There are approximately 1,500 businesses in Levy County,
with the three largest sectors being (listed at % of total workforce):
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
Leisure & Hospitality
A diverse economy is key on the Nature Coast. Agriculture and tourism continue to play vital roles in job creation and revenue. Our 837 manufacturing jobs (513 in boat production alone) offers a competitive advantage with a more than 1.5 Location Quotient over the national average.
We’re start-up and small business friendly, with 93% of our businesses employing 20 or less workers. However, several large companies operate here because of lower labor and material costs, less regulatory restrictiveness and ease of distributing products.
Growth across numerous industry adds to the ninth fastest growing local economy in the nation.
Forestry and timber production account for a $350-million economic output in the region. Aquaculture, especially clam farming, put Cedar Key on the map with more than 125-million clams harvested a year, about 500 direct jobs and annual revenues of close to $15-million.
Review our detailed industry summary, or take a quick look at our top growing sectors:
The top five growing sectors are:
Accommodation and food services
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Transportation and warehousing
Professional, scientific, and technical services
So who calls the Nature Coast home? Here are some of the people and their stories of how they found why we’re the “Natural Fit For Business.”
Matt Brooks and Patrick Williams, B4Signs, Williston
Daryl & Tracy Kirby, Kirby Family Farm, Williston
Tricia Allen, PhotoFrost, Williston
Carol Borden , Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., Williston
Dwight Brooker, Paradox Intellectual Properties, Chiefland
Robin Davis, Haring Insurance Agency, Williston
Scott DeBerry, DeBerry Marketing Services, Chiefland
Denny Funnemark, Revolution Aviation, Williston
Jeff Hardison, Hardison Ink
Michael Leo Langston, Turning Point Fitness, Williston
Harold “HR” Ross, Ross Hammock Ranch, Inglis
Robb and Dante Young, Young Boats, Inglis
Dave and Al Walker, Foss Foam Products, Williston
Here’s a review of top industry and economic impact, followed by our top employers by number of employees and annual sales.
Gross Domestic Product
Percentage of state's GDP
Largest industry cluster:
Water transportation manufacturing