How can I find available property or rental space?
There are several options, depending on where you want your business to be. One is a local commercial realtor; another is the CEP’s Sites and Buildings Database, located here.
What types of businesses are eligible for City incentives?
Businesses involved in Qualified Target Industries, such as Cleantech, Life Sciences, Infotech, Aviation or Aerospace, Homeland Security or Defense, and Financial or Professional Services are eligible to apply for incentives.
My business isn’t in the city of Ocala; can you assist me?
If your business is a City of Ocala electric, water or sewer customer, the City may be able to assist.
Does the City support Brownfields development?
There are several brownfield sites within the City of Ocala. Staff works to obtain federal grants for assessment and clean up, and will coordinate with a developer and regulatory agencies to assist in constructing a project.
The most recent example of a brownfield redevelopment is 315 NE 14th Street. This former meat packing plant now houses a group of logistic companies.
What economic development business incentives are available?
The City's Economic Development business incentives can include grants, permit fee waivers and infrastructure assistance.
The Small Business Investment Program may grant up to $24,999 in capital improvement reimbursements.
The Economic Investment Program may include, but is not limited to, permit fee waivers, infrastructure assistance, and other grant monies.
Additionally, there are tax incentives available, such as the Urban Job Tax Credit Area (UJTC). Impact fee credits may be applied for development within the City's Community Redevelopment Areas (CRA's). Redevelopment on a brownfield parcel may qualify for Job Bonus Tax refunds, Building Material Sales Tax refunds or Voluntary Cleanup Tax credits. Opportunity Zones have been identified by Florida's Governor and the United States Treasury.
How do I get Community Program assistance?Please call 352-629-8231 to schedule an appointment.
What services does Community Programs offer?The City of Ocala may offer Down Payment or Closing Cost purchase assistance, as well as housing repairs for owner-occupied homes.
Does the City offer rental assistance?The City does not offer rental assistance. Please call 211 for other possible programs.
I don't live in the city of Ocala; can I receive Community Programs assistance?Applicants must own a home within the City limits of Ocala. Staff can help you determine if your home is in the city or the county.
Melanie Gaboardi, MBA
201 SE 3rd St., 2nd Floor
Ocala, FL 34471
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
The Community Development Services department manages a broad range of initiatives that are intended to promote quality of place and increase Ocala's standing as an economic hub. From information on available infrastructure, fees, financial incentives and taxes, to simply cutting through red tape, Community Development Services has the resources to provide you with the answers you need.
Our Economic Development division can arrange financial incentives and provide contract management, as well as Brownfield redevelopment resources.
The Community Development division manages Federal and State funds and improvement grants.
The Office of Homeless Prevention works to assist homeless persons in securing services they need.