News Archive

Local Economy to See Billions in Growth

Villages Cycles Owner, Mark Hall, preps a new bike for sale at their Brownwood location. The shop has contributed to the total sales taxes collected from 2009 to 2016 in Sumter County. The sales tax collection increased by 78.1 percent, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Developer: The Villages Expansion Going Strong

Mark Morse, president and CEO of The Villages, speaks to VHA members during the annual “An Evening with the Developer” event at The Sharon. Morse sought help from residents by asking them to fill out the annual survey, which has been revamped to make it simpler and more open-ended for explanations.

Sumter Businesses Growing Across Many Industries

Numerous businesses across multiple industries are expanding services, staff and facilities. Crevalle Boats, Kottke Trucking and Speedling Inc. are among the companies expanding and adding jobs. Plant nurseries, landscaping businesses, manufacturing firms, and transportation companies are just some of the growing industries in Sumter County.

Talking with Frank Arenas

Frank Arenas moved to Sumter County in 1995 and bought a small airport in Coleman. His goal was to have a professional skydiving school. The Daily Sun recently spoke with Arenas about his love of flying and his future plans for the airport.

1st in growth — again!

The spotlight shone even brighter this week on The Villages metropolitan statistical area. For the fourth consecutive year, the MSA, which includes all of Sumter County but not The Villages in Lake or Marion counties, ranks as the fastest-growing MSA in the country, the Census Bureau revealed this morning in its 2016 population survey.