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.

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.


Read about the new environmentally friendly $70-million plant that will produce high-grade rock from secondary recovery of tailings on formerly mined lands. New high-end jobs for Bartow.

 


Doing business during COVID-19?

You don’t need to go it alone. BayCare Employer Services, backed by the clinical guidance of the region’s largest healthcare provider, can help. BayCare offers one-on-one consultations to businesses to help identify risk levels in their workplace and to determine appropriate control measures to put in place, including how to respond when an employee tests positive.

For more information call BayCare Employer Solutions at (844)420-8364 or learn more at www.BayCareEmployerSolutions.org


Peace River Citrus Expansion

The Peace River Citrus Products, Inc.’s $98 million expansion is set to be completed the first quarter of 2022 and promises 175 new high paying jobs to Polk County.

One of the largest development projects to come to Bartow in years, the manufacturing facility is a major investment in Bartow with the 320,000 square foot facility and promises to pay its employees an average annual wage of at least $47,204. Peace River, also one of the state’s largest citrus growers, has partnered with Coca Cola on several projects to enhance Florida’s citrus industry. These photos updated May 1, 2021.

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SBA Webinars: How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery.


Local News:

Polk’s New Superintendent, Frederick R. Heid

Get to know more about him here.

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BayCare Bartow Regional Medical Center Named Top Small Community Hospital

Read more about it here.


How are Polk County and Florida doing?

FLORIDA Scorecard

POLK COUNTY Scorecard



BARTOW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL & STAKEHOLDERS

HISTORY AND FUNDING:
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. Membership is offered at several levels of investment – General members, Executive Council members,  and Highly Skilled Investors. The BEDC’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteer community leaders.

PRESIDENT: ROB CLANCEY

510 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830

Phone (at the Chamber) 863-533-7125, Cell 863-899-3406

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Rob Clancey, BEDC President 

Bartow Economic Development Council

863-533-7125

863-899-3406

  • 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