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January 2019
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The City of Avon Park, with the help of the Highlands County Economic Development office and the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, has been awarded a grant of $971,500 to fund water and wastewater infrastructure improvements to serve businesses in north Avon park. The funds were awarded from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The project will include the extension of a 12” water distribution line for approximately 2.25 miles and an 8” sewer force main for approximately ...
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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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December 2018
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November 2018
A vacancy has recently opened on the Industrial Development Authority.  In accordance with the Board of County Commissioners’ Policy on Board Appointments, the Board of County Commissioners was notified of the new vacancy on Nov. 26. Currently, the IDA has 14 board members and one vacancy. The Policy on Board Appointments requires, “Approximately two months before any vacancies occur, the Department Head/staff liaison assigned to the committee shall notify the Board of...
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Highlands County welcomes one of its newest businesses – Steel Blue Fabrication, which provides meter sets to natural gas and propane gas markets. Owners Charles Devlin, John Paul Heston, Ed Whalen and Steve Baltzley recently started the company to provide quicker delivery of meter sets to customers throughout Florida. The company is acquiring a site on County Road 17 in Avon Park for its operations. At the November 20 meeting, the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners a...
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