November 2018
The School Board of Highlands County and other community groups are employing innovative efforts to connect students with real life insight on career opportunities available in Highlands County and the skills needed to succeed in these careers.Career Café  Avon Park High School and Sebring High School host weekly Career Cafés. The cafés are unique initiatives that bring local employers into the school to tell the students about career opportunities. ...
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October 2018
New South Florida State College corporate education classes, Highlands Ranks Second in Citrus, Secapem Defense Training Solutions at Sebring Regional Airport, Potential Solar Farm in Lake Placid, and more. Check out the latest economic development news in our October newsletter.
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South Florida State College has launched a new catalog of corporate training. The courses award certificates of completion that are designed to increase employability skills and strengthen businesses. Course offerings include: Soft Skills for Successful Employees Leadership Training: Survival Skills for New Supervisors Leadership, Lunch and Learn Foundations of Business Promoting Your Business with Social Media Strategic Management for Health Care Professionals Strategic Management and Lead...
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September 2018
New site for business disaster resources, Business financing seminar, IDA/EDC September meeting, Grants to help with economic diversification and more.
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Aviation and aerospace industry development in Polk and Highlands counties recently received a boost when the Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) was awarded a $300,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Disaster Supplemental Grant.The impact from Hurricane Irma on Polk and Highlands counties added to challenges faced due to the region’s lack of economic diversification and low wages and highlighted the need to bring in more resilient and higher wage jobs.“A...
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Highlands County secured two grants from the Competitive Florida Partnership and Community Planning Technical Assistance grant programs offered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).The Board of County Commissioners’ Planning Department was awarded a $40,000 Technical Assistance grant to fund the development of a Financial Feasibility Analysis and a Housing Market Study as well as draft amendments to the Housing Element, Future Land Use Element, and the Future Land Use Ma...
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