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Sumter County invests in tourism’s potential

With the flick of a blinker and a quick merge off the highway, tourists can go from sitting in traffic to getting up close and personal with an alligator in less than five minutes.

Tourists can tick off an item on their Florida vacation to-do lists by stopping by GatorWorld Parks of Florida in Wildwood, which sits a mile off Interstate 75 in Sumter County.

Fourth town square announced for The Villages

A fourth town square south of State Road 44 is part of a 30-year road construction agreement approved Tuesday by the Sumter County Board of Commissioners.

The town square’s location is not specified on a map of future road construction, but the agreement also calls for The Villages Land Co. and The Villages Development Co. to build roads and be reimbursed by the county.

Sumter County Multifamily Market Analysis June 2018

Sumter County is a fast-growing medium-sized county with a population upward of 125,000 and contains the largest portion of The Villages® community. Nestled between large Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) Orlando and Tampa, Sumter County offers an alternative lifestyle for its residents. The county has become the 7th fastest growing county in the nation and the fastest growing county in the State of Florida. Over the past four years, The Villages MSA remained the fastest growing MSA in the United States. With growing manufacturing, distribution, and agriculture industries in the county, there is an opportunity for additional multifamily development in the market to capture the demand for market-rate housing for workers.

MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit

The MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector.

It intends to serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector. Join in-depth discussions as we build a road-map to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging our resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector.

Want to Tune-Up Your Business?

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No-cost seminars available June 19 and 21

These no-cost seminars are designed to help you resolve pain points in your business, operate to minimize business challenges, maximize customer satisfaction, and leverage your existing accountants, bankers, insurance agents, etc. to provide relief.

How to Buy or Sell a Business – SCORE Webinar

Buy or selling a business is an important decision requiring operational, financial, and strategic considerations. This free webinar will provide tips on what you need to do in order to buy or sell a business successfully. Don’t repeat the mistakes that others have already made.

Jim LaGrone, our presenter, has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses. Learn from an expert.

GrowFL Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Awards

Florida Companies to Watch celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.” Presented by GrowFL, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program like no other. We all have a compelling story to tell. We encourage you to tell yours!

USDA Approves $340M to Help Florida Citrus Recover From Irma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government will provide $340 million to help Florida citrus farmers recover from Hurricane Irma.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the grant on Tuesday, nearly eight months after Irma struck the state causing more than $2.5 billion in damage to the state’s agriculture industry.

The money will help citrus growers plant new trees, replace damaged irrigation and other equipment and make up for losses expected in the 2018 to 2020 growing seasons.