The Past And The Future
The county seat of DeSoto County, the town was named after Arcadia Albritton, the daughter of pioneer settlers. Despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Charley in 2004, the city retains an Old World charm, with its downtown historic district being home to many well-regarded antique stores and early 20th century homes. While forever mindful of its past, the city is embarking on a number of infrastructure projects to modernize its roads and water services in an effort to attract new residents and businesses.
Working In Arcadia
A number of employers maintain a significant presence in Arcadia. Walmart leads the list, with a distribution center housed in the area as well as one of their retail stores. DeSoto Memorial Hospital and Peace River Citrus Processing also employ significant numbers of Arcadians.
Getting There – And Staying There
Located at the intersection of US Highway 17 and Florida State Routes 31, 70 and 72, Arcadia is a comfortable distance from the Interstate system; close enough to receive visitors easily but far enough to retain a more tranquil “small-town” feel.
Located in the middle of Florida’s “cowboy country”, Arcadia plays host to a number of rodeos and other such competitions as well as boasting peaceful orange groves and canoeing streams.
Business Opportunity In Arcadia
A number of attributes contribute to the advantageous economic climate of DeSoto County, including a high quality of life that attracts a diverse, highly skilled labor force and business base, and this is increasing as the city continues its modernization efforts. The DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce has over 350 members and is extremely active in the community. For business owners, population growth means a steady flow of new customers to the area. It also gives more opportunities for new businesses to open, in order to serve all of these customers who have recently relocated.