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September 2018
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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August 2018
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, offer a variety of free webinars and trainings to strengthen businesses and help them succeed. Below is a highlight of the free webinars that are available this month to businesses in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park, Florida as well as nationwide.The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volun...
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Bonds approved for Harder Hall restoration, new businesses locate at Sebring Regional Airport, upcoming business events and more. Catch the latest updates in our August newsletter.
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July 2018
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, offer a variety of free webinars and trainings to strengthen businesses and help them succeed. Below is a highlight of the free webinars that are available this month  to businesses in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park, Florida as well as nationwide. Pros and Cons of the Popular Business Entities: Sole Proprietorship, LLC, S Corp and C CorpThursd...
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Press Release Issued by U.S. Department of AgricultureWASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Signup begins July 16, 2018, and continues through November 16, 2018. “Hurricanes and wildfires caused billions of dollars in losses to America’s farmers last year. Our objective is to get...
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