News Archive

October is Manufacturing Month

Sumter County proclaimed October 2021 as Manufacturing Month recognizing the importance of manufacturing in our local economy.

According to the Florida Small Business Development Center located in Sumter County, nearly 375 manufacturing firms are located in Sumter County. These firms, large and small, produce a diverse array of products in our community.

EMSI Analytics estimates these 375 firms employ approximately 1,300 workers with average earnings per job of $68,817.

The Board of County Commissioners supports this important, targeted industry, and organizations involved in advocacy and support of educational and career advancement opportunities for our residents in the manufacturing sector.

June is National Homeownership Month!

Sumter County Housing Services is recognizing National Homeownership Month in June with a proclamation by the Sumter Board of County Commissioners. Housing Services staff was joined by two community partners, Homes in Partnership and Habitat for Humanity to accept the Proclamation at a recent Board meeting.

Population forecast ranks Sumter as No. 1

Because of The Villages® community, the BEBR demographers forecast Sumter as the state’s fastest-growing county in percentage increase during each of the five-year increments through 2045. Using 2020 as the baseline, the demographers expect the county to grow by 72% to a low, medium and high average of 243,533 residents by 2045.

Sumter Senior Hiring Fair

Sumter District School’s Career and Technical Education Department will be hosting the Sumter Senior Hiring Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 19 at the Sumter Prep Academy at 200 Cleveland Ave, in Wildwood. This event will connect graduating seniors with local employers for on-site interviews and immediate hiring. This event will target only those small businesses searching for entry-level workers, and are interested in providing job opportunities on the spot.

Those searching for entry-level workers, and are interested in providing job opportunities, should contact Casey Ferguson at (352) 793-5719 ext. 54210 or

MAPEI announces Florida expansion with new facility

MAPEI Corporation announces the expansion of its existing Wildwood, Florida, facility with the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition of a new 260,000-square-foot (24 155-m2) powder production and distribution facility.

“The existing facility has proven to be such a tremendous asset as a distribution center that the construction of additional distribution space, along with four powder production lines, will greatly increase our ability to meet our customers’ demands,” said Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI North America. “Now we will be even better able to bring product and services to our customers in the surrounding states, as well as throughout North America, with the increased powder production.”

Sumter County Empowers the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

When they established Sumter’s Future Entrepreneurs Competition in 2015, local educational leaders recognized the importance for students to have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom and put their project management skills to the test.

An annual Shark Tank-style event organized by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Lake and Sumter counties, and the Sumter School District, the competition now in its sixth year gives students the opportunity to win cash prizes for their innovative ideas, while allowing them access to local business men and women who advise them not only on their individual ideas, but mentor them to become better entrepreneurs.