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Commercial growth reflects community

As existing commercial space in The Villages nears capacity, expansion plans continue to pop up to meet the need. Scott Renick, director of commercial development for The Villages, said the average occupancy rate for the 6 million square feet of commercial space in The Villages is at 97 percent as of March. With more than 450,000 square feet of commercial space set for construction this year — and even more coming outside The Villages — Renick said the demand shows no sign of slowing. “If anything the trend is that we’re still growing across all business types, from restaurants and apparel to services and health care,” Renick said. In 2017, Renick said, The Villages added roughly 87,200 square feet of commercial space, making way for everything from a Walmart Neighborhood Market to a Chase Bank to the community’s third Cody’s Original Roadhouse.

Florida Ranked Best State in the Nation for Higher Education

U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Florida as the best state in the nation for higher education.

Governor Rick Scott today made the below statement regarding U.S. News & World Report ranking Florida as the best state in the nation for higher education. The ranking was determined based on several factors, including the time it takes Florida students to complete two and four-year higher education programs, the cost of tuition and fees, and the burden of debt for college graduates. This is the second year in a row Florida has ranked number one.

Gov. Scott Announces Nearly $23 Million Investments from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund Across the State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced nearly $23 million in awards for eleven additional Florida Job Growth Grant Fund projects across the state. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature last year, provides $85 million for improving public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training in Florida. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has received more than 235 proposals requesting more than $825 million in funding. Today’s announcement reflects a total of more than $57 million in funding awarded to 21 communities across the state.

Big Push Starts at Center for Advanced Healthcare Project Site

Bulldozers pushed dirt last week at the site of the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood, while a national search started for an executive director to run it.

That activity clearly signals a big push to erect as quickly as possible the six-story, 197,892-square-foot medical center and the adjoining seven-story, 144,614-square-foot Brownwood Hotel & Spa along the Brownwood Boulevard extension just west of Powell Road.

SECO Energy Awarded Outstanding Large Business

February 20, 2018 – The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce awarded SECO Energy the 2017 Outstanding Large Business of the Year at its Celebrate Sumter Annual Dinner and Awards Gala on January 19, 2018, at the Savannah Center in The Villages.

The Annual Awards Gala celebrates businesses, large and small, in Sumter County. Members of Sumter County’s business community stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and received a greeting from County Commissioner Doug Gilpin.

Plans for New Recreation, Golf, Shopping and Connectivity in The Villages Well Underway

The Villages Developer plans to share with the city of Wildwood today details surrounding a number of new recreation, golf, housing, connectivity and other features in the southernmost portion of the community. In the coming months, current and future residents of The Villages will learn more about new recreation amenities, golf, parks and trails, as well as commercial development planned in the newly revealed Villages of DeSoto, McClure, Marsh Bend and Linden.