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Columbia County, Florida
Columbia County borders the state of Georgia on the north and is located in a rapidly growing region of North Central Florida. The intersection of two major highways, I-75 and I-10, is located in the heart of Columbia County, and the County is also served by multiple rail lines.
In the past 25 years the population has nearly doubled, with a current population of aproximately 68,000. Lake City, with a population of over 10,000, serves as the county's economic and governmental center. Fort White (pop 500) is the other incorporated city in Columbia County. The remaining population reside in the unincorporated areas.
A wide range of businesses, from Computer support services, to commercial airliner maintenance to manufacturing, have also found a home in Columbia County. The business community is supported by a wide range of organizations such as the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority, and the Employ Florida Banner Center for Logistics and Distribution, located at the Lake City Community College. Columbia County hosts one of two Catalyst Sites in the North Central Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern.
Lake City strives to maintain its small town character while embracing modern conveniences and amenities. Its proximity to major traffic corridors encourages hotel, motel, and restaurant chains to locate in the area, and the Veteran's Administration supports a local hospital facility, which draws patients from hundreds of miles away.