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The Villages Building Trend Bucks the State

Once again, The Villages is leading the way in the state’s return to prosperity.

While most of Florida is back to a state of economic normalcy, one sector remains soft since the collapse of the national real estate market in the mid-2000s — construction, Amy Baker, the Florida Legislature’s chief economist recently told members of the House Appropriations Committee. Read More.


T&D Job Training Strategy Cuts Into Jobless Rate

The Success of T&D’s recruitment and training program, and job growth particularly in and around The Villages, occurred as the September jobless rate dropped by 1.3 percent to 4.7 percent, the lowest level in years, the state Department of Economic Opportunity announced a week ago. Read More.

Governor activates $25 million Citrus Emergency Loan Program to aid citrus growers

Gov. Rick Scott has activated a $25 million Florida Citrus Emergency Loan Program to support citrus growers impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide interest-free loans to citrus growers that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period will be open through Nov. 30.