The Greater Daytona Region is Open for Business

Greater Daytona rides low costs, deep talent to new economic heights.

By
Bill Lewis
On Monday, May 17, 2021 - 11:57
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The 16-city Greater Daytona region is ideally positioned for business investment and expansion.

Despite economic disruption caused by a global pandemic, Greater Daytona kept its positive traction, securing new projects and jobs.

The region's $21 billion, innovation-driven economy includes key industry clusters in life sciences, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, boat building and food production.

The region has emerged as a center of aviation and aerospace, with proximity to Florida's Space Coast and assets that include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which turns out more than a quarter of the nation's pilots. The region's central location in Florida's Space Triangle positions it better than virtually any other region in Florida to meet the needs of the state's growing space sector.

The Greater Daytona region offers a lower-cost, low-tax environment and a roster of workforce partners and support programs.

The region, located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and I-4, offers a solid infrastructure and proximity to many major metro areas but with lower labor and real estate costs.

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Big Names

Greater Daytona is the address of choice for major companies across a range of industries, including NASCAR, boat manufacturer Boston Whaler, medical device maker Medtronic and insurer Brown & Brown, Inc. Business continues to invest and expand in Volusia County.

Amazon invested $100 million to build a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Deltona. The company officially opened the center in September 2021.

The fulfillment center will employ more than 500 full-time associates who will work alongside innovative technologies to pack and ship large-sized items to customers across the region, including bulk cleaning supplies and paper goods, sports equipment, pet food and supplies, electronics and household goods, to name a few. 

"Amazon is proud to provide a safe, innovative work environment in which associates are the heart and soul of our operations," says Shaun O'Day, site leader of Amazon's Deltona fulfillment center. "We are excited to create more than 500 new full-time jobs, with industry-leading pay and benefits, and look forward to investing in their long-term career growth with the company."

"This is a textbook example of how collaboration among community resources can result in such a major project riding a fast track from site selection to grand opening," says Keith Norden, president and CEO of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation.

Norden's organization made initial contact with Amazon in 2013, illustrating the long period required for some economic development projects to come to fruition. When dialogue evolved from casual conversations to a potential project, Team Volusia played a lead role, collaborating with several partner organizations while helping close the deal.

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Language of Business

Speedway Indoor Karting (SIK), an Indianapolis-based technology company pioneering the sport of indoor kart racing, has announced plans to create a 46,000-square-foot state-of-the-art kart racing complex in Volusia County.

The multilevel indoor karting facility will be the second for former IndyCar driver and team owner Sarah Fisher and her husband, Andy O'Gara. The first, located in Speedway, Indiana, opened in 2016.

"Amazon is proud to provide a safe, innovative work environment in which associates are the heart and soul of our operations."

Shaun O'Day, Site Leader of Amazon's Deltona fulfillment center

The region is attracting an increasing amount of foreign investment, with projects such as medical and pharmaceutical device maker B. Braun, Irish high-tech communications company Arralis, TECHFIT Digital Surgery, a company created by Colombia-based Sampedro, and SeaMax Aviation, the U.S. affiliate of Brazil's Construções Aeronáuticas.

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Deep Talent Pool

Employers in the Greater Daytona region can tap a talent pool that includes more than 45,000 college and university students.

Numerous training resources are available through CareerSource Flagler Volusia, the region's lead workforce organization.

The organization's Quick Response Training Program offers customized, flexible and employer-driven training designed to assist new businesses and provide existing businesses training necessary for expansion. Daytona State College administers the training programs.

The On-the-Job Training Funding Assistance Program helps businesses and organizations in imparting skills and credentials to new employees. Once employees complete training under terms of a training contract, the employer may be reimbursed 50% of the employees' wages for the approved training period.

The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides training to currently employed workers to keep Florida's workforce competitive in a global economy and retain existing businesses.

If you'd like to learn more about the Greater Daytona region, check out the latest edition of Greater Daytona Region/Volusia County

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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