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In local government employed 21, workers. Over the years the percentage has varied from 7. The number of people working in construction dropped from 2, in to 1, in Port Canaveral is one of the world's busiest cruise port. There are seven cruise lines, with six major cruise terminals. American City Business Journals rated Brevard 7th for quality of life out of Two hospitals were among the top five private employers in the county, together employing 8, in A concern has been the probable reassignment of thousands of Space Coast workers when the Space Shuttle is discontinued in In , 9, jobs were expected to be lost from the shuttle and other programs.
In , there were aerospace companies in the county. There were 36, workers. Harris Corporation , headquartered in the county, has the most employees in the private sector, 6, in Two locally headquartered builders, Mercedes Homes and Holiday, were among the top 30 in the nation.
There are 15 Community Redevelopment agencies in the county. They are funded from real estate taxes in the affected area. Cocoa has three, and Eau Gallie, one. The county had 1, restaurants in and nearly that many 1, in There were 22, leisure and hospitality workers in the county in This figure includes hotel workers. That figure had dropped 8.
In the early s, the Shiloh area was proposed by Space Florida as a potential location for the development of a commercial-only spaceport. Located immediately north of the U. Government's Kennedy Space Center, the open access to the flyover range on the open Atlantic Ocean to the east, and easy access to the tracking facilities of the Eastern Test Range make the location an attractive launch site.
Among other potential users of the commercial spaceport facility, SpaceX was reported to be considering Shiloh as one of several potential locations for building a commercial launch facility. In there were 2, military jobs in the county. In , they employed a total of 2, civilian federal workers. The Navy maintains a Trident turning basin at Port Canaveral for ballistic missile submarines.
The community was successful in having this decision revoked. Cattle ranches include the Deseret , Duda Ranch , Kempfer, and two other major ranches. There are 40 4-H -related clubs in the county, including livestock- and pet-related and after-school clubs. This is distributed in several categories: In , there were 2. Brevard competes with other Florida areas for tourists.
A number of organizations help promote the area. They attempt to attract tourists. The TDC serves as an advisory council to the county on the expenditures of revenues received from a tourist tax.
This revenue is spent on beach improvements, visitor information centers and website,  promotion and advertising, the Brevard Zoo , additional beach improvements and the Space Coast Stadium. In , the county had 11, hotel rooms available.
In July , there was a This fell to a seasonal low of The restored area is a tourist attraction and an economic magnet. Brevard has five judged art festivals annually attracting tens of thousands of people to art displays.
Most festivals are held in the spring or fall when many tourists can attend. Many other annual festivals are held in parks and public sites throughout the year. The Brevard Cultural Alliance BCA maintains an event calendar  and a map of sites of historic, cultural, and ecological interest. An annual February Greek Festival had over 8, visitors in The annual Grant Seafood Festival attracts as many as 50, people for the two-day February event.
It is the Southeast's largest and longest running seafood festival. An ice skating rink in Rockledge serves the county's residents and visitors with hockey and figure skating events. In a local group compared the county against four other "peer" cities: It evaluated nine areas: While the county does well against national figures, and scored high in livability, it usually ranked last against these "peers" in the other eight areas.
In , the county had 13 patents per 1, workers, more than double the national average of 6. In , Forbes ranked the county 18th out of MSAs and first out of 8 metros in Florida for affordable housing and short commute times, among others. It overcame its low number of total high-tech companies and jobs by having a high number of jobs per high tech company 4 and high tech jobs compared to total private-sector jobs 2.
Forbes magazine ranked Melbourne 2nd out of metropolitan areas in the US, for the percentage of the population that are engineers, 6. It reached a maximum employment of , in The Technological Research and Development Authority, based on the Space Coast, delivers technologies to schools and small businesses throughout the state of Florida.
They obtain this information through strategic alliances with NASA, the federal government, the aerospace industry and state partners. They also sponsor a business incubator at the Melbourne Airport. Kennedy Space Center KSC is the largest employer in the county with 15, contractors and civil servants.
In , there were 6, federal workers, total, employed in the county. In , there were more engineers 48 per thousand workers than any other region in the United States. In , the Next Generation Consulting for Leadership Brevard, a leadership development organization for local business and civic groups, and Brevard Tomorrow commissioned a survey of people Basically, these people often found the area "boring", mainly because it is family-friendly at the expense of being singles-friendly.
While this may have labor repercussions later, currently business is having no problems hiring. The county had an unemployment rate of There were , private sector jobs in the county in The largest local employer is Brevard Public Schools with 9, of whom 5, are teachers. In , the majority of groceries were sold in chain stores. Publix has 23 stores; Winn-Dixie has 10; Wal-Mart has 12 stores; the county has three warehouse clubs. In , there were 1, private charities registered in the county.
Brevard was ranked 25th in the state, out of 67 counties, for health outcomes in The county ranked 13 in clinical care, 25th in societal factors including air pollution and drinking water quality. In , there were about 88, persons without medical insurance in the county.
