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


Okeechobee County, Florida, located on the northern shore of massive Lake Okeechobee, is truly the Gateway to South Florida and the state’s Heartland Region. The population within a 30 mile radius is 174,528 and Okeechobee County is within a two-hour drive of 75% of the State of Florida's 20,612,439 population. Because of all this, we like to say Okeechobee County is “IN THE CENTER OF IT ALL” with close access to the Florida Turnpike, Interstates, Highways and State Roads.

Our location offers convenient access to both coasts and all of Central Florida. Commercial and industrial concerns have found Okeechobee is the place you want to be to take advantage of an aggressive attitude toward seeking new businesses including in our two local Industrial Parks. The county is serviced by CSX and Amtrak rail lines and is a short distance to two deep-water ports.

Close to big cities, yet far enough away for the open space you need. And, with an excellent training facilities and community leaders who will welcome you with open arms, you’ll see why it’s a pleasure doing business here.

Okeechobee County welcomes inquiries from businesses seeking to expand, relocate, or start up new. Our ideal climate, wealth of recreational and cultural opportunities, wide range of housing options and business relocation support make the transition a pleasant experience for everyone.

A small town environment fostering a desirable place to live, work and play.  Okeechobee has many amenities, Fishing, Hunting, Equestrian Activities, Sporting Clays, Motocross, Boating, Air Boating, Bird Watching to name a few. In addition, Okeechobee is home to five Festivals a year including the large Okeechobee Music and Art Fest which attracts around 40,000 people annually from all over the country and world. Okeechobee County is the perfect location to grow your business. We would be happy to show you around!


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Close to $1 Million for Infrastructure Improvements Awarded to Avon Park
01/10/2019 | The City of Avon Park, with the help of the Highlands County Economic Development office
Local College Awarded Nearly $2.3 Million for Manufacturing, Construction and Electronic Warfare Pro
11/16/2018 | Three new or expanded workforce training efforts will soon be launched in the Florida Heartland
Local High Schools Connect Students with Industry
11/05/2018 | The School Board of Highlands County and other community groups are employing innovative efforts
South Florida State College Launches Employee Training Courses
10/03/2018 | South Florida State College has launched a new catalog of corporate training. The courses award
Highlands County Secures $62,500 in Grant Funding From Florida DEO
09/10/2018 | Highlands County secured two grants from the Competitive Florida Partnership and Community Planning Technical Assistance