East Central Florida
Stretching from Central Florida to the Space Coast, the East Central region generates a significant portion of Florida’s technological advances and experienced fast economic growth in the last decade. Home to some of the world’s best and brightest companies, including Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and the world headquarters of Harris Corporation, the region’s well-educated workforce is more than 1.6 million strong. The East Central region includes the MSAs of Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Orlando-Kissimmee and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville.
Innovation and creativity via the nation’s space program started our journey to a vibrant economy in the late 1950’s. Today, as part of Florida’s High Tech Corridor, the East Central region enjoys a diverse economy, with advanced security, aerospace, communications, digital media, electronics, life sciences, photonics, simulation and emerging technologies serving as core economic drivers.
South Central Region
The South Central region enjoys a natural and relaxing environment with the benefit of easy access to multiple metropolitan areas, international airports and deep seaports. With its centralized location, the region is ideal for manufacturing and product distribution. A wealth of land is available for businesses to build structures that specifically fit their needs and still have room for future growth. The South Central region encompasses six counties proud of their competitive cost of doing business and affordable living.
Three interstate highways, the Florida Turnpike, four U.S. highways and twelve state roads traverse the region or pass near it, providing convenient access to Florida and all of North America.
North Central Region
Home to the University of Florida, the largest and most research-intensive university in Florida, North Central Florida is bustling with innovative ideas and entrepreneurial activity. Biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and electronics businesses thrive in an area known for its competitive cost of living and abundance of natural resources, the convenience of large markets, and intermodal transportation corridors that facilitate global exchange. The urban centers of the region are Gainesville and Ocala.
With North Central Florida’s well-developed transportation network, businesses are able to get products to customers quickly. The region is framed by two of Florida’s major interstate highways, I-75 and I-10, and several highways. Multiple rail systems and commercial airports service the region, which is also near the ports of Jacksonville, Port Fernandina and Tampa.