Discover the Greater Daytona Region

Charming neighborhoods and vibrant communities offer an assortment of fun things to do in the Greater Daytona region.

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Livability
On Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 16:25
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The 16-city region is the ideal location for business investment and offers residents ample ways to have fun in the sun. 

Built to Last

One of Greater Daytona's major corporate employers is TopBuild Corp., a Fortune 1000 company that is the largest purchaser, installer and distributor of insulation in the U.S.

The Daytona Beach-based company has about 200 TruTeam branches nationwide that provide insulation and building material services to construction contractors, and many of TopBuild's products are featured under its Service Partners brand.

The company, founded in 1929, recently opened a new 65,000-square-foot headquarters that accommodates about 200 employees; nationwide, the company employs more than 10,000 people.

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In the Fast Lane

One of the most famous race tracks in the world is Daytona International Speedway, which opened in 1959 and is still going strong today. A $400 million upgrade completed in 2016 expanded seating to 101,500.

The 2.5-mile, high-speed trioval is best known for hosting the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR, as well as its season-opening event. The track also hosts the Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR race, the annual 24-hour endurance race known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona and competitions involving superbikes and motocross series.

Bright Future

They like throwing shade at Costa Del Mar.

Founded in 1983 in Daytona Beach, Costa Del Mar designs, manufactures and distributes sunglasses, prescription lenses, frames, goggles, casual apparel, and other accessories.

The company's first big break occurred in 1986 when it became the official gear of the Stars & Stripes team in America's Cup yacht racing contest. Since then, its line of sunglasses has become especially popular with surfers and recreational fishermen due to the product's high-tech sun glare protection. The sunglasses are also coveted by fishing and boating enthusiasts because of a special coating that helps water bead up and roll off the lenses.

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The Club Scene

Greater Daytona is famous for being the corporate home of NASCAR, but that isn't the only sports organization headquartered in the region.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was founded in 1950 and is one of the world's longest-running women's professional sports associations. 

The LPGA moved its headquarters to Daytona Beach in 1996, and its huge complex off Interstate 95 includes two 18-hole public golf courses, three championship practice holes, five putting greens, chipping greens, practice bunkers and a 360-yard driving range. Also on-site is a highly regarded golf teaching academy.

Quiet On Set

One of Greater Daytona's emerging industries is film and television production.

The region offers diverse locations that are ideal for motion picture and video production companies.

Economic development organization Team Volusia points out that Greater Daytona's 16 communities offer a wealth of attractive settings, from Atlantic Ocean beaches, palm trees, picturesque downtowns and natural beauty along the Halifax and St. Johns rivers.

Major productions that have been shot in Volusia County include "Monster" with Charlize Theron, "Days of Thunder" starring Tom Cruise and "The Waterboy" with Adam Sandler.

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The 4-1-1 on Greater Daytona

  • Enjoy the Water: One of the Greater Daytona region's major quality of life advantages is access to water, with 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches that include 23 miles of hard-packed sand you can drive on.

  • The Companies it Keeps: Greater Daytona is the address of choice for major companies across a range of industries, including NASCAR, boat builder Boston Whaler, medical device maker Medtronic and insurer Brown & Brown, Inc.

  • Head of the Class: Students have outstanding higher education options, including Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Technical College, Keiser University, Palmer College of Chiropractic and Stetson University. Stetson, located in DeLand, has been ranked among the nation's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report. More than 45,000 students are enrolled at colleges and universities in the region.

  • Get Out and About: With moderate temperatures (averaging 81 degrees in the summer and 61 degrees in the winter), residents can enjoy the outdoors almost all year.

  • Stretch a Buck: The Greater Daytona region offers a competitive cost of living, with the median home price at $250,000, lower than most Florida markets, including Orlando. There is no corporate franchise tax as well as no state personal income tax, taxes on inventories and taxes on foreign income.

  • Well-Connected: The region is home to one of the nation's most user-friendly international airports and a network of corporate and general aviation facilities. The region provides easy connectivity to other markets. Orlando is just an hour away, and Jacksonville is less than 1.5 hours, providing access to large-city amenities without having to live with large city hassles – and at lower price points.

  • Dynamic Economy: The 16-city region in east-central Florida has a $21 billion, innovation-driven economy that includes key industry clusters in life sciences, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, boat building, and food production. More than 450 advanced manufacturing operations call Volusia County home. Plus, six postsecondary education institutions in the county are engaged in preparing the workforce for manufacturers.

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