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Florida's Heartland region is positioned to be a global hub for distribution of goods, supplies, and parts—a gateway to the United States and beyond.



The road system through or near the region provides convenient access to Florida and to North America via:

  • 3 Interstate Highways
  • 1 Toll Road
  • 4 U.S. Highways
  • 12 State Roads
  • Miles of Maintained County Roads


Railways move cargo and people thru the region.

  • Cargo Track Ownership
    • CSX Transportation
    • South Central Florida Express (US Sugar)
  • Amtrak Stations
    • Sebring
    • Okeechobee


The region is close to 14 deepwater seaports.


Florida's Heartland region has one route managed by the Office of Florida Greenways and Trails. As a segment of the nationally recognized Florida National Scenic Trail, the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (L.O.S.T.) is 110 miles around the lake on the USACE service road atop the 35-foot tall Herbert Hoover Dike. The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains the dike and service road, and several primitive camping sites and covered shelters along the trail for bikers and hikers.


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Regional Data

Recent News

Nucor Steel Mill Coming to Area
03/15/2018 | CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced
Highlands County works with local business on its expansion and growth
03/15/2018 | JAN. 18, 2018 - The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners finalized the approvals needed to support
Florida Ranked #4 in Advanced Placement Class Performance
02/21/2018 | Florida ranked fourth in the nation again for getting students to take — and pass
Highlands County Among Top in the Nation for Employment Gains as Featured in USA TODAY
12/19/2017 | In a recent article published by USA TODAY, Highlands County ranked eighth in the nation
Florida Ranks #4 in Nation for Tax Climate
10/20/2017 | The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders,