Economic Development News
Economic Development Quarterly Newsletter
The Office of Economic Development publishes a newsletter at the end of every quarter to inform residents, visitors, and the business community on news, announcements, projects, events, and more relating to economic development in the City of Cocoa.
Cocoa's Water Tank Wins 2015 Tank of the Year
Tank of the Year is a national contest presented by Tnemec Company, Inc., which was awarded this year to Cocoa's iconic 156 ft. tall structure. The tank, which features three 25 ft. high American flags, was recently re-painted as part of a resurfacing project started last year. The flags were originally painted on the tank in 1976 by a Greek immigrant to celebrate the nation's bicentennial. When the recent resurfacing project came up for approval to City Council, it was decided that the flags remaining on the tank was a necessity. Read the Cocoa's Water Tank Wins 2015 Tank of the Year (PDF) release for more information.
City of Cocoa Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Grant
June 2, 2015 - The City of Cocoa has been awarded a $400,000 Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess existing environmentally contaminated or perceived contaminated sites within the city. The funds will result in long-term re-use and redevelopment plans for properties that are assessed and where appropriate will lead to remediation and clean-up plans. Review the City of Cocoa Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Grant (PDF) announcement for more.
Office of Economic Development Makes Presentation to Cocoa City Council!
April 28, 2015 - The City's Office of Economic Development made a presentation to Cocoa City Council regarding new or updated programs and initiatives of the Office. Economic Development staff were recognized by City Council and City administration for hard work and dedication. Download the presentation (PDF) for more information.
Office of Economic Development Featured in Brevard Business News!
March 16, 2015 - The City of Cocoa's Office of Economic Development was featured in Brevard Business News in the March 16th weekly issue. The three-page spread touted the resurrection and efforts of the Office of Economic Development, which was reinstituted in early 2014. New business, business expansion, and business inquiries in Cocoa have picked up dramatically over the last couple of years, so it was no surprise when City officials agreed to expand the Division in terms of staff and encourage the creation of more robust economic development programs. If you haven't read the article, you can find it here (PDF).
Cocoa Welcomes Tractor Supply Company
February 25, 2015 - The City of Cocoa is excited to announce that national retailer, Tractor Supply Company, has chosen to open a new location at Byrd Plaza, located on U.S. 1 and Dixon Boulevard. Tractor Supply is the largest farm and ranch store chain in America and operates 1,100 stores in 44 states.
Tractor Supply will occupy approximately 36,000 square feet of space in the plaza, offering 15,000+ square feet of outdoor display and 21,000+ square feet of in-store space. The owners of Byrd Plaza will be making approximately $695,000 in improvements to accommodate the retailer with an anticipated completion date of summer 2015. An opening date has not yet been scheduled. Read the Cocoa Welcomes Tractor Supply Company (PDF) article for more.
Cocoa Main Street Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation
February 23, 2015 - The Cocoa Main Street Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.
Esmé Doucette Named as Florida Today's "One to Watch"
January 18, 2015 - The City's Economic Development Specialist, Esmé Doucette, was featured as "One to Watch" by Florida Today. Esmé joined the City in May 2014 and in such a short time has made great contributions to the Office of Economic Development, implementing and heading up the P.R.O. Business program, a business retention and expansion program of the City. Check out the Florida Today article.
New Quarterly Economic Development Newsletter
January 1, 2015 - The Office of Economic Development has rolled out an economic development newsletter that will be published online and distributed electronically at the end of each quarter. The ED Newsletter will contain information on new projects and initiatives of the City, project announcements, events, and more.