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The Ideal Landing Site for Aviation, Distribution, Advanced and Medical Device Manufacturing.

Is your company involved in distribution and logistics? Advanced manufacturing or medical device production? Need a back office location for a call center or financial research? You’ll love Charlotte County’s skilled workforce of 240,000+ in easy commuting distance.

Aviation Support

Experts predict that one million-plus new aviation jobs will open up the coming years. Now, many of these new hires will earn their wings in Charlotte County, thanks to a partnership with the highly regarded College of Aviation at Western Michigan University. Pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission, advanced degrees in flight training, airport operations and management, and aviation mechanics (Airframe and Powerplant, or A&P) will be offered at the local campus of Florida SouthWestern State College and the newly renovated Punta Gorda Airport. Charlotte County is the ideal location for aviation support firms, with prime airport sites and buildings available.

Distribution and Logistics

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Florida #2 in state infrastructure. So Charlotte County lands you in the middle of one of the world’s best transportation networks. Need seaports? There are five major ports within an easy, half day drive – and that includes the nearby Port of Manatee for direct passage to the enhanced Panama Canal. Choose from five international airports in the same easy driving distance. What’s more, you’ll find five convenient exits off interstate I-75 in Charlotte County.

Advanced Manufacturing

Many experts say the finest training for advanced manufacturing is A&P mechanic training (Airframe and Powerplant for aviation). With a full curriculum coming to Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte County will be leading the way with a new generation of workers offering incredible skill sets for advanced manufacturing firms.   The county is also investing in basic manufacturing training that can be easily upskilled. Looking for zoned, inexpensive land? Low local taxes? Ten-year exemptions?  A top flight state tax structure? It’s all here.

Medical Device Manufacturing

As America’s population continues to age, more and more people need medical devices. With Florida ranked #1 in people over the age of 65, Charlotte County gives you a front row seat to enormous opportunity. We put you closer to the end user, so you can make products where you sell them. That can cut shipping and distribution costs dramatically. In addition, Charlotte County is a great market for testing new devices – there’s a large, receptive audience all around you. Ask about our advanced A&P training program, or our new training initiative in basic manufacturing.

  • Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Data Centers
  • Back Office Operations
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Marine and Related Industries
  • Aircraft and Avionics Related Industries
  • Aquaculture and Related Support Industries
  • Green Technology Industries
  • Construction & Related Industries
  • Smart Technologies
  • Medical Devices, Laboratories & Research
  • Tourism, Sports & Entertainment
  • Enterprise Florida's Target Industries:
    • Cleantech
    • Life Sciences
    • Infotech
    • Aviation/Aerospace
    • Homeland Security/Defense
    • Financial/Professional Services
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