES SEBRING SITE 
 

SEBRING - On Thursday, October 24th The Results Companies Sebring site celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour including the Mayor of Sebring, the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce, Highlands County Economic Development, and CareerSource Heartland. 

View photos of the commemoration on their Facebook here. 


 

FRAMEWORK UP AT NUCOR STEEL MILL 


Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

AVON PARK — The framework is up on one of the three primary structures of the Nucor Florida steel mill that is being built just north of the county line off U.S. 27.

The $240 million steel rebar production facility will create about 250 new high-paying jobs, according to Nucor.

Nucor Florida Controller Corey Allain said the project is moving ahead really well.The framework is up for the finished goods building, he said. Most of the foundation work is in or ongoing for the production building.

Work is expected to start on the administration building in the next two weeks, Allain said. The completion date for the steel mill is in the end of the third quarter of 2020.


Read more here.


 

Avon Park Approves Utilty Extension Contract 

Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

AVON PARK - The City Council approved a nearly $2 million contract with a Miami construction firm to extend its utility lines to the north to provide service to the Nucor Florida steel mill being constructed just north of the county line.

Read more here.


 

VISIT SEBRING SHOWCASED AT NEW YORK CITY MEDIA, INFLUENCER RECEPTIONS

Special to the Highlands News-Sun

SEBRING — On Oct. 15, Visit Sebring was showcased in front of more than 30 media representatives and 10 influencers at two New York City receptions hosted by VISIT FLORIDA. Visit Sebring was one of 10 destinations at both events that had exclusive one-on-one time with the media and influencers to tell them what the Sebring, Avon Park and Lake Placid area has to offer tourists.

“The media and online influencers really want to find new places to write about in Florida, so the Sebring area is of interest as a hidden gem destination with a variety of activities for travelers,” said TDC Lead Marketing Consultant Casey Hartt. “They were most interested in the Sebring Soda Festival, Caladium Festival, Highlands Hammock State Park, Maxwell Groves, Sugar Sand Distillery, Citrus Golf Trail and the fact that we are a piece of old, historic Florida.”


Read more here.


 

HIGHLANDS COUNTY STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR PERFECT EXAM SCORES

Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

SEBRING — Nearly 50 students had perfect assessment test scores in 2018 and many of them were present at Tuesday’s meeting of the School Board of Highlands County to be recognized for their achievement.

The meeting was held in the Sebring Middle School Commons/Auditorium to accommodate the students’ parents.The district’s three high schools had a total of 11 students who had perfect scores on a Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) or end of course (EOC) exam.


Read more here.


 

BUILDING SKILLS FOR A FUTURE - AN OPINION PIECE BY JOHN ROUSCH, DIRECTOR OF THE HIGHLANDS AVIATION & AEROSPACE ACADEMY

Highlands News-Sun | John Rousch

There are a few things in this world I am passionate about. Education is one and has been at the core of my journey through life from an early age. 

We have adopted the theme in our Aviation and Aerospace program of creating “Options and Opportunities” for our youth through a hands-on and a rigorous curriculum in aviation and aerospace. The options and opportunities approach can be applied to any of our curriculums in school. Our students not only need to learn what the content of a class is, but also why it is important to them.

John Rousch is the director of the Highlands Aviation and Aerospace Academy, a community partnership between The School Board of Highlands County, the Sebring Regional Airport, EAA Chapter 1240, and Career Source Heartland, and other community groups supporting youth. 

Read the full opinion piece here.


 

CAREER TECH ED LISTENING TOUR/STUDENT SURVEY

Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

SEBRING — A listening tour and student survey are part of the information and opinion gathering effort as Florida is set to receive $73 million annually for Career Tech Education.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced Tuesday that the Florida Department of Education will be hosting a series of public hearings, in-person and virtually, to collect input that will help to inform the development of the state’s career and technical education workforce plan, which is due to the U.S. Department of Education in the spring of 2020.


Read more and see the schedule here. 


 

MONTHLY METRICS

Unemployment Rate

 

Residential Real
Estate Activity

 

Residential
Construction Activity

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

Copyright © 2019 Highlands County Economic Development, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

About the Author

Related

July Economic Development Updates

July Economic Development Updates

August training opportunities, Duke Energy Site Readiness Presentation, Florida ranked one of top st...

Read More >
South Florida State College Launches Employee Training Courses

South Florida State College Launches Employee Training Courses

South Florida State College has launched a new catalog of corporate training. The courses award ...

Read More >
Pending Vacancy on Industrial Development Authority Board

Pending Vacancy on Industrial Development Authority Board

A current board member's term is set to expire on September 30, 2018. In accordance with the Boa...

Read More >
Highlands County EDC May Meeting

Highlands County EDC May Meeting

The Highlands County Economic Development Commission will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting:&nb...

Read More >
November Economic Development Updates

November Economic Development Updates

Free and low cost up coming seminars and trainings, recently announced SBA Federal disaster response...

Read More >
SBA Monthly Webinars

SBA Monthly Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network...

Read More >


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
(E)
economicdevelopment@highlandsfl.gov
(P) 863.402.6906
(F) 863.402.6651