The Development Group hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, February 7, to commemorate the beginning of construction on a new building in the Hardee County Business Park. The 16,000-square-foot building will serve as Aloha Medical Services’ corporate headquarters for their multi-state operation. Construction on the new facility will begin February 13 with an estimated 8-month timeline for completion.

Aloha Medical Services is a non-emergency medical transport company that was recruited to Hardee County and will create over 50 careers. The Aloha Medical Services team is committed to providing the highest quality of service and skilled compassionate care in the medical transportation industry. The company identified Wauchula as a central location to serve Florida’s Heartland, connecting rural medicine to a higher level of care and specialty care throughout the State of Florida.

Lee Mikell, Chair of The Development Group, welcomed over 40 attendees to the groundbreaking. Justin Smith, Chief Operating Officer of The Development Group, introduced Aloha Medical Services owner, Jim Roesner. Roesner spoke about the importance of creating careers, not just jobs. Aloha Medical Services takes pride in offering premium benefits, including retirement, and the opportunity to create a meaningful career.

The Development Group continues to inspire economic growth to create a strong community of integrity where people want to be. The economic development organization has been diversifying efforts to create a “whole community” approach. Downtown revitalization, quality of life, job creation, and long-term strategic planning have been elements of recent efforts. The recruitment of Aloha Medical Services will create meaningful careers and have a multiplier effect on the local economy. Available employment opportunities and applications are posted at