Shovel-ready Properties.
Bartow has hundreds and hundreds of acres ready for developers, let us show you around.
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Easy Permitting.
Bartow has a pro-business attitude. Let us prove it. Bartow is also proactive in offering incentives to businesses.
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Business Friendly.
We're here to help you find what you need. Bartow is open to help you streamline your development process. We partner with area schools to prepare your future workforce.
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Lower Utility Costs.
Bartow offers affordable and up-to-par municipal services, including low-cost electricity.
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  • Shovel-ready Properties.
  • Easy Permitting.
  • Business Friendly.
  • Lower Utility Costs.



Find out more about becoming a Bartow Economic Development Stakeholder here.

The Bartow Economic Development Council is now accepting nominations for the 9th Annual Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards, and the Bartow Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Bartow Award. Any Chamber Member can nominate any fellow Chamber Member, including your own business for any of the following categories:

• Service / Professional Business of the Year: (includes non-retail professional businesses such as banks, insurance companies, medical professional, accountants, attorneys, construction companies, etc.)

• Retail Business of the Year: (includes any business that sells merchandise directly to the public such as gift shops, auto dealers, restaurants, etc.)

• Emerging Business of the Year: (any Bartow business open less than three years – cannot be a buyout of an existing company)

• Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year: (any non-profit business/organization)

• Community Service Business of the Year: (includes any business that has contributed to the community through donations of time or financial resources to improve the area’s quality of life)

• Bartow Chamber Spirit of Bartow Award: (any individual who has given their personal time or other resources considered to be “above and beyond” in the spirit of community support)

Each business nominated will receive two free tickets to the Bartow Economic Development Council’s Annual Meeting: Champions Cup, October 18, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at the Bartow Civic Center.
All other tickets are $65 each and are available at the Bartow Chamber or register to attend or sponsor a table of 8 here.

All awards will be judged by a blue-ribbon committee of Bartow Economic Development Council members based upon the following criteria:

Bartow Economic Development Council Business & Industry Awards
Nominees should champion exemplary best practices in the
areas of customer service, sustainability, employee retention and
opportunity, reputation and positive influence on the economic
well-being of the Bartow area business community.

Bartow Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Bartow Award
Nominees for this award should be an individual or group that
has significantly contributed to the Bartow community
and their individual accomplishments/contributions
made a positive impact on the area’s quality of life.




Lilly, O’Toole & Brown Building

145-195 S Central Ave, Bartow, FL 33830




The first floor is 1800 square feet of Class A office space. It has a reception area, two office suites, conference room, kitchen, restrooms, storage, garage parking and parking lot for clients. For more information, call 863-224-3503



Rob Clancey, BEDC President 

Bartow Economic Development Council



  • The Bartow Economic Development Council (BEDC) is a non-profit organization with the goal of developing a strong and competitive economy through fostering and encouraging new business development and business retention, while embracing Bartow’s quality of life offered to its citizens.
    To make Bartow a model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by its diverse people and businesses.
    We recognize that our work on behalf of the people of Bartow must be about more than bricks and mortar: we have a responsibility to ensure that our efforts help create jobs that pay well and provide ladders to long-term employment and economic resiliency.
    Start up funding of the BEDC began in 2015, when the City of Bartow and Bartow’s Community Redevelopment Agency each earmarked 45,000 for the organization, with the understanding that eventually, the non-profit organization will become self-sufficient with private sector funds.
About BEDC
  • Retain and grow existing businesses
  • Support new business creation
  • Develop educational opportunities for talent growth
  • Eliminate the barriers of doing business
  • Promote talented, educated, diverse workforce