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Fitch Ratings Affirms Sumter County at AA+

Fitch Ratings for 2020 affirmed Sumter County’s Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds with an AA+ rating. Sumter County’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) is also at AA+. Fitch also reported that less than 400 local tax-supported jurisdictions in the United States qualify for an AA+ rating. This rating reflects the county’s continued growth and diversification and maintenance of robust financial operations.

3 towns boom with new people, business

The communities surrounding The Villages are experiencing another round of expansion. Lady Lake
and Wildwood have seen residential and commercial growth in recent years, and Fruitland Park’s
population has more than doubled in the past five years with commercial growth expected to be on
the way.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

Farm City Week 2019

Farm City Week has been held around the country since the 1950’s to help celebrate the abundant harvest of Florida agriculture. Sumter County Farm Bureau, along with many other community partners, offers a tour and an educational event during the month of November each year. The Farm City tour offers Sumter County residents a firsthand experience to learn more about production agriculture from our local producers. This year, the tour stops included Mazak Ranch, Knight’s Farm Fresh Feeds, Sumter County Farmer’s Market tour, and lunch at the Sumter County Farmer’s Market. The educational event was held at Brownwood Paddock Square® in The Villages® community on November 9. Each year, the event brings awareness to the necessary partnerships between our farmers and county residents. During the event, residents sampled local foods, shopped at the farmer’s market, and learned more about the agricultural commodities grown throughout the county.

Florida job outlook: 2019

The picture is – robust. In the past five years, Florida has added nearly a million jobs. The current economic expansion, which began in June 2009, is now entering its second decade, and Florida has never seen a job market like today’s.