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Site Benefits of Glades County

glades county swfledaGlades County is an agriculture location on the rise! Between Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River, the area is rich in both soil and economic climate. Thanks to plenty of crops for citrus, sugarcane, and cattle the area is being primed to be the next big agriculture hotspot and that means it’s becoming a central business location!

Glades County is nestled near the center of the state of Florida, just along Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida. Near major highways, big cities, and the best universities, Glades County is the go-to spot for professional endeavors and recreational activities.

Check out how this central location is building the workforce in southwest Florida!

Business Incentives


Glades County is home to some of the most generous business incentives in the state. In addition to boasting an Enterprise Zone that spans much of the county, including property adjacent to the best road, rail, water and utilities infrastructure, and an economic development tax abatement which is not restricted to manufacturing, Glades County also enjoys certain incentives based on its designation as a rural county.

Foreign Trade Zone Status

Glades County is one of six counties in Florida’s Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) region. As such, industrial properties in Glades County will enjoy free trade zone status under FTZ 215 as a usage driven FTZ site. Additional incentives including quick response training programs may be available through the State of Florida.

Enterprise Zone Incentives

Tax incentives are offered to businesses that are located in the Glades County Enterprise Zone. These incentives are available to businesses who pay either the Florida Corporate Income Tax or the Florida Sales and Use Tax and hire workers who live in any Enterprise Zone.

Sales Tax Exemption for Electrical Energy

New or expanding businesses within the Glades County Enterprise Zone are exempted from current and future municipal taxes on electrical service. Qualified businesses shall receive an exemption equal to 50 or 100 percent of sales tax charged on electricity as stated in Florida Statute 212.08(15) and Statute 166.231(8) for a period of five years.

Property Tax Credit (Corporate Income Tax)

New or expanded businesses located within an Enterprise Zone are allowed a credit against Florida corporate income tax equal to 96 percent of ad valorem taxes paid on the new or improved property.

By filing an application for the Enterprise Zone property tax incentive, the client company may receive a rebate from the state against corporate income tax, based on the value of the company’s property and the amount of local ad valorem taxes paid on that property. The credit can be claimed for five years, up to a maximum of $50,000 a year, for a total of $250,000.

Building Materials Sales Tax Refund

A refund is available for sales taxes paid on the purchase of building materials used to rehabilitate real property located in an Enterprise Zone. The company would be eligible for a refund of 97 percent of the sales tax paid on building materials, up to $10,000 per parcel (if 20 percent of your employees live in an Enterprise Zone), for building materials used for constructing the facility.

That includes employees who live in neighboring counties’ Enterprise Zones as well as Glades County’s Enterprise Zone.

Business Equipment Sales Tax Refund

A refund is available for sales taxes paid on the purchase of certain business equipment, up to $10,000 per parcel, which is used exclusively in an Enterprise Zone for at least three years. This is in addition to the capital equipment sales tax exemption offered by the state of Florida to manufacturing companies.

Jobs Tax Credit

The Company may also be eligible for Enterprise Zone job creation credits, worth up to $8,000 per job, through the QTI tax refund program and a Rural Job Tax Credit worth $1,000 per new employee, which can be applied against either Florida corporate or sales tax.

The job tax credit against corporate income tax provides a credit of 30 percent of wages paid to new employees who are residents of a Florida Enterprise Zone; and if more than 20 percent of the company’s employees are residents of a Florida Enterprise Zone, or a rural county, the credit is up to 45 percent of wages paid. Alternatively, the company could claim the jobs credit against sales tax.

Growing Your Business in Glades County

Become a part of a county that’s making waves in southwest Florida. If you’re a site selector or business owner looking to bring a new business to Charlotte County or explore nearby locations, the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance (SWFLEDA) is here to help you take advantage of the many benefits available.

Contact SWFLEDA President Eric Berglund at eberglund@swfleda.com or call 844-707-SWFL for a confidential consultation.