Bartow is unique.

Location, location, location. Bartow is just seven miles south of the Polk Parkway, with its direct connection to Interstate 4. State Road 60, Florida’s Coast to Coast Highway, travels directly through Bartow connecting Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts. The transportation system provides a conduit to all markets in the state and beyond. The availability of land continues to drive residential, commercial and industrial development. In addition, Polk County has more rail than any other location in Florida.

Bartow is located within one of the highest growth metro markets in the southeast United States and one of the most attractive areas in which to operate a business. With an available labor force backed by numerous training programs, the area provides the precision, technical and service skills a company may require.

A Strategic Plan for the City of Bartow operations has been prepared as a guide to move Bartow forward. The plan incorporates one, five, and 15-year milestones. The overall vision and mission of the city is to improve the quality of life of Bartow residents, with an economic development initiative supporting the Strategic Plan.

The Bartow Economic Development Council was formed, which is a non-profit organization with the goal of developing a strong and competitive economy through fostering and encouraging new business development and business retention, while embracing Bartow’s quality of life offered to its citizens. The Bartow Economic Development Council (BEDC) is a non-profit organization with the goal of developing a strong and competitive economy through fostering and encouraging new business development and business retention, while embracing Bartow’s quality of life offered to its citizens.

Bartow’s leaders recognize that it is vital that all public and private agencies/organizations such as the City, Chamber of Commerce, CRA, Main Street Bartow, as well as other civic organizations work in harmony in order for Bartow’s goals to be met.

With an available labor force backed by numerous training programs, the area provides the precision, technical and service skills a company may require. Florida Trend magazine has recognized Bartow’s county, Imperial Polk County, as having one of the best business climates in the state.

Clear Springs sits on 18,000 acres located in Bartow, midway between Tampa and Orlando. Founded as a community by Stanford N. Phelps, a Wall Street veteran and philanthropist, Clear Springs aims to create drivers that promote economic growth in Central Florida. Presently, Clear Springs is executing a land development vision focused on economic development and seeking joint venture partnerships for development, water and utility solutions and other infrastructure and amenities. Long-term master planning has been completed through the Optional Sector Plan approach. The goal is to demonstrate how agriculture, education, industrial and residential land uses can all work well together in a large, well-planned development.

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