Florida's Heartland REDI, Inc. (FHREDI) provides economic development coordination to businesses interested in expanding or relocating to inland, South Central Florida. Working with local partners within the region, as well as Enterprise Florida, Inc., Workforce Florida, Inc. and the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, FHREDI will provide your company with site selection, incentives and workforce training assistance.
Florida's Heartland is well known for great attributes and affordable living. The people and businesses located in the region co-exist with some of Florida's most significant historical and cultural sites: Arcadia Historic District, circa 1886; Fort Chokonikla site of the Payne's Creek Massacre during the Summer of 1849; Highlands Hammock State Park is one of Florida's oldest parks, opening to the public in 1931; Ortona Indian Mounds, dispersed across 5 square miles, is one of the largest pre-Colombian sites in Florida and carbon-dated to A.D. 300; Fort Denaud Bridge near the site of the first US Civilization in SW Florida; Battle of Okeechobee battlefield, the site of the largest battle of the Second Seminole War.
The region is home to world renowned freshwater waterways including Lake Okeechobee, Lake Istokpoga, Peace River and the Kissimmee River. The diverse natural environment provides a host of nature-based activities that include world-class fishing, water sports, bird watching, camping, golf, and small game hunting.
Our amenities, which have long been enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, are now attracting business and industry to inland, South Central Florida. Along with an unmatched quality of life come some of the most beneficial resources searched for by companies looking for the best location and the lowest cost of doing business.
Centrally located, Florida's Heartland is in close proximity to strategic business assets, with a transportation network providing easy access to both international airports and deep-water seaports. Florida's Heartland offers the highest quality of place and natural resources with all the advantages of a small community, and the convenience and support of five nearby metropolitan cities: Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando, West Palm Beach,/Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade, Bradenton/Sarasota.