Keeping the environment green and local industry on the grow, Indiantown’s successful water reuse program offers both the capability and the capacity for a flourishing future. Indiantown’s successful sustainability efforts also include water reuse, making available highly treated domestic wastewater for use in irrigation, environmental restoration and industrial purposes such as cooling and processing. Operated by the Indiantown Company (ICO), Indiantown’s water reuse facility treats water to near drinking water standards, ensuring a high degree of cleanliness for the water that is returned for these non-drinking purposes. Water reuse makes good environmental sense, but it’s also an important industrial asset, insuring a stable, cost-effective water supply, since the water is exempt from certain year-round conservation measures and from any emergency water shortage restrictions. With a 1.5 million gallon available capacity, the facility is ready to pour on the performance for Indiantown industry.
Florida’s only cross-state waterway, stretching 154 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, the Okeechobee Waterway is the direct route to enhanced navigation and superb recreation. The Waterway begins at the junction of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway at St. Lucie Inlet near Stuart, then extends west through Lake Okeechobee, on to the Gulf of Mexico at Ft. Meyers. NASA relied on the Waterway for shipment of Saturn rockets, and today the Waterway is still the go-to shipping route for a variety of commodities and products—in fact, it’s a designated State Intermodal System. The U.S. Corps of Engineers maintains the Waterway’s five locks, which keep barge traffic flowing and provide year-round recreation. Indiantown enjoys an excellent location near both Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Lock, where visitors fish, picnic, boat, camp or just watch manatees “docking,” thanks to the Lock’s manatee protection measures. Commerce moving, manatees in motion— the Waterway performs swimmingly in merging all needs.
With nearly 22,000 acres of strikingly beautiful scenery, the Dupuis Wildlife Management Area allows visitors to saddle up for a delightful array of recreational fun—from hiking to horseback riding, plus fishing, camping, backpacking, seasonal hunting and even spectacular star gazing. The variety in activities is matched by diversity in habitat: Dupuis encompasses ponds, wet prairies, cypress domes, pine flatwoods and remnant Everglades marsh. Visitors can hoof it on 22 miles of hiking trails, including a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail, and 40 miles of horseback trails with the convenience of an equestrian campground. Or take it easy by car on a 15-mile self-guided auto tour. The Visitors Center is also a highlight, with interpretive displays, a nature trail and butterfly garden. Though it spreads across southern Martin County and northern Palm Beach County, the area offers a blissful retreat from city lights—star gazing is excellent here.
Offering the largest working waterfront in Martin County, Marine Industries Center offers exceptional building and/or leasing opportunities for marine-related companies of all sizes. Spreading out over 38 acres, the Center has the expansive capacity for performance, with approximately 3,000 linear feet of broadside dockage and haul-out capabilities for vessels up to 165 feet or 300 tons. Strategic location on the Okeechobee Waterway is also adjacent to the Indiantown Airport, and only 12.5 miles from St. Lucie Lock. Add to these intermodal advantages a site that’s 40 feet above sea level, and the concept of “high performance” takes on true meaning: the Center’s productivity is non-stop—even during hurricane season. The incentives are plentiful, too, through HUB (Historically Underused Business) Zone, which offers federal benefits for contractors. Another timely opportunity is available through the U.S. Army’s C-44 Reservoir project currently on-going in the area.
Services that are a cut above, a location 20 miles inland and 40 feet above sea level—it’s no wonder Indiantown Marina is the recreational and industrial docking destination for Florida and far beyond. One of Florida’s largest dry storage facilities, the Indiantown Marina has boating enthusiasts and marine manufacturing sitting pretty, enjoying ship-shape services at reasonable rates and an Okeechobee Waterway location that offers direct access to both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, while situated far enough inland and above sea level to be the perfect “hurricane hole.” Both a full-service marine repair facility and a do-it-yourself boatyard, the Marina offers a range of capabilities that includes gas and diesel engine service and repair; electrical and generator installation, service and repair; fiberglass repair; carpentry; painting, varnish and more. The Marina has 40 wet slips and can store 400 boats on land, with monthly checks. An Marine and Yanmar dealer, the Marina is open 7 days a week.
