Economic Development

John W. Gill, CMC, City Clerk
Larry Sessions, City Manager
City of Live Oak, Florida

101 White Avenue Southeast
Live Oak, Florida 32064
Phone: (386) 362-2276
Fax: (386) 362-4305

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Economic Development

The City of Live Oak and Suwannee County has made a commitment for business growth, both offering performance-based incentive programs.

These powerful initiatives help to make it even more attractive for businesses to locate, expand or move into Florida’s New Frontier.

The  Business Incentive Programs authorize the City Council and County Commissioners to make performance-based grants to both existing and new businesses desiring to expand or locate within the community, as well as companies that wish to develop speculative space for industrial and office projects.

Eligibility for and a number of incentives granted will be based on a points system. Points will be awarded to each applicant based on such criteria as to whether the company is within a targeted industry, the amount of their capital investment, the numbers, and rates-of-pay of new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs they create.

Our community is home to one of Florida’s most diverse Agri-business industry, one of the nation’s largest and most environmentally friendly sawmills, a thriving poultry production and sales industry, crop production and distribution, light manufacturing and more.

The Suwannee County Department of Economic Development is charged with carrying out the economic directives and policies of the City Council and County Commissioners. Its establishment formalizes the commitment to encourage the creation, expansion, and relocation of targeted industries within the community, as well as the development of speculative space for industrial and office projects.

These actions by the community leaders send a clear message that we are ready to build on the strong business base we have in Suwannee County.  The fact that we are just an hour’s drive from Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Valdosta, with great interstate and rail access gives us a strong competitive advantage for companies who also value the quality of life for their employees.

We are very excited to add these new incentive programs to our already strong package of available land and business-friendly communities.

For more information about the Suwannee County Department of Economic Development or to apply for a grant through the Business Incentive Programs, visit:

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