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Connecting Community Together - Rural County Partnership

Nestled in the heart of central Florida, Hardee County is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. From its rich history and charming small-town vibe to its bountiful agricultural offerings, this rural community is the perfect destination for travelers seeking an authentic Florida experience. Explore the county's numerous historic landmarks and immerse yourself in its unique culture, or get outside and take in the natural beauty of the area's many parks and recreational areas. For those interested in agriculture, Hardee County is a must-visit destination, with opportunities to experience the region's citrus, cattle, and dairy farming firsthand. And don't forget to take a leisurely trip down the peaceful Peace River, where you can fish, canoe, or kayak to your heart's content. Come discover what makes Hardee County so special and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Inspiring economic growth to create a strong community of integrity where people want to be.

Managing unique funding streams allows the organization to recruit businesses to Hardee County.

Acting as the economic broker, The Development Group offers businesses specially tailored services.

The Development Group has successfully completed 30 projects, created over 200 acres of shovel ready, industrial sites and has added over $1.5 billion to the Hardee County Economy.

The Hardee County Chamber of Commerce is the area’s oldest and most respected business organization.

As your voice for issues and actions affecting business and industry, we are working diligently to promote growth and development and making Hardee County a better place to live, work, worship, learn and conduct business.

With over 230 business members voices, we represent working together to make our community stronger and better for all!

Nestled deep in Florida’s Heartland in Central Florida, Hardee County is home to the cities of Zolfo SpringsWauchula, and Bowling Green, delivering a getaway where you can escape the crowds, unplug from the noise, and reconnect with nature, family and friends.

Adventures include paddling a pristine river, discovering a wildlife refuge, and exploring what might be the most unique castle on the entire planet. Read on to check out what awaits visitors to this under-the-radar gem.

From one-room log cabins to the modern classrooms of today, it is the hope of the Hardee County School District that an appreciation for the evolution of our educational system will be developed.

Throughout our history, one ideal that has been clearly evident is the dedication and determination of so many citizens, parents, and educators who were instrumental in developing and providing a school system worthy of entrusting our children's education and future.

Hardee School District Highlights:

  • Accredited by AdvancED (now Cognia)

  • Member of the Heartland Educational Consortium

  • Partnership with South Florida Community College for Dual Enrollment Classes and Collegiate Students

  • Award-winning business partnership program with local companies such as MOSAIC, Mid-Florida Credit Union, Suncoast Federal Credit Union, and Wauchula State Bank

  • Support from the Hardee Education Foundation; a non-profit organization that supports Hardee County educational programs with private funds *Ask us about the HEF Reverse Scholarship!

  • Full-time Guidance Counselors and Media Specialists at all schools

  • Instructional Support Coaches at all school sites

  • Award-winning tradition in athletics as evidenced by a long running list of district championships

  • Multi-faceted exceptional student education pro-gram

  • Variety of vocational programs aligned with rigorous state standards

  • Active adult and community education program

  • Active school and district parent volunteer program

  • Comprehensive ESOL program

  • District and school-level parent advisory committees

  • Federally-funded title programs that assist teachers and schools with materials and other funding needs

  • Research based in-service and professional development activities throughout the district

  • An active STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program that facilitates our success at region-al, state and national K-12 Science Fairs

  • Technology-infused with over 7,200 tools including desktop computers, laptop computers, iPads, smart-boards, Chromebooks, digital readers, and musical theater

  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at the secondary schools and select elementary school sites

  • Outstanding scores on district and state assessments as witnessed by our high scores in reading, math, and science


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