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October 5, 2015

Business Florida 2012 - The Regions

North Central Florida

Gainesville, Lake City, Ocala

Ginger Broslat | 10/10/2011

Ben Hill Griffith Stadium
Gators rule at University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, better known as "The Swamp." [Photo: UF Photography]

Quality of Life

Pretty as a picture: Long before the word "ecotourism" was coined, North Central Florida had already created a tourism industry for nature enthusiasts.

St. Augustine
Victorian-style homes line Ocala's shady streets.
[Photo: Stephen Floethe]
Acres of picturesque rolling horse farms, lakes, rivers, trails and natural springs provide plenty of family-friendly recreational opportunities — diving, paddling, camping, biking, hiking and horseback riding. Arts and culture can be found here too in a full complement of annual festivals, community theatres and museums.

Notable Employers

Agriculture and Forestry

  • Buckeye Technologies Inc., Perry
  • PCS Phosphate, White Springs
  • Pilgrim's Pride, Live Oak
  • Suwannee Lumber Company, Cross City

Logistics and Distribution

Johnson & Johnson Fuel Delivery, Madison


  • CCDA Waters, High Springs
  • DuPont Titanium Technologies, Starke
  • Lockheed Martin Ocala Operations, Ocala
  • Monterey Boats, Williston


  • Shands Hospital, Gainesville

Tags: North Central, Business Florida

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Interest rates are at the lowest point in recorded history. What would you consider borrowing money for?

  • Pay off/consolidate higher interest rate debt
  • Travel
  • Buy a house
  • Other new major purchases (i.e. remodel house, buy a car, new appliances, etc.)
  • Big life event (marriage, children, etc.)
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