Highlands County is an ideal place to be an entrepreneur. Relatively low real estate prices, combined with competitive wages, make doing business a real bargain.

Business Climate

When your business is located in Highlands County you are in a place with favorable business tax structure, government policies and competitive costs, we make it easy to plan for future growth and ensure that your capital investments is working for your business. You can have that special peace-of-mind in Highlands County Florida.

The State of Florida ranks among the best states for business thanks to its pro-business state tax policies, competitive cost of doing business and streamlined regulatory environment. The State of Florida and Highlands County are proud of its welcoming business climate and competitive advantages.

You will find Highlands County, the State of Florida to be business friendly; working together with economic development leaders’ we want to ensure that we offer a business climate favorable to companies of all sizes, including nation’s leading corporations.


Highlands County Checklist of Business Advantages

Statistics indicate that Florida continues to out-pace the nation in both economic and employment growth. You won’t find a better site for expansion than Highlands County with its central location on Florida’s bright economic horizon. The cities of Avon Park, Lake Placid and Sebring provide the perfect environment for your relocation’s “takeoff”.

Highlands County offers more than a competitive edge to succeed in a highly complicated business climate. Here, you and your employees enjoy the Sunshine State lifestyle envied all over the world, at a much lower cost than other popular destinations. Located in the rolling hills of the Central Florida ridge area and lake country, Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid truly encompass the highest quality of life with all the advantages of smaller communities.

Leisure time options include boating, fishing, and other lakeside hobbies. A natural playground, Highlands County offers hiking and camping in the unique Highlands Hammock State Park. World famous attractions like Disney World, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west.


Workforce, Education & Job Training

Highlands County’s population, along with a commuting workforce from the surrounding area, provide a labor pool comparable to larger metropolitan areas.

Higher education from the many state, private colleges and universities contribute to the excellence of Highlands County’s workforce. Nearby higher education facilities include:


Financing Potential

The area’s commercial banks with combined deposits of more than $1.6 billion fund construction, purchase of machinery and equipment, and working capital to qualified applicants. Federal and State grants may also be available. The Board of County Commissioners established the Highlands County Industrial Development Authority with a mandate to provide industrial revenue bond financing to qualifying applicants.