Banner Image

Office of Economic Development

Address: 501 South Commerce Ave. Sebring, FL 33870
Fax:         (863) 402-6651

The Office of Economic Development works to foster and promote sustainable economic growth in Highlands County. The development team is here to connect new and expanding businesses to resources that will help their businesses thrive. The office is currently developing a new website to showcase these resources. Contact our team for details on incentives, business resources, infrastructure, available properties, and more.

 Taylor Benson, Coordinator   (863) 402-6924
 Vacant, Specialist
   (863) 402-6906
 Benjamin A. Dunn, MPA, CPM, Development Services Director (863) 402-6650

Economic Development in Highlands County

Highlands Access to Florida Metro Areas
Highlands County is conveniently positioned in the heart of south central Florida, nearly equidistant to the metropolitan areas of Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Naples, and West Palm Beach. More than 82 percent of the state’s population is within a 150-mile radius of Highlands, which equates to more than 15.4 million people.
Its prime location provides direct access to Florida’s ever-growing transportation infrastructure. The county is located in close proximity to seven deep water ports, eight international airports, a regional airport, three railroads, and three major interstates.


Highlands offers an advantageous business climate and streamlined services. With only three municipalities – Avon Park, Lake Placid, and Sebring - county and city staff work collaboratively to expedite permitting processes. New and expanding businesses within the county, if they qualify, have the opportunity for development incentives, like the local Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Abatement, Rural Job Tax Credit Program, Community Development Block Grants, and many more.