Economic Development

We’ll Take the Big Life

Big Life on the Space Coast

Extensive Career Opportunities: Space opened up more than new worlds

Florida’s Space Coast is a case study for economic development and diversification. Business, government and community leaders decided a long time ago that just like education, art and parks, the health of our
economy is a priority. It is why our region attracts the top talent and an astounding number of leading edge companies.

Florida’s Space Coast is the birthplace of space exploration and has grown to be the home of rapidly expanding industries. In fact, our region offers a wide array of employment opportunities within 7 top traded clusters:

Aerospace and Defense
Business Services
Environmental Services
Financial Services
Information Technologies

What’s more, we are part of the edgy tech communities within the Florida High Tech Corridor region boasting a talent pool of scientists, engineers and other innovative entrepreneurs contributing to the success of nearly 20,000 high tech businesses.

Many Manner of Manors: Find your happy place, living there

From rural ranches to coastal condos, Florida’s Space Coast has the homes, the locations and the communities to float your boat (yes, even houseboats)! Our relatively low average housing costs open up amazing options to living styles that include stunning waterfront views, short walks to downtown dining, beach access for a pre-work surfing session, country club communities and secluded neighborhoods – all in a range of shapes, sizes and prices. With 26 distinct communities throughout the county, it is easy to find the perfect fit.

#7 Best medium sized metro area for home ownership in the U.S. -Nerd Wallet 2014

From Preschool to Ph.D.s: The learning never stops

Our culture of innovation is rooted in the priority we assign to education as a community. Brevard Public Schools boasts 2 secondary schools (West Shore and Edgewood) in Florida’s Top 10, and in the top 60 nationally.* Four of the county’s private secondary schools are ranked in the top 100 of the more than 2,000 private schools in Florida, with one, Holy Trinity, in the top 50.

Post-secondary options in engineering, technology, healthcare and professional studies abound; including associate and bachelor degree programs at Eastern Florida State College, the University of Central Florida, Keiser University, Webster University and the highly acclaimed academic science and engineering programs through PhD level degrees and post doctoral research at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Variety is the Spice of Lifestyle: We crush staycations

Keep your options open when it comes to finding a work-play balance. An evening stroll on the beach, a riverside happy hour, dancing the night away, waking to a morning bike ride or weekend zipline excursion are all just minutes away no matter where you live on Florida’s Space Coast. Even the world’s biggest vacation playground is just a short ride, which means you can get annual passes for endless access to the thrills and off-season crowds at Orlando theme parks and attractions.

Fitness and fun lead to health and fulfillment. It’s hard to find a weekend on Florida’s Space Coast that does not include a philanthropic 5K run. Our forward-thinking health systems, including Health First, Wuesthoff and Parrish Medical, along with the myriad of medical groups, gyms and recreational clubs offer up amazing options to keep you fit. You can row, bike, run, walk, paddle or hike to your heart’s content in solitude or en masse any day of the week.

72 Miles of coastline right outside your door.

Early Bird or Night Owl: Around the clock fun

Morning coffee with friends, afternoon food festivals and nightlife from romantic dining to beachside bashes; the Space Coast social scene can keep you busy from happy hour Friday to sunset on Sunday, with, of course, some weekday work breaks in between. National acts perform at the King Center almost every week, and local artists can be heard and seen in bistros, bars and coffee shops from Palm Bay to Titsuville.

Meet ups and lectures on everything from robotics to wildlife to craft beer create communities around all sorts of interests and activities. Ready to just relax? How about a sunset sail, beach party or evening with friends at any of the myriad restaurants, clubs and cafes among our quaint downtowns, beachside hotels, port pavilions and riverside decks.

Threshold to Other Worlds: Inspiration and innovation

The big life on Florida’s Space Coast is not just about what’s here, it’s about who’s here. We have a relatively young perspective influenced by a storied history of cutting edge innovation built on space exploration, military missions and high-tech accomplishments.

There is no limit to the heights you can climb; here you will find the environment to inspire, the chance to explore and the space to accomplish what’s unimaginable.

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