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1818 Lake Wales Area Resident and Visitor Guide Lake Wales a Great Place for Business Because of its convenient Central Florida location and low cost of living the Lake Wales area offers outstanding opportunities for economic growth. The intersection of U.S. 27 and S.R. 60 at Lake Wales makes an excellent hub from which goods may be transported easily to all points in Florida and beyond. Lake Wales residents and businesses truly have the best of both worlds. Just a short commute from Orlando and Tampa Lake Wales offers a friendly down-home atmosphere where work and school are near wherever you live. Just down the road Lake Wales residents can enjoy the amenities of big-city life by visiting without having to deal with the daily congestion and trafc. Lake Wales has a wide variety of places to play shop dine attend school and receive health care. Although citrus and tourism have long been an important part of the areas economy more business and industry are relocating to the area. A public private partnership resulted in the construction of Longleaf Business Park just 2 miles south of Lake Wales on Highway 27. Kegel Company the parks rst tenant Additional emphasis by the City has been on the location of light manufacturing and distribution companies west of Lake Wales along S.R. 60 to take advantage of the new CSX intermodal distribution center opened in the second quarter of 2014. The City also is planning an extension of its airport runway to accommodate small cargo planes. Retailers and professionals have a variety of options from the downtown commercial district strip centers and manufactures bowling equipment and cleaning supplies that are marketed worldwide and has a state-of-the- art training facility utilized by bowling professionals college teams and bowling enthusiasts. A creative division of Merlin Entertainment which owns Legoland is locating on an outparcel. The developer and other building owners are offering great market rates and other incentives.