The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, Inc. (EDC) has assisted in the expansion to St. Lucie County of HealthChem Diagnostics, LLC, a medical diagnostics research and manufacturing firm. The company plans to create 160 high-wage jobs over the next five years along with a capital investment of $27,000,000 in its new facility to be based in Fort Pierce, FL. The EDC led efforts to secure state and local support for the project to bring HealthChem Diagnostics to St. Lucie County. Through Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization and the Governor’s Office of Trade, Tourism and Economic Development, HealthChem Diagnostics was awarded a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund. St. Lucie County has also committed to provide the company with property tax abatement based on the company’s job creation, capital investment and commitments, along with impact fee reimbursement and accelerated permitting.
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