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February 20, 2018

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

Manufacturing

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

Healthcare

  • Shands Hospital, Gainesville

Tags: North Central, Business Florida

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Florida Economy Update with Dr. Sean Snaith
Florida Economy Update with Dr. Sean Snaith

Dr. Sean Snaith, the director of University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness, discusses how healthy Florida's economy is and what that means to the average citizen.

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