From the days when turpentine was drilled from trees to advanced technology, the region has progressed and evolved.
Our industry is as diverse as our people, attracted to the area because of the low cost of doing business, high quality of life, close-knit communities and access to recreation and resources. Agriculture and eco-tourism have always been staples of ours, with a large concentration of manufacturing in Williston and a smaller sector in Chiefland.
There are approximately 905 businesses in Levy County,
with the three largest sectors being (listed at % of total workforce):
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
Professional and Business Services
The top five growing sectors are:
Accommodation and food services
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Transportation and warehousing
Professional, scientific, and technical services
A review of trends, regional assets and other data indicates the strongest manufacturing growth occurring in the areas of food and transportation equipment, followed by chemicals and non-metallic mineral products.
There are 353,400 acres of private forest utilized for timber and support services, which has also become a vital industry. Paper manufacturing accounts for an approximately $350-million economic output in the region, with wood products accounting for roughly $75-million.
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.”
Scott DeBerry, DeBerry Marketing Services, Chiefland
Tricia Allen, PhotoFrost, Williston
Dwight Brooker, Paradox Intellectual Properties, Chiefland
Al Walker, Foss Foam Products, Williston
Ken Ihlenfeldt, Nova Global Farms, Bronson