Business View Civil and Municipal | January 2021

22 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL JANUARY 2021 I f you’re looking for a place that is as warm as the weather, family friendly, diverse, modern, yet full of small town charm, look no further than Winter Garden, Florida. The city is thriving with plenty of economic development, public works projects, entrepreneurs and young families moving in to call Winter Garden home. City officials and staff strive to exceed the needs of residents and businesses – and it is working brilliantly. In fact, so much so that Winter Garden was ranked in 2019 as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States by Money Magazine. Tanja Gerhartz, Winter Garden’s Economic Development Director, knows just how valuable the city’s friendly demeanor is and that it sets it apart from nearby locations. She boasts, “We have a lot of people that want to live here because it reminds them of the small town where they grew up, or visitors who come to see a slice of old Florida, or visit our historic downtown, or cycling enthusiasts that want to ride the trail. We are truly an authentic piece of Florida, when you compare our city to the theme parks and tourist-themed entertainment. We definitely have AT A GLANCE WINTER GARDEN, FLORIDA WHAT: Diverse, family-friendly city ; population just under 50,000 WHERE: Orange County, 14 miles west of downtown Orlando WEBSITE: WINTER GARDEN, Florida W H E R E G O O D T H I N G S G ROW