Community Redevelopment Agency
368 South Commerce Avenue
15 Aug, 2018 No Comments

What is Your Vision for Highlands County in the Next 5 Years?

The county’s Economic Development office needs your help as they develop a strategic plan that will guide economic development efforts for the community; all you have to do is answer a quick 12 question survey!

This short survey gives you, as a community member, the opportunity to provide feedback on how you feel about the role of economic development, what type of growth and industry you think is best suited for the community, and how you feel about the quality of life that you currently enjoy.

This survey is only 12 questions and should take less than 10 minutes of your time. The survey closes on September 7. Take the survey here >> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/highlandsco

Thank you for helping our county to learn & grow!

13 Aug, 2018 No Comments

Sebring Soda Shop Grand Re-Opening & New Ownership Celebration!

Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works says, “Join us to welcome the new owner of Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works for the Grand Re-Opening Celebration!”

* The First 100 People Will Receive a Free Gift.
* Play a Game to Win a Prize, with Each Purchase.
* Free Face Painting for Kids from 11-2, courtesy of Highlands Art League.
* Buy One, Get One 50% Off Sodas
* Live Radio Remote with WWOJ 99.1 and Rooter Rush.
* Complimentary Soda Sampling All Day
* Introducing New Menu Items
* The First 100 Paying Customers Will Be Entered to Win an Ice Cream Party for You and 20 Friends!

Come meet our new employees, Mady, Mekaela and Amber!

When? Saturday, August 25th from 11 AM-9 PM.

Where? 201 Circle Park Drive, Sebring FL

06 Aug, 2018 No Comments

Don’t Miss a Post on Facebook!

Not seeing our posts regularly? According to AdAge, Facebook said, “We expect organic distribution of an individual page’s posts to gradually decline over time…”. So here’s how to continue seeing posts from Downtown Sebring with Facebook’s latest update!
 
1. If you don’t already like/follow us, make sure to do so.
2. Most importantly, highlight the “follow” button and click “see first”.
3. If you want to be the first to know when we go live on Facebook, feel free to click “on” under Notifications.
29 Jun, 2018 No Comments

4th of July Celebration in Downtown Sebring!

Be a part of the 4th of July celebration in Downtown Sebring and enjoy the Independence Day fireworks over Lake Jackson from 9–9:45 PM at the City Pier Beach!
The Highlands Little Theatre will be hosting Free Patriotic Revue Shows every hour between 11 AM-3 PM. They will have hot dogs, cold beer, brats & more; refreshment sales benefit the scholarship fund. That’s not all!! They are also hosting a Fireworks Viewing Party starting at 7 PM at Frank’s Deck, found at Highlands Little Theatre. Get there early, enjoy the cash bar and the great view.
Highlands Little Theatre: 356 W. Center Ave, Sebring FL
City Pier: 351 W. Center Ave, Sebring FL

HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

25 Jun, 2018 No Comments

Sebring Art, Wine & Jazz Festival Announced for November

This FREE community event will celebrate 52 years of the fine arts is one of Florida’s longest continuously running art Festivals and the largest and most prestigious in the South Central Florida area

 
SEBRING, FL (June 23, 2018– The Highlands Art League will host its 52nd annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival that has been re-branded for 2018 to the Sebring Art, Wine & Jazz Festival.  The festival will run Saturday, November 3 from 9AM–4PM, and Sunday, November 4 from 9 AM- 2 PM with cash prizes for participating established artists and scholarship awards for participating emerging artists. 
 
For 50+ years, this festival has provided a celebration of the art and music in Central Florida.  This festival draws thousands of people to historic downtown Sebring the first weekend in November to kick off the holiday shopping season.  The Festival features more than 100 talented visual and performing artists, along with culinary offerings from local restaurants and mobile food vendors, an interactive Children’s Street, an Emerging Artist Scholarship Program and the popular Chamber of Commerce Street filled with non-art organizations and businesses from the local area. Special features this year include wine tasting on Saturday, Jazz-style entertainment, speed painting, a Gospel Brunch on Sunday, and some new and exciting artists from outside of the area. 
 
