Glades County

is a place of possibility and opportunity

Land for Opportunity

Glades County’s central location within Southern Florida, is just over two hours from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando—and nearly equidistant between Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. This makes us a natural hub for the emerging international and domestic warehousing/distribution and manufacturing markets, all via road, rail and air. And, our agricultural heritage makes us the natural epicenter for renewable energy and food processing, including cold chain storage facilities.

The County Seat of Glades County, Moore Haven, is located on the Okeechobee Waterway which connects the east and west coasts of Florida, from the Gulf in Fort Myers, via the Caloosahatchee River, across Lake Okeechobee to Stuart and the Atlantic, offering marine industries affordable safe harbor.

This centrality not only gives us access to growing southern Florida markets located within a two-hour drive, but an unparalleled access to a growing workforce in excess of 100,000 within 45-minutes. Glades County boasts shovel-ready sites, within the Glades County Business and Commerce Park and the 770—acre rail-served Americas Gateway Logistics Center, with entitlements in place for a mix of commercial to heavy industrial uses.

Glades County also offers a local option economic development tax abatement, which allows companies to apply to the Board of County Commissioners for and abatement of the county portion of projected ad valorem taxes from 10 percent to 100 percent for up to ten years, based on the number of jobs expected to be created, and the salaries associated with those jobs. Glades County’s commission may award the abatement for any new business which locates in the county, at their discretion.

Glades County offers many benefits for your business, including: 

  • Access to the Florida market south of the I-4 corridor
  • Water for cooling and heating
  • Power capacity—both electricity and natural gas
  • US 27 capacity (four and six lane divided) with connectivity to the I-4 corridor, Southeast and Southern Florida and five South Florida ports providing connectivity to the international market
  • A ready, willing and able workforce to be trained at iTECH Glades
  • Education facilities with capacity to incorporate customized, grant-funding training programs
  • A short-line railroad that is well run and ready to move freight via CSX and FEC
  • Connectivity to Midwest, Southwest and Western markets via ship, rail, or road
  • Eligible for foreign trade zone incentives via FTZ 215
  • Plentiful and affordable land

For all these reasons, Glades County connects your business with exciting opportunities.