Workforce Focus: Site Selection & Quality Of Life

Community involvement and access to a rich variety of activities and amenities have climbed the list of factors for site decisions.

Hernando County, Florida: Start Here, Stay Here

Hernando County, in the dynamic Tampa Bay Region, welcomes you with the perfect blend of business and lifestyle opportunities. Availability, affordability, accessibility, and community, that’s what we’re all about.

Hernando County is known as Florida’s Adventure Coast, thanks to an abundance of coastal and other outdoor recreational activities. On the Gulf of Mexico, the Hernando County coast will lure you to some of the best fishing, scalloping and shallow water boating in west central Florida. Inland, enjoy playing championship golf courses and kayaking on a matrix of waterways.

Quality of Life, Site Selection
Barrette Outdoor Living, a manufacturer of fencing, railing, decking, and gates, has expanded in Hernando County, FL with this 175,000-square-foot PVC plant. (Photo: Hernando County, FL)


The metro markets of Tampa and Orlando are just a short drive away for Hernando County residents to access a range of professional sports venues, concert halls, cultural and fine arts, as well as some of the top-ranked beaches in the United States. Residents enjoy big-city conveniences while living in an active suburban community where the cost of living consistently ranks lowest of Tampa Bay’s seven-county region.

Hernando is the most affordable county in the Tampa Bay Region, offering lifestyle choices from waterfront to country club to ranches to historic homes. These amenities, combined with a business-friendly government, available land, and well-trained workforce, make Hernando County a natural choice for business relocation and expansion.

The Brooksville–Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center (BKV) serves up opportunity just 40 minutes north of Tampa International Airport. Perfect for aviation-related businesses, this general aviation airport features a 7,000ft ILS equipped primary runway (with plans to extend to 8,000ft), an air traffic control tower and newly revealed airside development parcels. The Technology Center is a premier business location and epicenter of economic development. An expansive 2,400-acres, BKV’s master planned campus boasts available manufacturing buildings, 1,000+ acres for development, sites with direct access for aircraft movement and parking, and a Duke Energy Ready Site 285-acre parcel with infrastructure.

With 300,000 workers within a 30-minute drive, a technical high school and the Wilton Simpson Technical College nearby, BKV is home to successful businesses such as Airdyne Aerospace, Pem-Air Turbine Engine Services, American Aviation Flight Academy, AccuformNMC, Barrette Outdoor Living, and Micro-Matic USA.

Hernando County has invested in the BKV Tech Center by providing infrastructure ready sites for business expansion needs. Road, water, and sewer are available throughout the park; drainage and water retention are master planned. By combining State of Florida incentives, workforce training programs and our Expedited Permitting and Inspection Certification program (EPIC), Hernando County is the ideal place for business to thrive.

Accessibility and transportation are essential, and with five major highways crisscrossing Hernando County, shipping and receiving is a breeze. On the east side of the county, just one mile from Interstate 75 and State Road 50 (central Florida’s east-west artery) and 40 miles from the Florida Turnpike, several developers are planning large scale projects.

Building the pipeline for your future workforce needs is a top priority in Hernando County and throughout the Tampa Bay Region. Relationships with the local school system and post-secondary institutions help influence curriculum and workforce training programs to suit specific business requirements. Partnerships with Wilton Simpson Technical College, Pasco-Hernando State College, St. Leo University, University of South Florida, University of Florida, and University of Central Florida, along with a robust technical high school ensures access to business expertise, as well as a pool of well-trained and motivated employees.

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