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.
The Economic Development division of Community Development Services focuses on assisting businesses in Ocala.
As of July 31, 2018, the division manages 28 different agreements worth over $9.5 million, which assist large and small businesses. Small businesses may receive up to $24,999 in reimbursement of capital improvement costs. The Economic Investment Program can provide larger grants.
Staff members work closely with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.