Providing valuable support for an industry
with growth potential
Agriculture and food industries have a large presence in Sumter County and are set to grow even larger, with over 800 agricultural-based businesses residing in the county. The Sumter County Livestock Market, one of the largest cattle markets in the southeastern U.S., transacts over $63 Million in cattle trades each year. This is just one example of a business that is capitalizing on the county’s unique proximity to a multi-university network for agricultural research, studies, innovation and graduates.
|Number of Farms||1,367||837||+63|
|Land in Farms||183,246 acres||159,789 acres||+15|
|Average Size of Farms||134 acres||191 acres||-30|
|Market Value of All Products Sold||$42,066,000||$29,423,000||+42|
|— Crop Sales||$24,775,000|
|— Livestock Sales||$17,291,000|
|— Average Per Farm||$30,773||$35,153||-12|
Highways: I-75; Florida Turnpike; US Hwy 301; SR 44, SR 48, SR 50
Airports: Orlando Intl. (1 hr.), Tampa Intl. (1 hr.) and Leeburg Regional Airport (20 mins.)
Seaports: Deepwater Ports of Tampa (1 hr), Manatee (1.5 hrs.), Jacksonville (2.5 hrs.), Canaveral (2 hrs.) and Miami (4 hrs.)
Rail Service: Industrial rail service by CSX Transportation’s main Eastern Seaboard freight line (S-Line)
● School System academically high performing since 2010
● Lake Sumter State College partners with Sumter County Schools and UCF to offer Bachelor’s degrees, vocational certificates and technology diplomas
● Regional campuses of UCF located nearby in Leesburg and Clermont
● USF and UF, both top national research institutions, are an hour away in Tampa and Gainesville respectively
Sumter County represents a distribution hub unique in the state, strategically located at the crossroads of I-75, Florida’s Turnpike and CSX Rail’s main freight line.
Interstate 75 and Florida’s Turnpike
US Highway 301 and US Highway 27
State Roads 44, 48 and SR 50
Orlando International (1 hour)
Tampa International (1 hour)
Leesburg Regional (20 minutes)
Port of Tampa (1 hour)
Port Manatee (1.25 hours)
Port Canaveral (1.75 hours)
Port of Jacksonville (2.5 hours)
Port of Miami (4 hours)
CSX rail is an integral element of the Sumter County transportation hub. CSX’s S-line industrial rail runs the entire north-south length of the county, providing Sumter businesses major distribution advantages.
CSX currently rolls 15 to 25 trains per day through Sumter County, each pulling up to 90 freight cars, serving 23 states over their 21,000 mile rail network.
Market Access and Export Capabilities
While it’s true that Sumter County isn’t located directly on the coast, that’s been little impediment when it comes to our international trade. Interstates, rail lines and nearby ports provide an excellent network of transit points for your products, tools and imports. And as a bonus, our inland location is less susceptible to hurricane damage while also being significantly less expensive than a location directly on the Gulf or Atlantic coasts.
A number of export resources from counseling to financing also exist for distribution businesses in the County.
In an effort to help attract businesses within the targeted industries of manufacturing, distribution, and agriculture, Sumter County has approved and adopted a set of targeted business incentives for companies locating and/or expanding their operations in the County. Even with Sumter County’s advantages of a low and stable tax rate, low debt ratio and proactive business philosophy, you can still enjoy competitive incentives to help make your decision to locate in Sumter County even easier.
Sumter County has forged unique, innovative partnership agreements with its cities and the State of Florida, and gained broad-gauge, fast-track approval processing on “shovel-ready” development sites.
The county’s site and building permit process can run concurrently in some areas submitted for consideration. Site and building permits an be issued within 21 days due to having the correct entitlements (no legislative hearings- administrative process only) to meet certain land and building requirements.
New Business Industry Incentive
In an effort to help attract businesses within the targeted industries of manufacturing, distribution, and agriculture, Sumter County adopted a target-industry business cash incentive for new companies locating and/or expanding their operations in the county.
View the New Business Industry Incentive PDF.
Existing Business Industry Incentive
In an effort to help retain and grow businesses within the targeted industries of manufacturing, distribution, and agriculture, Sumter County adopted a target-industry business cash incentive for existing companies expanding their operations in the county.
View the Existing Business Industry Incentive PDF
Cost of Doing Business
Being located in Florida has its advantages. Aside from the beaches and mild winters, the state is also good on taxes overall. According to the non-profit Tax Foundation, Florida ranks 4th out of 50 states in its friendly business climate* – and our county is better than most. Sumter County is home to a competitive tax structure. Sumter County has lowered ad valorem taxes in each of the previous 11 years, and was recently named the 4th lowest county in Florida for property tax rates according to the Florida Tax Watch, 2016 How Florida Counties Compare report.
Sumter County Tax Rates (Certified 2015 Millage by Taxing Authority):
|TOTAL for County||11.9158|
|City of Bushnell||4.8228|
|City of Center Hill||3.6160|
|City of Coleman||5.0000|
|City of Webster||7.0000|
|City of Wildwood||4.1044|
Location, Location, Location
Sumter County is a major, regional transportation hub for Central Florida at the crossroads of Interstate 75, Florida Turnpike’s and CSX’s main freight line, with access to major airports and seaports less than 90 minutes away.
An aggressive local incentive package for targeted industries that includes incentives for manufacturing, distribution and agricultural businesses.
Pro-business county leadership and economic development team with a personal commitment and passion for supporting local businesses.
A Commitment to Business
An Industrial Development Authority whose sole mission is to facilitate business growth and expedite the processing of bonds.