Annual Economic Development Update

Better Community. Better Business. Better Cocoa. 2022 Annual Economic Development Update
  1. Central Location. Endless Opportunity.
  2. Better Community
  3. Better Business
  4. Better Cocoa
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Choose Cocoa. Central location. Endless Opportunity. Cocoa map.Cocoa is a unique and diverse community situated in the heart of the Space Coast along the Indian River in Brevard County. Serving as a gateway to Brevard’s beautiful beaches, Cocoa is minutes to Central Florida’s many amenities and attractions such as Port Canaveral’s cruise port, Kennedy Space Center, the Brevard Zoo, historical downtown districts, and Orlando area attractions.

Easily accessible by State Roads 520, 528, and 524 as well as Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa’s central location within the state of Florida serves as the connection point to some of the state’s major metropolitan markets such as Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami. In addition to Cocoa’s advantageous location, the City’s streamlined and competitive building and site permitting process, as well as innovative economic development programs, foster a favorable environment for development.

Cocoa’s vibrant historic downtown offers shopping, dining, and entertainment. Downtown Cocoa Village is home to historic landmarks such as the Porcher House, Derby Street Chapel, and Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, which attracts tens of thousands of patrons annually. Also located in downtown Historic Cocoa Village is Riverfront Park and Amphitheatre, which hosts over 65 special events attracting over a hundred thousand visitors each year.

Cocoa is also home to the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, Florida Historical Society’s Museum and Headquarters as well as educational institutions such as the University of Central Florida’s Cocoa Campus, Eastern Florida State College’s Cocoa Campus, and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

A surge in available housing has occurred over the past year to accommodate the rise in the space and manufacturing industries. Nearly 2,000 new housing units are currently under construction. With this also comes new business, such as the Amazon fulfilment center along Grissom Road, Vaya Space has expanded into an office in Cocoa Village, and 147 additional businesses have located throughout the City in fiscal year 2021.

Cocoa City Council and staff have been hard at work making Cocoa a better community with better businesses, all resulting in a better future for Cocoa. Citizens and business owners, continue to be engaged and play an integral role in the progress of a better Cocoa community. Working together, Council, staff and the community can ensure prosperity and drive growth in Cocoa.