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.

Hamilton County’s Elected Leadership Help Create a Business-Friendly Climate
The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners are supportive of the economic development efforts of the Hamilton County Development Authority. Working hand-in-hand, they can help you locate or expand your business in Florida’s Front Porch community.

Distance to Major Markets

Location Distance Drive Time
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*

Type Available
Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) I-75
SIS Railroads CSX
SIS Airports Jacksonville International Airport (JIA)
Seaports JAXPORT
Non SIS State Highways US 41, US 129, SR 6, SR 25, SR 136, SR 143
General Aviation Airports Lake City Gateway Airport (KLCQ)

Source: Florida Department of Transportation

Top Private Employers – 30 Minute Radius

Company  Employment
White Springs Agricultural Chemicals  500-999
Lowe’s Distribution Center  500-999
Target Distribution Center  500-999
PCS Phosphate  100-249

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.

Business Climate

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.

Bottom-Line Advantages

Incumbent Worker Training

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

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.

The Economic Development Transportation Fund

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.

Rural Job Tax Credit

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.

Sales Tax Exemption on Electricity and Steam

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.

Talent Pipeline

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
Population (ACS) 389,999
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%
Associate’s Degree 9.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 11.2%
Postgraduate Degree 5.7%

Industry Snapshot

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.

NAICS Industry Employment LQ
62 Health Care and Social Assistance 17,881 0.91
31 Manufacturing 12,293 1.13
48 Transportation and Warehousing 7,675 1.19
23 Construction 7,126 0.92
11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 5,653 3.02
42 Wholesale Trade 3,694 0.73
54 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,985 0.32
52 Finance and Insurance 2,500 0.45
51 Information 1,794 0.69

Occupation Snapshot

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.

SOC Occupation

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
11-0000 Management Occupations $78,400 $120,800
51-0000 Production Occupations $35,400 $41,700
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
48.0508 Welding Technology/Welder 212 0 0 212
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
52.0213 Organizational Leadership 0 90 0 90