September 2017
The Highlands County Economic Development office is launching a complete suite of enhanced digital services. Among the new services is its website, www.HighlandsBusiness.com. The site is rich in information and is designed to put key information at the fingertips of site selectors, developers, and existing and prospective businesses around the world. “Websites are essential tools in the modern economic development landscape,” said Taylor Benson, Highlands County Economic De...
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Highlands County Economic Development is open and has resumed normal operating hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are here to assist you with your business damage assessment and recovery. The County’s Building Department (863-402-6643) is also open to assist with permitting needs.BUSINESS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT: If your business sustained damage during Hurricane Irma, please complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey at http://www.flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bd...
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ATTENTION HIGHLANDS COUNTY BUSINESSES:Based on the advisory information received from the Highlands County Emergency Operations Center and the National Weather Service, Hurricane Irma is expected to have an impact on Central Florida and Highlands County. Highlands County Economic Development has compiled several disaster preparedness and disaster assistance/recovery resources for our local businesses: Please forward this information on to your colleagues, fellow business partners, and anyon...
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August 2017
 Want to help Florida’s Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity (FHERO)? Click on this link for an anonymous, 3-minute survey that will help us create a new brand identity. FHERO will use it to market to companies in Florida and across the country that are planning to relocate or expand. We want them to relocate or expand right here in the six counties of Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee. There are no right or wrong answers. Just follow your instinct...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be awarding a $415,775 grant to Sebring Regional Airport to help upgrade the airport’s aging infrastructure.“The FAA grant to design a complete replacement of the airport’s WWII apron will allow advancement of MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) economic development actives,” said Mike Willingham, the airport’s executive director. &ldqu...
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July 2017
Federal ReserveTimely information on small business financing needs, decisions and outcomes is critical to understanding and fostering the sector’s health and growth.To provide these insights to policymakers, researchers and service providers, the Small Business Credit Survey is a national collaboration among the 12 Reserve Banks of the Federal Reserve System. In 2016, it yielded 10,303 responses from small businesses with employees, or employer firms, located in 50 states and the District...
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