Economic Development Strategy & Map




From a policy perspective, economic development can be defined as efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes and the tax base.


The Economic Development Department implements the Council-approved Economic Development Plan that focuses on the development of target sectors.  The plan includes the "Medical Village" across from the Florida Hospital Waterman, downtown revitalization and special events, Tavares Seaplane Base & Marina, railroad infrastructure improvements, attracting aviation industries, and the enhancement of recreation, sports, and tournament facilities, and redevelopment of the State Road 19 corridor.  The Economic Development Department strives to cultivate an environment that facilitates the success of existing businesses and the attraction of new businesses to enhance the overall economic health and well-being of the City.


The Economic Development Department serves as the concierge to the business community by helping our existing businesses to grow and prosper and to help new businesses be successful. Responsibilities include: administering City incentive programs, providing services for business placement/retention/expansion/recruitment, implementing programs that foster growth & prosperity, create and coordinate major events to stimulate the local economy, and pursue State and Federal grants to improve City facilities and programs.  These activities will create jobs and improve the quality of life for the citizens in the Tavares community.