Monday – July 23, 2007
COUNTY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON COMMUTER RAIL JULY 30 – The Volusia
County Council will hold a special meeting July 30 to discuss and vote
on Volusia’s participation in commuter rail service and its impact on
future development. Included in the discussion is development of a rail
station on U.S. 17-92 in DeBary. The trains would carry commuters to
Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties with stops in downtown Orlando.
The meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the County Council’s chambers on the
second floor of the county administration center in downtown DeLand.
VOLUSIA COUNTY WORKFORCE GROWS IN JUNE – According to the Center
for Business Excellence, Volusia County’s workforce grew to 253,671
workers in June, up nearly 1,700 from the previous month. While the
number of workers remained steady for the month, the county’s
unemployment level rose .6 percent to 3.9 percent for June. The primary
cause of the increase was due to the traditional influx of new workers
at the end of the school year.
SMALL EUROPEAN MANUFACTURER SEEKS FACILITY IN DAYTONA BEACH --
The county Division of Economic Development is working with the state
and an Italian medical products manufacturer in identifying a potential
location in the Daytona Beach area. The company is seeking to lease
10,000 square feet of production and distribution space and will be
visiting in August to review facility options. If you have or represent
an industrially zoned property that you would like to have considered as
part of the visit, please contact John Kizer, Business Specialist, at
386/248-8048. All facility or leasing proposals received will be
packaged and forwarded to the company in advance of the visit.
ORMOND BEACH TO EXPAND INDUSTRIAL LANDS NEAR AIRPORT – The Ormond
Beach Economic Development Department has issued a contract to Hazen
Construction, Port Orange, to develop up to 14 acres of industrial
parcels in the Ormond Beach Airport Industrial Park. Named the Tower
Circle Extension, the project includes the construction of road access,
and water and sewer infrastructure to support up to 120,000 square feet
of industrial facilities. If your company is seeking a new industrial
site and would like to learn more about this project, contact Joe
Mannarino, economic development director, at 386/676-3266.
NORTHEAST MANUFACTURER SEEKS NEW FACILITY – The county Division of Economic Development is working with a small medical products company
seeking 20,000 square feet of leased production space in the Port
Orange, South Daytona and Daytona Beach area only. The company desires a
lease with an option to purchase. If you know of an existing facility
zoned for manufacturing, please contact John Kizer, Business Specialist,
at 386/248-8048. All proposals received will be packaged and forwarded
to the company for review in advance of a visit later this summer.
ORANGE CITY TOWN CENTER OPENED FOR BUSINESS – The Coldwell Banker
Commercial AI Group, developers of the Orange City Town Center on
Enterprise Road, opened the center for business July 11. Initial
occupants include Booker & Associates, Marshall Law Office, Esquire
Title Services and Chinelli Design Build. The Coldwell Banker Commercial
AI Group was responsible for leasing/selling more than $43 million worth
of commercial real estate last year throughout Southwest Volusia and is
jointly owned by John Wanamaker, CCIM/broker, and Chuck Rudis, CCIM.
STATE LAUNCHES VENTURE CAPITAL FUND -- The state has launched its
Florida Opportunity Fund with a multi-year commitment of more than $29
million. The fund will provide $500,000 to private venture capital
companies that invest in young Florida companies and provide them with
management advice. Each participating venture capital company needs to
match the state dollar for dollar. The idea is to build on Florida's
recent success in luring scientific research institutes to the state, as
well as spin-offs and start-ups.
NEWS ITEMS WANTED! – Please send your business news items to Dave
Byron, Volusia County Community Information Director, 123 W. Indiana
Ave., DeLand, 32720-4612, by fax at (386) 822-5072 or by e-mail at
Division of Economic Development
700 Catalina Drive, Suite 200,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
FAX: 386 238-4761 Toll Free: 800-554-3801