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Florida Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity (FHERO)

About Florida’s Heartland

Businesses in Florida’s Heartland are strategically positioned to benefit from unique assets such as:

7 deep water ports, 8 international airports, 2 regional airports, 9 municipal airparks, 3 railroads, 3 major interstates, plus the Florida Turnpike
Countless acres of available land
2 foreign trade zones
A workforce of approximately 125,000 within the region and approximately 3 million in contiguous counties
A high speed wireless broadband network, provided by the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance

The mission of Florida's Heartland REDI, Inc. (FHREDI) is to market, facilitate and advocate for regional economic development in South Central Florida.

Florida's Heartland REDI, Inc. (FHREDI)  is a 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization that provides economic development support throughout the south central region.   Partnerships among private and public sector leaders have been fostered to leverage regional assets that provide maximum benefits to the business communities. 

The regional collaboration links and unites leadership networks, transportation networks and technology networks, signifying the collective economic power behind the 6 Counties of Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, the Cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay in Palm Beach County and the Community of Immokalee in Collier County.

South Central Florida’s economic development executives have identified Target Industries that are an ideal fit to our workforce, education and transportation infrastructure:



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