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Local State College to Create Mobile Welding Lab
05/23/2018 | South Florida State College (SFSC) was awarded $500,000 through a special funding allocation by the Florida legislature to create a mobile welding lab that will provide low-cost, high-demand workforce training to the residents of DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties.   &ldquo

Nucor Steel Mill Coming to Area
03/15/2018 | CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today that it will build a rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Florida, which is located in Polk County and just minutes from Highlands

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 an existing spring water company in Lake Placid, FL.   The commissioners approved a Large Scale Comprehensive Plan Land Use Amendment from Agriculture to Public

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 — Advanced Placement classes, with students in the class of 2017 continuing a decade-long trend of AP improvement, results released Wednesday showed. Nearly 31 percent of Florida

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 for employment gains in 2017.    Only one other Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) made the list of “Top 25 cities adding (and losing) the

Florida Ranks #4 in Nation for Tax Climate
10/20/2017 | The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. While there are many ways to show how much is

Highlands County Enhances Digital Economic Development Efforts
09/20/2017 | The Highlands County Economic Development office is launching a complete suite of enhanced digital services.   Among the new services is its website, www.HighlandsBusiness.com. The site is rich in information and is designed to put key information at

PLEASE TAKE OUR “20 QUESTIONS” e-SURVEY
08/15/2017 | Want to help Florida’s Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity (FHERO)? Click on this link for an anonymous, 3-minute survey that will help us create a new brand identity. FHERO will use it to market

Sebring Airport Awarded Grant for Apron Replacement
08/15/2017 | Rooney Announces Grant for Sebring Regional Airport Aug 11, 2017  - Press Release   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be awarding a $415,775 grant to Sebring Regional Airport to help

Sebring Airport Partners With Chinese General Aviation Capitol
04/27/2017 | On April 27, 2017, Sebring Airport Authority (SAA) and the City of Sebring hosted Chinese delegates from the Aero Sport Association (ASA) in An Yang City, Henan Province in the People’s Republic of China. The purpose of the meeting


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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
$300,000 EDA Grant Awarded to Support Growth of Aviation Industry in Polk & Highlands Counties
09/04/2018 | Aviation and aerospace industry development in Polk and Highlands counties recently received a boost when