An innovative and flourishing environmental restoration project, Allapattah Flats provides a habitat for rare birds along with a rare opportunity for human visitors to enjoy great hiking, biking, horseback riding, tent camping, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and more. “Allapattah” is Seminole for alligator, and while there aren’t many gators left in Allapattah Flats, a unique public partnership is restoring the area to its earlier pristine beauty, when vast marshes and slash pine flatwoods predominated. Today, Martin County, the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are working together to refill portions of land previously drained for farming and ranching. The results have been impressive: A five-mile hiking trail, for example, leads to a dramatic open marsh vista where wading birds like sandhill cranes, wood storks and crested caracaras feed and bathe. Equestrians enjoy separate trails as well as a 150-acre riding area, while tent camping and seasonal hunting are also great attractions.
One of five campuses of the nationally recognized Indian River State College (IRSC), the Indiantown Education Center sets the pace for workforce training and more. With its innovative use of educational technology, IRSC has proven to be a strategic development partner for the Research Coast region, helping to prepare a workforce ready to compete—and win—in a global marketplace. In addition to offering more than 150 degree and technical certification programs through its five campuses, IRSC provides custom-tailored workforce training for local industry at the Indiantown Education Center (IEC). The skillset for today’s worker is more complex than ever before, and this superior low- to no-cost training solution, available through IEC’s partnership with the Workforce Development Board, offers a critical advantage for start-ups or for retraining in existing industries. The IEC is also an important community resource in other areas, providing adult education, English as a Second Language classes, and skills certification programs and more.
Venture Park’s Permit-Ready Industrial Development puts business and manufacturing on the fast track to productivity and profitability. Offering 22 industrial parcels in lot sizes ranging from 2 acres to over 7 acres, Venture Park is the right choice for companies looking to move with speed and efficiency. Permit-Ready lots eliminate any separate site plan approval process, so that up and coming companies are up and going more quickly and at lower costs. Rapid shipping and delivery are ensured through north-, south- and west-bound highway connections that include I-95 and Highway 710, a designated State Intermodal System. Data moves at top speed, too, through Indiantown’s cutting-edge fiber-to-premise communications network. Venture Park also offers a high-profile location with prominent neighbors such as Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Bay State Milling and Cogentrix Energy. Parceled and planned to provide maximum aesthetic and economic values, Venture Park’s 150 acres provide business the best of Indiantown resources, all available today.
Florida Commerce Park represents one of the largest non-residential land developments in recent South Florida history, with up to 1.3 million buildable square feet and is by far the largest industrial development ever undertaken in Martin County. Florida Commerce Parks approval comes at an opportune time for trade and industry in South Florida as the Panama Canal expansion, nearing completion, will double the canals capacity and have significant trade implications for South Florida. Florida Commerce Park is primed to capitalize on that trade proliferation.
The park is situated at a crossroads of commerce along DOTs critical intermodal roadway system and CSXs main rail offering easy access to Floridas east and west coasts, and the park is only 1.5 hours from PortMiami and even closer to Fort Lauderdales Port Everglades. Florida Commerce Park is also shovel-ready meaning that businesses can obtain permit-ready parcels 1.4-100 acres in size saving up to 12 months of permit-processing time. Project development of the park will begin within two months. The park is in an ideal location for trade to and from Latin and South America, Asia, and the Caribbean including trade transiting the Panama Canal, said Jeremy Shapiro, Director of Corporate Real Estate Development for Skyfarm Strategic Capital. The park is in a superior logistical location and features exceptional broadband capacity and uninterrupted clean energy sources. Florida Commerce Park is ready, redundant and sustainable.
Amenities bounding the park include an adjacent hotel and restaurants, and retail and medical facilities. Indiantown also boasts a robust and diverse labor pool that businesses in Florida Commerce Park are expected to tap, boosting job growth in the region.
Indiantown has been honored nationally as a Smart Rural Community with high-tech readiness and a secure, redundant, ITS Telecom underground fiber network. Florida Commerce Park benefits from that redundancy. The park is also adjacent to FPLs power plant, which includes the largest solar-thermal power plant in the eastern U.S. FPLs energy sources, together with natural gas providers and other sustainable resources, will provide Florida Commerce Park with uninterrupted and sustainable energy at a time when clean energy is of rising importance to businesses seeking social responsibility.
Florida Commerce Park is also situated in a designated Enterprise Zone, offering powerful business incentives, and in an Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), which provides advantages in winning federal contracts.
Businesses locating in Indiantown join premier American and global manufacturers like Cal-Maine Foods, Bay State Milling, Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Indiantown Cogeneration. Indiantown’s powerful combination of advantages has drawn manufacturing leaders from all over the world, including Cal-Maine Foods, the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States; Bay State Milling, a leading supplier of flour and grain products for nearly 150 years; and Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a key player in the global food chain, processing agricultural products and merchandizing a range of commodities to feed and clothe more than 450 million worldwide. By using and sharing steam generated by the energy-production process, the Indiantown Cogeneration power facility reduces its carbon dioxide emissions while adding clean, low-cost steam energy to the grid. Energy, plus synergy with global leaders, powers Indiantown industry to greater success.
