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Located in Central Florida, the City of Lake Wales lies among rolling hills on the highest ground in peninsular Florida. Because of the area's rich soil and warm climate, citrus has been a major contributor to the local economy since the earliest days of the City. Recently, the area has been successful in attracting light manufacturing, construction, and electronics firms. In addition, major retailers have begun to locate facilities throughout the City.

Geographically centered in the state, and at the intersection of two major highways, Lake Wales is located in one of the most desirable locations in Florida for manufacturing and distribution. Approximately 7 million people --half of Florida's population-- reside within a 100 mile radius.

The City's slogan "Progressive Vision • Vintage Charm" is apt in describing Lake Wales' conscious commitment to its rich architectural and cultural heritage while creating an environment conducive to economic growth. Lake Wales is committed to providing one of the most efficient economic development teams in Florida to assist you in the site selection process and the permitting and regulating stage of your project.

Although Lake Wales' early planners could not have known the tremendous growth Florida would see during the 90 years after their plans were set forth, these forefathers had the vision to create a design that still works well today. It all began by choosing the perfect location. Lake Wales, nineteen square miles in size, in the Heart of Florida is ready to be your perfect business location too.

Visit the website of our new 165-acre Longleaf Business Park. For information about the Business Park and other economic development opportunities in Lake Wales, Florida, contact the Lake Wales Economic Development Council at (863) 676-3445 or send e-mail inquiries

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