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Economic Development


The City of Sanford Economic Development Department promotes Sanford as a great place to locate businesses through marketing and outreach efforts.  Business growth from both new business relocation and existing business expansion has been a key factor to the health of our local economy.

The Economic Development team develops, implements, and manages citywide policies and procedures for encouraging and attracting growth to make Sanford even more of the livable city that it is.

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The Economic Development Department is dedicated to promoting City initiatives and economic tools to business owners interested in relocating or expanding their companies in the City of Sanford.  This department coordinates economic development incentives with businesses wanting to relocate.  We seek to help qualified companies grow their business through expansion in our City. Our strategy involves building on the City’s strengths to promote existing businesses and retain jobs, to facilitate business expansion, and recruit new businesses and related employment to the City. Business recruitment is very competitive, and as such, we partner with the State of Florida Office of Economic Development, Orlando Partnership, and a multitude of other economic development organizations to ensure your company utilizes the appropriate incentives to help grow your business in Sanford.

For more information please call the Economic Development Department at 407.688.5007.

Brady Lessard (407) 688-5015 Email: Director, Economic Development

Life In Sanford

Faces Of Sanford

Sanford, one of Central Florida’s oldest incorporated cities is well-known for its brick lined streets, towering oaks, elegant store-fronts and large, nineteenth-century Victorian homes. Picturesque First Street, the center of downtown Sanford, is a vibrant, entertaining, and enticing destination. Sanford is home to Seminole State College of Florida and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Its downtown attracts tourists with shops, restaurants, a marina, and a lakefront walking trail. 

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The city’s RiverWalk is a bike/walk/run trail that spans a distance of several miles in Sanford’s downtown area along the waterfront of Lake Monroe. The city completed multimillion-dollar streetscapes of 1st Street and Sanford Avenue in its historic downtown, using brick pavers, creating wider sidewalks, and adding trees, flowers, and benches. Sanford is connected to the central Florida commuter railway SunRail, with the station 2 miles from the downtown.

To support green initiatives, Sanford has added five electric car charging stations. The city is proposing to replace streetlamp bulbs with LED lights.

Sanford is Film Friendly

Our Downtown Sanford community loves the film industry and we wanted to prove it. So, a group of us got together to form the Film Sanford Committee working with the City of Sanford’s Communication’s Office. Alongside our partnership with Film Orlando Commission, we intend to do great things in our community. We want to make sure the most updated location information is available as well as the best crew list to help make your productions a success. We also want to have a number of members that will be happy to welcome you and assist as only a local can. Sanford has many charming and versatile locations and we encourage you to check out what we have to offer.

For information on Film Permits in the City of Sanford please contact the Orlando Film Commission at 407.446.0201 or email 

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