Glades County’s central location within Southern Florida, just over two hours from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando and nearly equidistant between Fort Myers and West Palm Beach makes us a natural hub for the emerging international and domestic warehousing/distribution and manufacturing markets, via road, rail and air.
Our agricultural heritage makes us the natural epicenter for renewable energy.
The County seat of Glades County, Moore Haven, is located on the intercoastal waterway which bisects the east and west coasts of Florida, from the Gulf in Fort Myers, via the Caloosahatchee River, across Lake Okeechobee to Stuart and the Atlantic, offering marine industries affordable safe harbor.
This centrality not only gives us access to growing southern Florida markets located within an hour’s drive time, but an unparalleled access to a growing workforce. Glades County boasts a number of shovel ready sites, many located within an Enterprise Zone, which offers special tax incentives for credits against corporate or sales tax for job creation, sales tax refunds for purchases of business machinery and equipment, building materials sales tax refunds and corporate income tax refunds equal to 96% of the value of new or improved property.
Glades County also offers a local option economic development tax abatement, which allows companies to apply to the Board of County Commissioners for an abatement of the county portion of projected ad valorem taxes from 10 percent to 100 percent for up to ten years, based on the number of jobs expected to be created, and the salaries associated with those jobs. Unlike other counties which impose a cumbersome application process and quantitative formula for making tax abatement awards, Glades County’s commission may award the abatement for any new business which locates in the county, at their discretion.
For all of these reasons, Glades County is the land for opportunity for your business expansion or relocation.