In , the County Health Department Director issued a caution about the potential danger of flesh-eating bacteria that inhabit inland estuaries. The Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation is unique for being a local organization only. It has three adult daycare service locations and often provides transportation and funding.
The Space Coast Early Intervention Center is a nationally recognized not-for-profit pre-school and therapeutic center that offers care and aids with the development of small children with special needs.
Down syndrome , Williams syndrome , cerebral palsy , deletion syndrome , PDDs including Rett syndrome , autism , and Apert syndrome , as well as children with visual, speech and hearing delays.
This network includes hospitals. The non-profit Circles of Care provides mental health programs to Brevard. Space Coast Center for Independent Living offers over-all services for individuals with all types of disabilities: As of , there were ten hospitals in the county, with 1, beds total.
Besides hospitalization, services include outpatient centers; the county's only trauma center; home care; specialized programs for cancer, diabetes, heart, stroke, and rehabilitative services; central Brevard's largest medical group; three fitness centers; and Medicare Advantage, commercial POS, and commercial HMO health plans.
Health First tries to integrate quality healthcare services with state-of-the-art technology. Parrish Medical Center , a bed hospital, has been named America's No.
Health care services tend to cost more in Brevard than Orlando or the statistical average in Florida. There are place names currently used, or used at one time by the USGS. Some are early developments, while others are former stations along the main line of the Florida East Coast Railway.
Several of these disappeared when Kennedy Space Center took over their area. Elementary and secondary education is provided by the Brevard Public Schools and private schools. In , six public schools were ranked by the state in the top ten schools in the state, out of 2, There was one list each for primary and secondary schools.
The Brevard County Library System has 17 branches. They play about 14 games against other professional teams locally in March as part of the "Grapefruit" League. Aside from school-sponsored sports, there are youth leagues for basketball,  football, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics,  baseball  and swimming.
The county contains about gasoline retail outlets. While Brevard County has transportation available in the usual modes for a coastal county—highways, shipping, and airlines—it has the addition of space transportation, making it unique in the world. Public transportation is provided by Space Coast Area Transit. In the company announced plans to replace the plant with a more efficient natural gas -powered plant in with a 1, megawatt capacity, which can supply , homes or businesses.
In , FPL had , customers in Brevard. Florida City Gas furnishes natural gas to various areas of the county. The area code for most of the county became " " in , as in the " A small portion of the county along the southern border, including the communities of Micco and Barefoot Bay , share a area code with Indian River County and St. Lucie County, Florida to the south. The county government maintains various landfills for solid waste.
In , the county, for the first time, let a seven-year contract out for bids for solid waste. This was the first time in 20 years, a bid was requested. In the past, Waste Management, Inc has performed the work, not only for the county but for 9 of 16 Brevard municipalities. Waste Pro has five of the remaining municipal contracts. Rockledge and Titusville maintain their own trash service. It had to be separated and transported to the Central Disposal Facility in Cocoa. Landscape irrigation accounted for about half of this usage.
The fifth, Brevard County 1 , is low because county areas outside the preceding cities, purchase their water from those cities. The county controls six Wastewater Treatment Facilities: It is owned by the media conglomerate Gannett.
The weeklies Space Coast Florida Weekly and Home Town News are free newspapers, supported by advertising, that have versions in other Florida counties.
Both present local news. The Brevard Technical Journal is the industry monthly newspaper for business management, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, and staff.
It features news and features about the business and the science of technology in Brevard County. Most of Brevard County receives cable television from Charter Spectrum. The following films were filmed in parts in Brevard County: King Center for the Performing Arts , seating , features locally produced and former Broadway shows, ballet, and symphony. Several different performances are scheduled each week.
There is the professional Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. The Zoo offers animal experiences including giraffe and lorikeet feedings, African kayak tours, paddle boats in the wetlands and a train ride. The Space Coast Ballet incorporates professional principal dancers and instructors together with many roles for local senior talent as well as roles for students. They annually stage The Nutcracker. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers an educational look at the accomplishments of America's space program.
The Observation Gantry near Launch Complex 39 offers a view of the Space Shuttle launch pads first built for the Apollo missions , the Vehicle Assembly Building , and the crawlerway over which rockets are taken to the pad. A visitor may see how Native Americans lived and Florida pioneers survived. This houses a replica of the Liberty Bell, historical documents, and patriotic memorabilia. Items are permanent reminders of our nation's history, as well as a memorial to military veterans.
Moore Memorial Park and Cultural Center features a museum with artifacts and time line of the civil rights movement and the story of Harry T. Moore , civil rights leaders who were killed when their home was bombed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Broward County, Florida. Parts of this article those related to rebuilding following hurricanes , specifically the Hurricane Irma , and developing discussions of urban resilience and climate resilience planning need to be updated.
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