Florida Heartland ERO | tburroughs@co.okeechobee.fl.us | 1.863.697.6325 | ADDRESS:304 NW 2nd St. | Room 123 | Okeechobee, FL 34972


Florida’s Heartland is a prime location for global logistics and distribution. The region is centrally located within a strong transportation network including seaports, airports, railroads, and roadways. The region is home to several logistics and distribution centers and remains committed to new development.

  • Our “center of everything” location gives you the fastest access to all points of Florida and beyond. Utilize Class 1 rail, four interstate highways, seven deep water ports on two coasts for global shipping, and nineteen airports (eight are international).
  • You will be at the heart of the #2 ranked infrastructure in the U.S.
  • Your company will be in good company. Leading corporations like Walmart operate major distribution centers in FHERO counties.
  • America’s Gateway Logistics Center, located in Glades County, provides a cost-effective integrated logistics solution for manufacturers and distributors with a domestic and international market.
  • Airglades International Cargo Airport, located in Hendry County, is a planned development on U.S. 27 and is one of only five FAA-designated airports in the county for international overflow.


By Air

The region provides an ample amount of air transport choices providing access to domestic and international markets:

  • Eight International Airports: Ft. Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Miami, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach
  • Two regional airports: Immokalee Regional Airport, Sebring Regional Airport
  • Nine municipal airparks: Airglades Airport, Arcadia Municipal Airport, Avon Park Executive Airport, Avon Park Air Force Range, Belle Glade State Municipal Airport, LaBelle Municipal Airport, Okeechobee County Airport, Palm Beach County Glades Airport, Wauchula Municipal Airport

By Ground

The road system through and in close proximity of the region provides convenient access to Florida and to North America via:

  • Three Interstate Highways
  • One Toll Road
  • Four U.S. Highways
  • Twelve State Roads
  • Miles of Maintained County Roads

By Rail

Railways move cargo and people thru the region and into the entire South East.

  • Four Cargo Track Ownership: CSX Transportation, South Central Florida Express (US Sugar), Seminole Gulf Operation
  • Two Amtrack Stations: Sebring, Okeechobee

By Sea

The region is uniquely surrounded by deep water ports providing access to domestic and international markets:

  • Seven deep water ports: Everglades, Fort Pierce, Manatee, Miami, Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, Tampa


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