Central Florida is a region with a powerful and growing economy that is drawing attention from companies across the country. The affordability, availability of land, and business-friendly environment are all attractive features that have led to an increase in job offers and growth in advanced manufacturing and other technology-based industries. Sean Malott, President and CEO of the Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), has been instrumental in bringing together communities and business leaders to maximize economic development in the county. The state and Florida Turnpike Enterprise have provided millions of dollars in funding and grants to ensure the success of local companies.
This has resulted in a population increase, which has opened up more opportunities for businesses. In fact, there has been a 60% rise in business requests in Florida over the past decade. Employment growth is also on the rise due to the expansion of employers such as Nucor Steel, Assure Infusions, Florida Can Manufacturing, Peace River Citrus, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC, and the International Flavors and Fragrances Global Citrus Innovation Center on the Florida Poly campus. The Central Florida Innovation District is home to the Florida Polytechnic University and SunTrax campuses. The CSX Central Florida ILC is an innovative facility that can process 300,000 containers a year and increase capacity.
Additionally, the Department of Transportation has provided a video to help users understand the data provided through Florida Insight. Auburndale's Director of Community Development Amy Palmer believes that Polk County's central location between Tampa and Orlando, affordability, and small-town environment make it an attractive place for people to live. Floridians looking for work or new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help.