DeSoto County Florida | Economic Development Office | 201 E. Oak Street | Suite 201 | Arcadia, FL 34266 | Phone: 863-993-4800 | Fax: 863-993-4808
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Global reach and competitiveness in the true heartland of Florida: The Good Life of DeSoto County is now opening great opportunities for your business.


Multi-modal logistical assets open easy access to domestic and global markets.

DeSoto County offers swift movement, inbound or outbound, and fast arrival at domestic and global destinations, thanks to Florida’s first-class infrastructure, our own extensive multimodal connections, and our strategic location outside urban congestion zones.


High-Powered Highway Network:

Uncongested 360˚ highway access to all parts of the state on I-75, I-4, I-95 and on the expanded US 17 Corridor. Florida’sinvestment in our region’s roads puts your business in the lead.

Global Air Connections:

  • Tampa International Airport - 91 miles
  • Orlando International Airport - 113 miles
  • Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers - 61 miles
  • Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport - 49 miles
  • General Aviation Airports-  Arcadia Municipal Airport, Punta Gorda Airport

Dual Rail Accessibility: „„

CSX and Seminole Gulf Railway connect to Florida’s state-wide rail network, stretching from Jacksonville to Tampa, Palm Beach to Pensacola.

One-Stop Global and Domestic Shipping through the “Wharf of America,” Florida’s Peninsula-wide Port System:

Fast access to 14 Florida ports, including proximity to two ports dredged and prepared for post-Panamax vessels:

  • Port of Manatee - 58 miles     (post-Panamax)
  • Port St. Petersberg- 74 miles
  • Port of Tampa- 88 miles
  • Port of Palm Beach- 124 miles
  • Cape Canaveral Port- 156 miles
  • Port Everglades- 163 miles
  • Port of Miami - 176 miles      (post-Panamax)
  • „„Logistical Support: As Florida readies to compete aggressively for Southeast Asia import/exports, DeSoto puts your company in prime position to benefit.

Just the Facts:

Nearest MSA: Punta Gorda
Time Zone: Eastern
Local Area Code(s): 863
Largest Cities: 1 Arcadia

Federal Interstates:  I-75,  and excellent State Road Access to I-95 and I-4
Federal Highways: US-17
State Highways: SR 31, SR-70, SR 72
Railroads: CSX, Seminole Gulf Railway

General Aviation Airports DeSoto County Airport: Punta Gorda Airport
Local Deep Water Ports: Port Manatee (49 miles), Port of Tampa (89 miles)




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