Glades County’s economy has historically been predominately agriculture and natural resource based, creating strong synergies with food processing and other forms of advanced manufacturing, as citrus processing and sugar cane refining have grown to employ advanced manufacturing techniques involving robotics, programable logic controls, hydraulics, machining and mechanics and other transferrable skills. This industry diversification has also lent itself to advances in logistics, creating a strong demand not only for forklift operators and truck drivers, but for IT employees skilled in database management including field to market tracking.  

We have been working to diversify our economic base beyond agriculture, striving to develop a three-legged stool for economic development, continuing with ag as long as ag is sustainable, while encouraging related agribusiness development, including fertilizer production, mulch and lawn care product manufacturing and warehousing and production of building materials and supplies ranging from golf course sands to redimix, mulch to mortar.

Going forward, our goal is to move beyond food processing and agribusiness production to other forms of advanced manufacturing and logistics, such as metals and materials manufacturing, medical device manufacturing and others to take advantage of transferrable skills in conventional and CNC machining, mechanics and other disciplines.

The second leg of our economic development strategy focuses on tourism development, seeking to capitalize on our nature-based tourism assets, beginning with the 40 miles of Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail trailheads, 60-odd miles of Caloosahatchee Riverfront and 52 miles of canoeing trails on Fisheating Creek.

Our remaining “target industries” are in the areas of Cleantech and marine industries.


It should be noted that global logistics, clean tech and advanced manufacturing are target industries for the state of Florida, making projects in those emerging technologies potentially eligible for special incentives. As a rural county, other non-targeted projects may be eligible for incentives based on submission of a waiver.


For a customized analysis of the various state and local incentives which might be available to your company if you consider expanding or relocating to Glades County, contact:

Tracy Whirls, Executive Director
Glades County Economic Development Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 1003
Moore Haven, FL 33471
Phone: (863) 946-0300
Fax: (863) 946-0777
Cell: (863) 227-2438
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