Established in 2020, the Lake Region Economic Development Corporation's mission is to help manage growth & attract economic development to Keystone Heights and the surrounding Lake Region.
Long known as North Florida's "Vacationland", the region has seen a significant amount of attention in recent years as efforts to restore its lakes come to fruition.
From ecotourism opportunities to the aerospace industry and so much more, the LREDC serves to educate and collaborate with the community on projects that will bring smart growth to the region.
North Florida's Lake Region is located between Jacksonville & Gainesville. The region is bounded by State Road 16 to the north and State Road 26 to the south. The Lake Region consists primarily of Southwestern Clay County and parts of Bradford, Putnam, and Alachua. The 2020 population of the region is just over 20,000 residents.
Karstic limestone topography and its location on Florida's Trail Ridge combine to create numerous sandy bottom lakes, with the most commonly well-known ones being Lake Geneva, Lake Brooklyn, & Lake Santa Fe. The Lake Region also serves as one of the primary inflow points for the Floridian Aquifer.
The Black Creek Water Resource Project has been approved to use more than $100 million in funding to bring water down from the South Fork of Black Creek, treat the water to remove its color, and allow it to flow into the highest public lake in the Etoniah Chain, Lake Brooklyn. From Brooklyn, other area lakes will see gradual increases by 2025.