Karen Kerr, President, South Florida Baptist Hospital, serves as Vice Chair of the Plant City EDC.
Since 1953, South Florida Baptist Hospital has been Plant City’s trusted community hospital for all health and wellness needs, and was built on quality, compassionate care.
Why did you get involved in the EDC?
I am a firm believer in Plant City and all it has to offer. We have the right government and business environment, the right tax climate, plenty of utility capacity to handle growth, excellent schools, available labor force, great transportation infrastructure and plenty of entitled land that is ready for development. Add to that 7 colleges and universities within an hour drive and you have a city that is the perfect place for any company to relocate.
Describe the impact of the EDC:
I believe the EDC will provide an extremely positive influence in attracting new businesses to the area as well as helping existing businesses expand. It’s all about jobs and growth – a rising tide floats all boats.
Outlook for your company related to growth of economic opportunities in PC:
Everyone needs a bank. For us it is about relationships. We look forward to working with the existing businesses and helping those coming to this area with the capital they need to expand.