2019 Fantastic Flagler Visitor, Newcomer & Resident Guide 2019_Fantastic_Flagler__Visitor-Newcomer-Resident- - Page 82

BUSINESS TO BEACHES TM business to Beaches THE BES T PL ACE F OR BUSINESS WHO WE ARE The Flagler County Department of Opportunity (FCDEO) provides the leadership to strengthen the local economy. Its charge is to facilitate the expansion and diversification of the County’s economic base with targeted industries. Through the recruitment, retention and expansion of these industries, the FCDEO facilitates the creation of quality jobs, infusion of capital investment and ensures a higher standard of living. Executive Director Helga Van Eckert champions the economic development efforts. She and her staff work closely with a nine-person volunteer board of residents with diverse industry backgrounds that make up the County’s Economic Opportunity Advisory Council (EOAC). Through the assistance of the FCDEO, companies wishing to relocate to the area will find opportunities to control costs, reduce their tax burden and plan growth in a stable environment. The County’s low cost of operation, skilled workforce and high quality of life provide the perfect balance for businesses and employees. Additionally, the staff understands the intricacies of » » Competitive and Creative Incentives: Flagler County is aggressively seeking to expand the local economy and is offering competitive performance-based incentive programs. » » Proximity to Innovation: The County is part of the Florida High Tech Corridor—a technology-rich region united by three research universities, whose mission is to grow the high-tech industry. » » Employee Training/Education: Flagler County boasts excellent customized employee training programs through our Daytona State College and CareerSource Flagler Volusia. » » Skilled Workforce: Flagler County has qualified available workers representing diverse industries. » » Fiber Optics Internet Redundancy: Consistent reliability, higher speeds and dedicated bandwidth give companies in Flagler County a distinct technological advantage. » » Available Facilities: There are facilities available that will allow your footprint to grow. » » Quality of Life: Flagler County offers all of the metropolitan advantages without the typical urban headaches. business and stands ready to assist with a level of personal attention that is unparalleled. THE FLAGLER COUNTY COMPETITIVE EDGE » » Favorable Cost-of-Living: Flagler County’s cost-of-living index is 8% below the national average. » » Cost-Effective Tax & Wage Structure: Flagler County has a business-friendly tax climate, no State income FLAGLER COUNTY’S TARGET INDUSTRIES While all industries are valued and considered, target industries may have additional advantages or assistance available. tax and the average annual wage is nearly half the » » Agriculture » » Life Sciences national average. » » Aviation/Aerospace » » High-technology » » Green Technology » » Logistics/Manufacturing 80    flaglerchamber.org  •  visitflagler.com