Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ten Reasons to live and work in Apopka

1) Strategic Location

Located in the heart of Central Florida, Apopka offers quick access to major roadways, rail and airports.

The recently completed Western Beltway (SR 429) offers a direct connection to the Florida Turnpike and links to I-75, SR 408 and I-4.

Two international airports are located close to the City, the Orlando International Airport and the Orlando Sanford International Airport both within 26 miles. To the west the City has its own regional airport, located along US 441.

2) Exceptional Quality of LifeThe Apopka area is a great place to live and work too.

It offers a small town atmosphere with the amenities of a large metropolitan area within reach.

Apopka public schools are required to comply with challenging standards and successfully prepare children for future college requirements.

The schools in the area are recognized for their quality education, student involvement and athletic excellence.

3)Pro-Business Leadership The City of Apopka offers a fast and friendly development review process creating an environment where businesses can grow.

The Metro Orlando Economic Development Council and the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce are positioned to help businesses prosper.

The cost of doing business in Apopka is often lower than in other markets in Florida and the nation. The City offers free Wi-Fi.

4) Business Incentives = Business Advantages

Locating your business in Apopka can be a business advantage. The South Apopka Enterprise Zone (EZ), #4802, encompasses approximately 16.84 square miles on the southwest side of the City.

State tax refunds and local property tax credits are offered to businesses that invest in the EZ areas. The City also contains a HUB zone, an area targeted for small business development.

Companies located in the HUB zone have an advantage over non-HUB zone companies when competing for local, state and national government procurement contracts.

Apopka also partners with Orange County, and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission to provide state tax incentives, and other financial assistance to companies locating or expanding in Apopka.

These incentives can provide your company with an ongoing competitive advantage in the marketplace.

5) Highly Educated and Productive Workforce

The City of Apopka is one of the fastest growing communities in Central Florida. Its diverse population allows businesses to find qualified employees and the customer base they need to succeed.

Recent statistics indicate that approximately 61% of the population 25 years old or older in the City has a high school diploma, and about 26% have an associate, bachelor or graduate degree.

6) Diverse EconomyApopka is the second largest city in Orange County. For many years, the City has been known as the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World. The economy of the City is diversified without forgetting its heritage.

Today, the City is home to numerous agriculture-related businesses as well as warehouse/distribution centers, manufacturing, communications technology businesses, and even a research institute, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

Some of the technology leaders located in the Apopka area include Sprint, Sawtek (a TriQuint semiconductor company), and Northrop Grumman (defense laser unit).

7) Development Opportunities The Apopka area offers excellent infrastructure and affordable vacant land and facilities.

In recent years, the City has invested on major infrastructure improvements (water, sewer, reclaimed water) to accommodate growth.

Substantial roadway improvements have been completed (SR 429, John Land Apopka Expressway) and will continue as the Wekiva Expressway is planned to connect SR 429 with I-4.

8) Recreational and Cultural Resources

The Apopka area offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, from theme parks to bass fishing and golf courses.

Apopka is only minutes away from the Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World theme parks and resorts.

The City of Apopka is surrounded by natural springs and is connected to a regional network of multi-use trails. The West Orange Trail will eventually be a part of the 200 mile planned regional connection known as the Central Florida Loop.

In addition to the outdoors, Apopka is only minutes away from cultural facilities such as museums, libraries and theaters.

9) Cost of LivingApopka has one of the lowest millage rates in Central Florida and a cost of living below the national average. Compared to the rest of the country, Apopka’s cost of living is 5% lower than the U.S. average.

10) Progressive EducationApopka public schools, which are a part of the Orange County school system, are fully accredited by the Accreditation Department of the Florida State School Board. The middle and senior high schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, Universities and Secondary Schools.

 The City is served by eleven elementary, three middle and two high schools. Numerous colleges and universities are located in the area: University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Seminole State College, Valencia Community College, and Lake-Sumter Community College.

The City also houses the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), which is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. MREC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in horticultural sciences. The facility, across the street from Lake Apopka, includes over 40,000 square feet of space devoted to research of plant growth and production.

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