Find Your Sunny Side: Six Reasons Southeast Volusia Shines for Job-seeking Professionals

Thu, Jan 18, 2024 at 4:40PM

Find Your Sunny Side: Six Reasons Southeast Volusia Shines for Job-seeking Professionals

Imagine waking up every morning to sunny skies, temperate weather, and living just minutes from the beach. Picture a lifestyle filled with outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, and no state income taxes. For those seeking not just a job but a vastly better quality of life, Southeast Volusia County provides the perfect ingredients for happiness and success.

As economic development leaders in Volusia County, we’ve seen firsthand how this region draws incredible talent from across the U.S. and globally. We have many key assets that make Southeast Volusia County ideal for companies in these industries. It starts with our location at the eastern edge of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor, just north of the Kennedy Space Center and minutes from Daytona Beach.

Beyond infrastructure, Southeast Volusia County delivers an unmatched lifestyle. Our principal cities of New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill provide access to miles of beautiful Atlantic coastline, Intracoastal Waterway, Indian River Lagoon and nature preserves. The average year-round temperature is a delightful 72 degrees. It's easy to enjoy golf, fishing, boating, surfing and hiking with more than 300 days of sunshine. Cultural attractions like museums and historic downtowns combine with a friendly community where relationships are easily built.

So, as the state works diligently to provide the best lifestyle and work opportunities for our new residents, let’s uncover all the many reasons why Southeast Volusia County is the ideal place to advance your career while enjoying Florida living at its finest.

  1. Our Accessible Location for Work and Play

Southeast Volusia County’s location provides a true gateway to the entire state. Our borders situate us fewer than 40 miles from metro Orlando and just over 50 miles from Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center. For companies focused on industries like aerospace, aviation, modeling and simulation, Southeast Volusia provides prime real estate to grow business and access customers.

With several international airports nearby and easy access to Port Canaveral and Jaxport, we make transport simple. Our region is served by three such airports: Daytona Beach International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport and Orlando International Airport. For companies shipping products, Port Canaveral and Jaxport offer freight terminals on the Atlantic Ocean and St. Johns River, respectively. Major interstates I-4 and I-95 run just minutes west of our region for truck and commercial transportation. Southeast Volusia provides both easy commutes for employees as well as multi-modal logistics capabilities.

For those looking to relocate, our cities like New Smyrna Beach are only a short drive from exciting Orlando attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios and professional sports teams. Yet once home, residents can enjoy small town charm with historic downtowns full of shops, restaurants and weekly farmers markets. It’s clear that our lifestyle strikes a perfect balance!

  1. Top Industries Thrive in Southeast Volusia

Southeast Volusia County is focused on growing more and more jobs in industries that align with Florida’s business brand. These include aerospace, aviation, healthcare and life sciences, logistics and distribution, headquarters and corporate operations, information technology and financial services.

This mix of industries signals the breadth of opportunities for experienced professionals and recent college graduates alike. Whether your background is in computer science, aeronautical engineering, nursing, finance or other fields, chances are you can land a job in your specialty here.

  1. Our Exceptional Workforce Training Programs

Southeast Volusia County offers an array of workforce training initiatives that help reduce employer costs while helping to prepare workers for exciting career growth ahead. These programs provide funding for skills development, allowing companies to offset expenses with public funding opportunities. The result? More and better opportunities for our workers, every day.

For example, the Incumbent Worker Training Program helps provide existing employees with skills upgrading relevant to targeted industries. And the Employed Worker Training Program offers cost assistance for talent development that keeps companies and workers competitive.

Volusia County also recently launched WorkLocal, an online portal connecting job candidates with hiring companies based on mutual fit. This allows job seekers to anonymously share career ambitions and match with the right openings based on their goals rather than resumes alone. This new technology can help accelerate your job search opportunities in Southeast Volusia faster than a traditional job board!

  1. Promising Partnerships Spur Workforce Growth

Southeast Volusia County stays ahead of the curve on workforce trends by collaborating with state organizations like CareerSource Florida and Enterprise Florida. WonderFL is a newly introduced website helping talent across the U.S. explore Florida as their next place to live and work. You can use tools like the Cost of Living Calculator to compare expenses based on location, plus learn which employers are hiring.

WonderFL makes it easy to research different regions in Florida to find where you fit best based on lifestyle needs and job prospects. Be sure to explore all the best of Southeast Volusia County through a showcase of our concentration of aerospace, aviation, modeling and tech employers situated in a beautiful coastal community!

  1. Our Cost of Living Encourages Work-Life Balance

While expanding your career is important, so too is enjoying life outside of work. Florida is especially tax-friendly, which leaves more take-home income to spend on hobbies, travel and family time. As a state with no personal income tax, paychecks stretch further. You’ll get more for your money on quality groceries, transportation, utilities and other daily expenses. Southeast Volusia’s regional lifestyle allows you to truly experience Florida living without big city price tags.

At the same time, Volusia County provides the perfect ingredients to blend work, play and self-care thanks to year-long sunny weather flanked by ocean coastlines. They provide endless waves to surf, stretches to stroll or just spots to relax with a book. The views of the sunrise and sunset over the water are second to none.

Inland, the Intracoastal Waterway delivers boating access across miles of rivers, bays and canals. Launch your powerboat, paddleboard or kayak from public parks dotted along the waterway. Tie up for lunch at a waterside café or try your hand at catching redfish, sea trout or even tarpon on a fishing excursion. You’ll feel immersed in Florida’s ecosystem while getting some exercise, too!

  1. You’ll Enjoy Endless Arts and Culture

Beyond sunshine-filled days, Southeast Volusia serves up culture and cuisine to keep life interesting. Downtown districts in New Smyrna and Edgewater mix bistros with surf shops against a backdrop of historic buildings. The Atlantic Center for the Arts provides workshops and residencies with Master Artists across literary, visual and performing arts programs. The Marine Discovery Center lets you examine unique Atlantic sea creatures. And the Museum of Art DeLand located just north features rotating exhibits from renowned artists. No matter your interests, you’ll find something to enjoy in Southeast Volusia.

Let Florida’s Sunny Skies Jumpstart Your Career

The state of Florida offers a collection of assets that make it uniquely poised to attract newcomers ready to advance both their careers and lifestyles simultaneously. Nowhere else provides over 300 days of sunshine fueled by a hot economy in growing industries like aerospace, aviation, tech and life sciences. Southeast Volusia County positions you in the middle of this nexus concentrated in Central Florida.

With accessibility advantages, strong workforce development initiatives and an affordable cost of living, Southeast Volusia gives you every ingredient needed to build a rewarding life. Take the next step by visiting SEVMTC’s website or exploring WonderFL and WorkLocal to dig deeper on regions and job opportunities waiting for you. The Sunshine State is ready to launch your goals to new heights both personally and professionally. The time is now to bring your talents where they will thrive best – in Southeast Volusia County.




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