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February 22, 2018

Business Florida 2012 - The Regions

South Central Florida

Arcadia, Okeechobee, Sebring

John M. Dunn | 10/10/2011
Sebring
The grueling 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race will celebrate its 60th anniversary at Sebring International Raceway in March 2012. [Photo: JGKATZ]

Quality of Life

Getting back to nature: Ecotourism is a favorite "sport" in Florida's heartland, which is home to Lake Okeechobee — the nation's second largest freshwater lake — plus dozens of smaller lakes and streams.

Festival fun: This region's small towns are perfect venues for special events, the likes of which you won't find elsewhere: The All-Florida Championship Rodeo (Arcadia); Seminole arts and crafts and alligator wrestling (Chalo Nitka Festival and Rodeo); Pioneer Park Days (Zolfo Springs); Sugar Festival (Clewiston); and Swamp Cabbage Festival (Labelle). For racing enthusiasts, there's Sebring International Raceway, the oldest permanent road track in America.

Notable Employers

Logistics

  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Arcadia
  • Walpole Inc., Okeechobee
  • Cross Country Automotive Services, Sebring

Agriculture

  • Larson Dairy Inc., Okeechobee
  • Lykes Brothers Inc., near Brighton Seminole Reservation, Glades County
  • The Mosaic Company, Wauchula
  • Southern Gardens Citrus, Clewiston
  • United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston

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