Top Businesses Invest in Greater Daytona Region

Appealing affordability, talent and location drive growth and new residents to this thriving region.

By
Bill Lewis
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:30
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Some of the nation’s best-known businesses are investing and growing in the Greater Daytona Region, where they are part of a dynamic $17.2 billion innovation-driven economy. 

A combination of career opportunities, affordability and an inviting quality of life make it easy to recruit and keep the talented employees who help the region’s businesses succeed.

“The amenities here help us draw talent not only locally, but from out of state as well,” says Dave Whan, chief human resources officer for TopBuild. “The existing labor pool and fresh college graduates from the local universities are a plus. When you add the warm weather, beaches and proximity to many fun things to do on the weekend, it makes an attractive package.”

A leader in the insulation installation and distribution industry, TopBuild has 67,000 square feet of space at its facility in Daytona Beach, where approximately 275 employees support branches across the country.

Major companies that call Greater Daytona home include NASCAR, boat builder Boston Whaler, medical device maker Medtronic and insurers Security First and Brown & Brown.

Diverse Economy

The region’s sophisticated economy includes key sectors in aerospace, advanced manufacturing, customer support centers, logistics and distribution, motion picture and video production and professional services.

Daytona Beach-based NASCAR sees major advantages in its headquarters location.

“The quality of life in the Greater Daytona Region is certainly compelling when we’re talking to candidates, especially young professionals interested in pursuing a career in motorsports,” says Paula Miller, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, NASCAR. 

“Each year, we welcome college students from across the country as well as our local universities to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, where they gain practical experience in the motorsports industry. When that experience includes living near beautiful beaches and seeing all that our community has to offer, many see Greater Daytona not only as a place to launch their professional careers, but as a place they want to call home,” she says.

Deep Talent Pool

Employers in the Greater Daytona Region can tap a talent pool that includes more than 200,000 college and university students within a 100-mile radius. Numerous training resources are available, including the Quick Response Training Program, Incumbent Worker Training Program and On-the-Job Training Funding Assistance Program.

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DaVita Labs expanded in DeLand with the opening of its 150,000- square-foot campus in 2018. From that facility, 500 employees support 200,000 dialysis patients across the country. DaVita Labs processes about 100,000 specimens every day that keep patients informed and equip them to manage their health.

“With building our DeLand campus, we’ve invested in a newly designed advanced automation lab that gives our team better capacity to process tests and better testing capabilities,” says Keri Wagner, vice president of DaVita Labs. “We’ve been part of Volusia County for more than two decades. ... The area’s strong, defined sense of community meshes well with DaVita’s ‘community first, company second’ philosophy. ... There’s immense talent within this region and also a diversity of lifestyle options that attract top talent from other areas. From DaVita Labs, teammates can choose the beach life, small town living or commute from urban and suburban areas.”

Ormond Beach-based Security First Insurance Company expanded into a new 136,000-square-foot headquarters.

“Ormond Beach is very important to me and my family. My grandfather and father both founded companies here, and as my hometown, I know how much the city has to offer and how it’s taken shape over the years. We haven’t lost that small-town charm,” says Melissa Burt DeVriese, chief administrative officer and general counsel of the company.

“Ormond Beach offers easy access to pristine beaches, major metro areas, stress-free commutes and is in close proximity to top-rated universities,” she says. “These are just a few reasons why we have chosen to stay here and continue to grow our family of more than 400 employees.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bill Lewis is an award-winning business journalist whose work has appeared in publications across the United States.