Mark your calendar to attend this upcoming event at Historic Downtown Sebring’s Circle Park. Don’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy art, wine & jazz in a family-friendly environment!
 
BECOME A VENDOR OR SPONSOR AT THIS EVENT!
If you would like to sponsor the Sebring Art, Wine & Jazz Festival or participate as an artist, emerging artist or culinary vendor, applications and forms may be found at SEBRINGARTFEST.COM or you can send an email to manager@highlandsartleague.org. 
05 Jun, 2018 No Comments

How to Own Your Building with an SBA 504 Loan

Coming in June is a business workshop that provides insight on how to purchase commercial buildings using the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program.
The workshop takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 in the University Center, Room 109 at South Florida State College, 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park. The workshop cost is $10.
Attendees will learn:
  • How the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program can help business owners purchase, build or renovate commercial buildings as well as provide funds for things like capital machinery with as little as a 10 percent down payment.
  • How an SBA certified development company can approve business owners and co-lend with their banks and credit unions for a low-interest, below market rate loan.
  • About tools offered through the Florida Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida that can make a business more profitable with DISC behavioral assessments, Profit Mastery training, Growth Acceleration and Export Marketing Plan services.
The workshop is provided in partnership by Highlands County Economic Development, the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida, located at South Florida State College, Florida First Capital Finance Corporation and South Florida State College.
For more information and to reserve a spot, contact South Florida State College, at 863-784-7405. The course code is CRN30817.
05 Jun, 2018 No Comments

Highlands Art League: We are Looking to Grow our Team!

The Highlands Art League says, “We are looking to grow our team! If you’re interested in being part of the “Village Where Art Lives” and have knowledge of non- profits and the arts, apply for the Operations Manager position by sending your resume and cover letter to manager@highlandsartleague.org”

Please see additional information here!

 

08 May, 2018 No Comments

Food Trucks & Flicks Takes Place Friday, May 11th!

It’s contest time! Would you like to watch Friday’s movie from the comfort of your very own couch at Food Trucks & Flicks? Thanks to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Friday’s event will feature a VIP seating area for one lucky winner and 3 guests – plus FREE popcorn!

 
Here’s how to participate: 
 
1.     Share the Food Trucks & Flicks event page.
 
2.     Tag 5 friends who you think would love the event.
 
3.     Come back to this post and comment ‘DONE!’
 
Each participant who followed the 3 steps above will be assigned a number. Friday we will go LIVE at noon to draw 1 lucky winner! We love our downtown merchants, and appreciate Habitat For Humanity ReStore sponsoring of our VIP seating area!

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You don’t want to miss this one; the last event was a success! Get your weekend started in downtown Sebring’s Circle Park at this family-friendly event Friday, May 11th, from 5:30 – 9:30 PM! Grab dinner from a variety of delicious food trucks provided by Gourmet Truck Expo and finish the night with a FREE kid-friendly movie at 8 PM.

Adult beverages will be available for purchase as well; just look for the ‘Mobil Mojo’ tent on Circle Park Drive, Sebring FL.

Don’t forget to bring blankets and chairs!

What Movie? The Secret Life Of Pets

Kid’s Games Available:
– Cornhole
– Ring Toss
– Giant Inflatable Outdoor Bowling
– Ladder Golf
– Bucket Ball
– New! Giant Jenga
– New! Giant Checkers

Food Truck Line-Up:
New! Island Boyz Conch Shack
New! shake.iv
New! Sugar Yummy Mama Atelier & Foodtruck
New! Thyme 2 Dine Streatery
Baby Taino’S Food Truck
Baldino’s On A Roll
The Burger Lab
Devil Dogs
Georgia Boy & Ethel’s Famous Wings, inc
Loafin’ Around Cafe

Note:
Family friendly restrooms will be available at the former Sebring Chamber office located at 309 Circle Park Drive, Sebring FL. Look for signage at the event to point you in the right direction if you have to go!

Going? Let us know on our Facebook event page. Thanks in advance!