“TAVARES --- A Great Place to land”
“Tavares --- A Great Place to Land” is not just a catchy slogan, it is our unwaivering belief that the City of Tavares can offer everything a business needs to be successful.
That can-do attitude permeates the core of City Hall from the members of the City Council and the City Administrator, to the employees in each and every department.
In Tavares, we offer “fast track” permitting as a matter of course and our Development Review Committee meets every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. All City Departments involved in any facet of development review have a seat at a single table and meet one on one with the applicant seeking development approvals. Comments and suggestions are provided to the applicant in writing in a single document.
All approvals are handled through our “one stop permitting” Community Development Office. Generally most plans can be reviewed and approved in a matter of a few weeks rather than months that it takes in some jurisdictions. In Tavares we believe true economic development is helping our existing businesses to grow and prosper and to help new businesses to be successful. In addition to a “get it done” attitude, we also offer various business development incentives.
The Economic Development Department is responsible for:
- Providing incentives for new and existing businesses
- Providing services for business placement, retention, expansion, and recruitment
- Providing programs dedicated to making the community and improve workforce
- Implementing programs to help businesses grow
- Create events for the community to stimulate the local economy
Facade Grant Program Information
Facade Grant Application
Facade Grant Resolution
Bob Tweedie, Economic Development Director
Bob Tweedie, Economic Development Director, joined the Tavares Team in March of 2015. Mr. Tweedie was previously with the Collier County Airport Authority in Naples, Fl for 19 years serving in various management positions overseeing airport operations, capital improvement projects as well as economic development initiatives. He has served on several community, aviation and economic development boards and committees throughout his career in Florida. He holds a BA degree in Business & Economics from St. Anselm College and is an FAA licensed commercial pilot, with multi-engine, instrument and seaplane ratings as well as a certified flight instructor.