June 27, 2017

Business Florida 2017 - The Regions

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| 9/22/2016

South Central

Residents of south central Florida enjoy ready access to higher education in the form of one primary state college with four campuses and satellite campuses of two other state colleges.

Craving wide-open spaces? Population density in this region averages just 42.2 persons per square mile compared to an average density of 355 per square mile statewide.

With a labor pool exceeding 95,000, plus another 4.6 million in contiguous counties, the region has plenty of skilled workers to go around.

  • Population: 254,709
  • Labor Force: 95,754
  • Household EBI: $32,137
  • Universities/Colleges: 1

With an abundance of wide-open space and sunshine, Florida’s south central region offers the ideal environment for one of three solar “farms” nearing completion by the state’s largest utility, Florida Power & Light (FPL). The Citrus Solar Energy Center in rural DeSoto County is expected to begin service in late 2016.


Logistics / Distribution

LABELLE Florida Fuel Connection (FFC) is building a logistics and distribution facility for petroleum products in Hendry County, with 50 full-time jobs expected. The new facility is one of three such projects planned by FFC to more efficiently transport gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel from Gulf Coast refineries in Louisiana to petroleum terminals in other southeast states. The project is expected to be fully operational by early 2017 and, at its peak, capable of transporting 240,000 barrels of petroleum products per day into Florida and southeast Georgia.

MOORE HAVEN The new 40,000-sq.-ft. Gateway Logistics and Manufacturing Training Center in Glades County has begun offering a certification program for aspiring commercial truck drivers, the first of what officials hope will become a series of fast-track training programs for certification in plumbing, electrical work, HVAC installation and other specialized trades.

Key Players

Walmart Distribution Center | Arcadia
Walpole Inc. | Okeechobee


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