The first hybrid solar facility in the world to connect to an existing combined-cycle power plant, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the largest solar thermal plant outside of California. At 75 megawatts, the annual estimated generation is enough power to serve 11,000 homes. ITS Telecom has been servicing the community for 60+ years with state-of-the-art telecommunication services. Through the cutting-edge technology of our 100% fiber-optic network, the company is now able to provide a variety of metro (broadband) connections, network, data center, voice, and cloud services for small to large organizations.
ITS Telecom’s underground 100% fiber-optic network (ITS Fiber) offers virtually unlimited bandwidth in one of the most sophisticated world-wide gateways available. Send data of any quantity further and faster with direct-to-premise connections that support access to advanced services like video conferencing, video monitoring, data center services and more. The ITS Fiber network’s 100% underground installation provides consistent high performance and maximum reliability. This level of performance and reliability is achieved by having built-in redundancy through multiple, secure backup Internet routes that ensure communication services are up 24/7 with no interruption, and data transfer is fast and efficient. About 80% of residences and businesses in Indiantown have a direct-to-premise ITS Fiber Internet/voice connection, making Indiantown an excellent candidate for virtual data/call center companies or other industries relying on high levels of broadband capacity. ITS Telecom is a single-source solution for advanced business services including data center colocation services, Hosted IP-PBX phone systems; fiber –optic metro Internet service up to 1 gigabit or more of capacity; dedicated T-1 lines, managed IT services, and commercial video/television solutions.
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World’s first hybrid solar energy center promises a secure, sustainable and cost-efficient energy future with fossil-fuel usage reduced, carbon footprint downsized. The first hybrid solar facility to directly connect to an existing combined-cycle natural gas power plant, FPL’s 75-megawatt center is the largest solar thermal power plant in the eastern United States and the second largest solar plant in the world, generating an estimated annual 155,000 megawatt hours. Emissions-free solar power protects against disruptions in oil supply and price, and over the center’s lifetime will save FPL customers an estimated $178 million in fuel costs. It will also reduce fossil-fuel usage by approximately 41 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 600,000 barrels of oil, and prevent 2.75 million tons of greenhouse gases. That’s the equivalent of removing more than 18,700 cars from the road every year for 30 years. No wonder we say that here in Indiantown even the grid is green with envy!
Clean, domestically produced and economical, natural gas is the natural answer for today’s energy needs—and here in a natural gas hub, industry reaps the benefits of an answer that’s always multiple choice. In a competitive gas market, Indiantown industry is a clear winner, with a choice of three of Florida’s top gas providers—Florida Gas Transmission, Gulfstream Natural Gas and Florida Public Utilities. Florida Gas Transmission operates a 5,000-mile pipeline with a daily delivery of 2.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas, while the Gulfstream Natural Gas Network, placed into service in May, 2002, is the Florida’s first new gas company in 40 years. Recently acquired by Chesapeake Utilities, Florida Public Utilities now enjoys the resources of a national energy leader with a history that dates back 150 years. Representatives of these top-rated suppliers are always available for consultation, to share how natural gas is the natural fit for manufacturers and businesses looking for clean, dependable, efficient energy.
With its teeming wildlife and ancient bald cypress reaching up to the skies and reaching back a thousand years, the Barley Barber Swamp offers an extraordinary view of an old-growth cypress swamp even as it reveals a surprising fact: energy production and nature can co-exist beautifully. Standing nearly 90 feet tall, with a circumference of 33 feet, one of America’s oldest and largest bald cypress trees can be found in Barley Barber Swamp, where the tree’s majesty seems perfectly at home amidst the lush abundance of a beautifully preserved ecosystem. Dozens of species of birds and animals enjoy the Swamp’s thriving habitat, and a stroll on the one-mile boardwalk is quite an experience— bald eagles nest above, woodpeckers thrum a beat against tree trunks, while swamp denizens like alligators and tortoises navigate the slow-moving waters and lavish flora below. Open to the public free of charge, the Swamp is owned and maintained by FPL and is located adjacent to FPL’s power plant and cooling pond. Powerful assets for the people, and the planet.
