Affordable land and an exceptional pro-business attitude have allowed Lake County to successfully pursue business expansion across a wide range of industries from local, one-man shops to multi-national corporations. With a fully equipped infrastructure system that includes a road and rail system network, Lake’s highways and byways make shipping and transportation to regional employment centers and national shipping corridors quick and easy. Proximity to Florida’s Turnpike also allows for easy and efficient distribution throughout the state and the southeast. Located 30 miles northwest of Orlando, the Leesburg International Airport (LEE) features two runways – 6,300 feet and 4,960 feet. The airport accommodates general aviation and corporate pilots with 24-hour a day services which include FBO facilities, fuel, flight instruction, maintenance, refurbishing, navigational aids, industrial space, hangar space, and open tie-down space. The airport also features a U.S. customs and border protection inspection. Lake County’s strategically located, county-owned commerce park serves as a model for efficient permitting. Other key assets are Lake Technical Center and Lake-Sumter State College, both of which prepare citizens for the challenges of the job market. From ongoing industry cluster analyses to the identification and development of strategic growth corridors, Lake County provides optimal opportunities for businesses to start, grow and thrive.In order to facilitate this growth the county is in the final stages of completing the Wekiva Parkway and the ground breaking ground stages of the Minneola’s Interchange at Florida’s Turnpike. The Wekiva Parkway (SR 429) would connect to SR 417, completing the beltway around Central Florida, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. This estimated $1.6 billion project includes $500 million of non-toll road improvements including:
• Widening seven (7) miles of SR 46 in Lake and Seminole Counties
• Rebuilding the US 441/SR 46 interchange in Mount Dora
• Shifting the CR 46A connection to SR 46 so wildlife can move more safely between habitats
• Providing non-tolled, one-lane service roads parallel to the parkway in part of east Lake and Seminole Counties
• Building a 10-mile, multi-use trail along portions of the parkway in east Lake and Seminole counties
The 25-mile tolled expressway will provide travel alternatives and relieve US 441, SR 46 and other area roads of traffic congestion resulting from growth and travel between Orange, Lake and Seminole Counties.
The Minneola project is a new interchange on the Turnpike Mainline at Milepost 279, north of State Road 50 and south of US 27. The preferred alignment results from a Development Order associated with the proposed Hills of Minneola Development of Regional Impact (DRI). The interchange includes diamond ramps in conjunction with a partial cloverleaf arrangement. All right-of-way required for the project will be donated by the owner and developer, Family Dynamics Land Company, LLC. This interchange is halfway between the Clermont/Winter Garden exit and the Leesburg exit along the Florida Turnpike. This interchange has sparked rapid development for the city. It is proposed that the improvements to Florida’s Turnpike will be accessed by new or extensions of existing roads like Citrus Grove Road, which would become an east/west thoroughfare and connect U.S. Highway 27 to the Florida Turnpike. Hancock Road also has a proposed extension to connect Highway 50 with the new interchange.
The county’s workforce is highly diversified and provides a broad spectrum of opportunities for resident and transients with diverse educational and trade skill backgrounds. The leading employment by industry consists of education and health services (28%), retail trade (17%), leisure and hospitality (13%), and government (9%).
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