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FLORIDA’S HEARTLAND

INFRASTRUCTURE

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.

 

Roadways

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

Railways move cargo and people thru the region.

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

Seaports

The region is close to 14 deepwater seaports.

Greenways

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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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