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Putnam County, FL: Looking Toward The Future

Putnam County, Florida, is a progressive rural community with easy access to major metropolitan areas, a competitive business climate, and an attractive lifestyle. We are located in the northeastern region of Florida, just to the south of Jacksonville, which is Florida’s largest municipality by population and size.

We’re nearly equal distance to Jacksonville, Ocala, Daytona, Gainesville, and Orlando, making us the hub of Northeast Florida. We are located within two hours driving distance to all major attractions in central Florida, international airports, and many of Florida’s beautiful beaches. While having a favorable low-cost of doing business, we take pride in a relaxing waterfront life with affordable utilities and proximity to over 20 colleges/universities.

Putnam County Business Park
Putnam County Business Park is a 257-acre site that borders Palatka Municipal Airport. (Photo: Putnam County Chamber of Commerce)

 

Ready Workforce. The available workforce to companies looking to expand or locate in Putnam County is very diverse. Putnam County’s workforce size is 27,877. Putnam County’s labor pool draw area, as calculated by combining Putnam’s labor force plus neighboring Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Flagler, Marion, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties is 756,539. Putnam County’s unemployment rate is 4.1%. Our workforce’s median age is 44 years old, with 70.4% of residents aged 25 and older having a high school diploma and 9.4% of the same age group having a college bachelor’s degree or higher.

Unique Characteristics. Putnam County is the rural heart of North Florida—combining a high quality of life, abundant natural resources, and opportunities for businesses and residents to thrive. The beautiful St. Johns River, one of a few rivers in the world that flows north, is the centerpiece of the county and runs the length of it, making for great waterfront living, as well as providing commercial working waterfront locations.

Vision For Future. Our plan is to continue progressively welcoming balanced growth and further diversifying our industrial base ensuring success and prosperity for all. Our future includes the attraction of quality sustainable jobs that pay competitive wages, providing a prepared workforce with increased skill and education levels, and having more available shovel-ready commercial and industrial sites.

Visit www.putnamcountychamber.com for more information.


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