Massive in size, huge in its advantages for South Florida, Lake Okeechobee is a vital economic and natural resource. With a surface area of 730 square miles, Okeechobee is the second largest freshwater lake in the contiguous U.S. But the measurement of Okeechobee’s value goes beyond size. The Lake lies at the heart of the interconnected Everglades ecosystem, and with its associated wetlands it provides a crucial plant and animal habitat and a flyway for migratory birds. This abundance of wildlife and scenic beauty also makes for a recreational paradise, offering superb fishing, hunting and more. Equally significant is the Lake’s contribution as an economic engine powering growth in a variety of ways, from aiding navigation as part of the Okeechobee Waterway, to providing potable water and irrigation, to the support of high-profile commercial and sport fisheries. The Lake’s Waterway location is also an ideal test setting for marine manufacturing. Growing the region, preserving the planet, Okeechobee is a world-class asset.
The Indiantown Airport offers both aircraft and industry plenty of room and plenty of routes for takeoff. The result is high-flying success, thanks to a unique combination of Land, Sea and Air advantages. The Land advantage: An impressive expanse of prime industrial acreage—600 available acres in all. The Air advantage: Sites are adjacent to the Airport and the longest grass runway in the U.S. The Sea advantage: Proximity to the Okeechobee Waterway, Florida’s only cross-state waterway extending from the Atlantic to the Gulf. Excellent site selection means both the room and the right infrastructure for growth, while the strategic location adjacent to the Indiantown Marine Industries Center provides an added multi-modal advantage. Situated on the Okeechobee Waterway, the Center offers the largest working dock in Martin County. In addition to its commercial and industrial utility, the airport’s 6300-foot runway is also popular for Tail Wheel pilot instruction. Classic aircraft are taking off at the Indiantown Airport—so are thriving businesses.
It isn’t simply a fiber-to-premises communications network that offers one of the most advanced world-wide gateways available today. Nor is it the world’s first hybrid solar energy facility providing clean, green, affordable energy now and in the future. And it isn’t just that both the weather and the economic climate here are warm and welcoming.
No, it’s all those things and more that make Indiantown, Florida a uniquely strategic location where companies and families put down roots to grow. Indiantown also means:
Higher ROI thanks to low costs in land and power, a robust and diverse labor pool, and to uniquely powerful civic cooperation that speeds relocations and start-ups with innovative benefits such as Permit-Ready sites, top-notch workforce training, and an array of financial incentives, including those for Florida’s Enterprise Zones.
Higher connectivity in a transportation hub: Highway, rail, waterway, air—all routes lead to Indiantown, where Highway 710, the Okeechobee Waterway and CSX Rail are part of Florida’s designated State Intermodal System. Whether it’s a direct water passage from the Atlantic to the Gulf, multiple highway and rail connections, or a route by air, Indiantown gets you ahead of the game.
Higher standards in education and training: With Indiantown’s top-rated primary and secondary schools, and with Martin County’s 5 different institutions of higher learning and cutting-edge research facility, this area offers the intelligent choice for a prosperous future.
Higher levels of life satisfaction Indiantown is scenic and serene, a world away from hectic traffic. More than 60,000 acres of public lands, including lush nature areas, allow for a lifestyle rich in recreation and relaxation. Yet only thirty minutes from Indiantown are the city lights and amenities of Palm Beach and some of the world’s most luxurious communities.
Convenient connections—to superior technology, to a sustainable and productive future, to a community that values quality in work and life—those connections are all waiting for you in Indiantown, your high-tech home town. It’s high time you explored your options here.
Martin County has gone the extra mile - and then 8.7 more - to offer the most powerful and comprehensive package of financial incentives available, through a 9.66-mile designated Enterprise Zone in Indiantown. Though Martin County already offers a wealth of business, industrial and financial advantages, the community decided to go one step further, gaining approval through the Florida Legislature for this special Enterprise Zone designed to promote and accelerate economic development. Both new and existing businesses are eligible to qualify, and the incentives include tax waivers for building materials; tax credits for job creation efforts; property tax credits counted against Florida corporate income tax credits; sales tax exemptions for electrical energy; property tax exemptions for childcare facilities. There are even tax credits and refunds for companies who donate to community development efforts. When it comes to empowering job creators, Indiantown is “in the zone.”
For more information about how you can benefit from Martin County’s Enterprise Zone, contact the Business Development Board of Martin County
at 772.221.1380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Enterprise Zone Property Tax Credit
Sales and Use Tax Return
Application for Refund for Sales and Use Tax
Business Equipment Sales Tax Refund
Building Materials Sales Tax Refund
Community Contribution Tax Credit Program
Childcare Facility Property Tax Exemption