Doing Business Here
Hamilton County’s location provides perfect positioning for a range of industries. We are welcoming of businesses of all sizes because we understand that a healthy and holistic economy provides opportunities from the upcoming entrepreneur to the industrial equipment supplier, from the international phosphate mining company to an Italian precision agriculture company. And just as they have found success in our hometown, you can too. Below are just some of the many reasons Florida’s Front Porch can work for you.
Hamilton County is home to the first three exits in Florida on Interstate 75, near the I-10 corridor, connecting these two primary interstates is a key axis point from the Port of Miami in the South to JaxPort in Jacksonville to the east. This logistical crossroads offers companies a real-time solution to market distribution.
Distance to Major Markets
|Jacksonville/JaxPort||90 miles||90 minutes|
|Tallahassee/Tallahassee International Airport||96 miles||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Orlando||192 miles||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Port of Tampa||200 miles||3 hours|
|Port of Savannah||200 miles||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Atlanta/Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport||250 miles||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Port Pensacola||280 miles||4 hours|
|Mobile||325 miles||4 hours 40 minutes|
Key Transportation & Freight Facilities*
|Strategic Intermodal System (SIS)||I-75|
|SIS Airports||Jacksonville International Airport (JIA)|
|Non SIS State Highways||US 41, US 129, SR 6, SR 25, SR 136, SR 143|
|General Aviation Airports||Lake City Gateway Airport (KLCQ)|
Top Private Employers – 30 Minute Radius
|White Springs Agricultural Chemicals||500-999|
|Lowe’s Distribution Center||500-999|
|Target Distribution Center||500-999|
Source: JobsEQ, updated July 2019
- Lake City Gateway Airport (KLCQ) has an 8,003-foot runway which can accommodate nearly any aircraft. The airport has undergone several recent improvements, including an extended taxiway, a new tower and administration building and facility improvements.
- The Tallahassee International Airport offers a primary commercial carrier in Delta, and is a significant carrier of freight in the region with FedEx and DHL.
- Jacksonville International Airport, just 75 miles away, is served by 15 major and regional airlines that offer 250 daily flights to and from most major cities in the country and is an international gateway.
Partners in Business Development, Location and Expansion
Florida’s economic development team is strong with assistance provided by Enterprise Florida, the state’s principal economic development organization and CareerSource Florida, the statewide workforce policy and investment board. Together, with the Hamilton County Development Authority, we stand ready to welcome you with the talented workforce, top-ranked infrastructure, global connectivity and quality of life your company needs.
Ensuring Speed to Market
Locate in Hamilton County and be welcomed by business-friendly leadership where permitting can be complete in a little as 45 days. Our business-friendly environment extends from the community, to the county to the state level with state regulatory agencies committed to providing quicker, less costly and more predictable permit approvals without reducing environmental standards that make our state and county a great place to live.
The Incumbent Worker Training Program is funded by the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and administered by Workforce Florida. Through this program, Florida is able to provide training to currently employed workers to keep Florida’s workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses.
Quick Response Training (QRT) is a customer-driven training program designed as an inducement to secure new value-added businesses to Florida as well as provide existing businesses the necessary training for expansion. Through this incentive, Florida is able to effectively retain, expand and attract employers offering high-quality jobs. The program is flexible and structured to respond quickly to meeting business-training objectives. Workforce Florida, Inc., the state’s public-private partnership created to coordinate job training efforts, administers the program.
Known as the Road Fund is an incentive tool designed to alleviate transportation problems that adversely impact a specific company’s location or expansion decision. The elimination of the problem must serve as an inducement for a specific company’s location, retention, or expansion project in Florida.
A Rural Job Tax Credit is an incentive for eligible businesses located in one of Florida’s 33 rural counties to create new jobs. The tax credit provides for $1,000 per qualified job and can only be taken against either the Florida Corporate Income Tax or the Florida Sales and Use Tax. Five million dollars of tax credits may be approved in a calendar year. These tax credits are provided to encourage meaningful employment opportunities that will improve the quality of life those employed and to encourage economic expansion of new and existing businesses in rural areas of Florida.
Charges for electricity used directly and exclusively at a fixed location to operate machinery and equipment that is used to manufacture, process, compound, or produce items of tangible personal property for sale, or to operate pollution control equipment, recycling equipment, maintenance equipment, or monitoring or control equipment used in such operations, may be exempt from the sales tax.
Workforce & Talent
Hamilton County Florida is a small county, but we are part of the dynamic North Florida region. Our region is home to extensive manufacturing, logistics and agricultural companies who have recognized the benefits of our reliable workforce. Our region is home to more than 17,000 veterans with an additional 560+ military exits annually – providing your business a skilled workforce.
|Hamilton County 60-Minute Region||Demographics|
|Labor Force Participation Rate (civilian population 16 years and over)||50.6%|
|Prime-Age Labor Force Participation Rate (civilian population 25-54)||65.7%|
|Veterans, Age 18-64||17,405|
|High School Graduate||36.1%|
|Some College, No Degree||21.0%|
Our region is characterized by a diverse mix of industries that take advantage of our logistical, workforce, infrastructure assets combined with Florida’s business-friendly tax environment.
|62||Health Care and Social Assistance||17,881||0.91|
|48||Transportation and Warehousing||7,675||1.19|
|11||Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting||5,653||3.02|
|54||Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||2,985||0.32|
|52||Finance and Insurance||2,500||0.45|
Our talent offers your company reliability and affordability without sacrificing skill. Our regional cost of living is lower as well but our quality of place amenities with parks, trails, rivers and lakes offers your employees a place they want to call home.
Mean Annual Wages
USA Mean Annual Wage
|43-0000||Office and Administrative Support Occupations||$34,500||$42,400|
|53-0000||Transportation & Material Moving Occupations||$33,600||$39,600|
|29-0000||Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations||$72,100||$86,900|
|47-0000||Construction & Extraction Occupations||$39,000||$53,400|
|49-0000||Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations||$41,700||$52,100|
Awards & Certificates
We want to make sure you have the talent for today and tomorrow. Our six regional technical schools, colleges and universities are awarding certificates and degrees in the programs you need most.
|CIP Code||Title||Certificates & 2-Year Awards||4-Year Awards||Postgraduate Awards||Total Awards|
|51.3901||Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training||397||0||0||397|
|51.3801||Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||203||164||13||380|
|52.0201||Business Administration and Management, General||89||104||29||222|
|43.0104||Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||110||76||2||188|
|49.0205||Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor||172||0||0||172|
|51.0904||Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)||160||0||0||160|
|47.0303||Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology||105||0||0||105|
|51.3902||Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide||95||0||0||95|