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Eustis City Data Sheet - Metro Orlando Economic Development ...

E U S T I S S T A T SLocated in the North Orlando Metropolitan Area, Eustis is a friendlywaterfront community and an ideal location for business and industry. Eustis hasa beautiful waterfront, a unique historic downtown, and quality, family-orientedneighborhoods. It is a great place to live and do business. Eustis is aprogressive, cutting-edge, business-friendly community that places a highpriority on its quality of life and economic sustainability. A variety of economicincentives and opportunities are available for existing and new businesses. TheLake Technical Center in Eustis provides customized technical training for employers and preparesstudents with the technical skills needed to enter the workforce.Residents enjoy abundant opportunities for an active lifestyle, natural beauty and easy movementwithin the City and Region. Major retail centers, entertainment opportunities and a diverse calendar ofcultural events and activities are available both locally and within easy commuting distance. The City’smission is to ensure its superior quality of life through continued engagement and partnering with thecommunity to provide financially prudent and customer friendly services.For more information about doing business in Eustis, and the entire Metro Orlando region, contactthe Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission at 407.422.7159 or info@Orlando EDC.com.From The Mayor“If you’re lucky enough to live in Eustis, then you’relucky enough!” Located on the shore of Lake Eustisand a gateway to the Harris chain of lakes, Downtownabuts Ferran Park were you can watch beautiful sunsetsevery evening. The park hosts the historic McClellandBand Shell and the ever popular municipal pool andfor art lovers, The Lake Eustis Museum of Art which isadjacent to the park.There is something very special about Eustis and yousee it the minute you meet a resident or local business owner. Whether youare enjoying the variety of shops, restaurants or entertainment venues, youare sure to feel that same sense of community and the feeling that youbelong. Some say it’s the small town charm, I think it’s the small town heart.People invest their hearts in this community and it shows.Eustis enjoys the life style and benefits of a small town yet an evergrowing transportation grid puts you less that an hour from Orlando’sInternational Airport and the # 1 Tourist destination in the world. Even theAtlantic beaches are only a short drive away.The City of Eustis, Lake County and the State of Florida are dedicated toour education system and the training of a skilled workforce. Withcommunity leaders committed to strong public schools, our LakeTechnical Center and Lake Sumter State College, Eustis is an attractive placeto do business.It is easy to see why our future is so bright and I hope you will accept ourinvitation to visit and share our little slice of Paradise!”Kress Muenzmay, MayorMAJOR EMPLOYERS City of Eustis Publix Foods Florida Foods Lake County Schools Insulated ComponentStructures of Florida, Inc.CITY STATSIncorporated1883Population18,483MunicipalBoundaries11.8 square milesGovernmentCouncil/ManagerCITY OF EUSTISDEPARTMENTS/CONTACTSActing City ManagerDianne Kramer352.483.5430kramerd@ci.eustis.fl.usDevelopment ServicesDirectorDianne Kramer352.483.5460kramerd@ci.eustis.fl.usBuilding OfficialJim Stroupe352.483.5462building@ci.eustis.fl.usAssistant to the CityManager/CommunityRelationsRichard Hoon352.483.5430hoonr@ci.eustis.fl.usCITY OF EUSTIS KRESS MUENZMAY, MAYOR 10 NORTH GROVE, EUSTIS, FLORIDA 32726 352.483-5430 WWW.EUSTIS.ORGOrlandoEDC.comR


INCENTIVESCity IncentivesThe City of Eustis is very business-friendly and provides manyincentives and assistance for new businesses and current businesseswith expansion plans. The City offers a deferral plan for the paymentof water/sewer impact fees and has a utility tax ordinance which capsthe tax rate on manufacturing. The City has also established afund for vouchers that can be used for impact fees, building permit,and other City fees associated with new construction of eligibleprojects. The voucher amount is 2% of the construction cost, up to amaximum of $30,000. An eligible project within the designatedCommunity Redevelopment Area (CRA) can receive an additional2% of the construction cost, up to a maximum of $30,000 for amaximum amount of $60,000. Add another 2% if your eligibleproject is within the CRA and the City’s Enterprise Zone. The totalmaximum amount for a voucher in the CRA and Enterprise Zone is$90,000. Permitting and other development approvals have a quick turn-around period and City staff is always available to assistowners through the review process.County IncentivesLake County offers Review Appropriate to Priority in Development (RAPID) program that offers expedited plan review andinspections affecting construction of a facility in a timeframe that meets the goals and deadlines of the applicant’s organization.The Business Assistance Program (BAP) provides matching funds to new and expanding businesses to offset development costs(building permit fees, impact fees and/or infrastructure improvement costs). The High Value Job Creation Program (HVJCP)provides a cash award for the creation of jobs paying a minimum of 115 percent of the County’s average annual wage (AAW).RECENT BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTSOne Dane Place (American-made Art & Craft Consignment)The Cuban Place (Cuban Cuisine Restaurant)Chambers Gospel Music & Books (Retail/Spiritual)Turkleton’s Tavern & Music Hall (Tavern/Live Entertainment)Delight’s Bakery (Bread/Pastry)IHOP (Restaurant)Family Dollar (General Retail)Dollar General (General Retail)OTHER ACTIVITY (New): Completion of the Ferran Park Master Plan for lakefront improvements Construction of the Palmetto Plaza"Lake County has amazing naturalresources in its land and its people.Recent improvements in our transportationsystem, expansion of our localcollege, and renewed focus of thebusiness community toward creatinga strong economy have built upon thesenatural resources -- resulting in awonderful place to operate and locatea company."Kristen Bartch KnightAtex Distributing, Inc.MAJOR BUSINESS DISTRICTSDistrict Acreage Classification Industry FocusGC 427 acres General Commercial Intense CommercialGI 180 acres General Industrial Industrial & ManufacturingMCI 382 acres Mixed Commercial & IndustrialMCR 438 acres Mixed Commercial & ResidentialCBD 64 acres Central Business District Downtown CommercialUpdated 0913Founded in 1977, the EDC markets Metro Orlando as a top location for business investment and expansion.Committed to diversification of our region’s economic base, the EDC specializes in development of the technology, corporate business,international trade and film/television production industries. For more information about the EDC, visit OrlandoEDC.com or call 407.422.7159.“Putting imagination to work” is a registered service mark of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.

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