The Villages, about an hour northwest of Orlando in central Florida, is home to about 135,000 people, many of them considered high-risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is challenging how individuals, families, businesses and societies operate. We will come out of this. In the meantime, we are polling interest and ability among restaurant operators to prepare meals for delivery to those in need. This would be a paid opportunity, not a donation.
This is a statewide project, and we are looking for interest to produce meals for 1) elders that have specific nutrition needs, 2) out-of-school students, and 3) those in need in the general population.
We’re adapting or delaying some of our operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public and make sure we get the same population counted another way.
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19.
A ribbon-cutting was held today at Spring Flow Avenue, a newly constructed road just east of the I-75 and SR 44 interchange in Wildwood. This project is an excellent example of how Sumter County Economic Development, in partnership with Sumter County Public Works, Sumter County Fire Services, the City of Wildwood and a private sector landowner can partner on projects that advance public safety, enhance infrastructure availability, and spur private development.
Less Than One Month Until U.S. Households Receive 2020 Census Invitations
Between March 12 and March 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country.
“The Census Bureau is ready for the nation to respond next month,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “Millions of Americans are applying for 2020 Census jobs, more than 270,000 local and national organizations are engaged, and in less than 30 days the majority of U.S. households will receive an invitation to respond to help ensure that every person in the U.S. is counted.”
Some of the economic development efforts included business retention and expansion assistance, business attraction, and facilitation of infrastructure improvements that contribute to improved public safety, business efficiency, and preservation of an outstanding quality of life in our community.
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.
A vital part of any economy or community is growing and thriving in Sumter County. The number of manufacturing companies in the county is increasing, as are production and jobs. Crevalle Boats, a boat manufacturing company in Wildwood, reached a major milestone in November by building its 500th boat.
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