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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.

2020 Census

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the @uscensusbureau to support the #2020Census! As a partner, we’ll be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented. To learn about the upcoming census, visit

Emsi Releases 2018 Talent Attraction Scorecard

Economic Modeling Services, Inc. has released it’s 2018 Talent Attraction Scorecard. Sumter County is mentioned positively for educational attainment and workforce growth in Generation Z and Millennials. Each year, Emsi analyzes all U.S. counties to see which ones attract talent the best. Rankings are based on how well counties draw new residents, grow jobs and skilled workers, and increase educational attainment.

Tops this Decade

The Villages® community is America’s fastest-growing hometown. From April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2018, the Census Bureau found the population of The Villages® community metropolitan statistical area grew from 93,420 to 128,754, an increase of 37.8%. The Villages® community growth rate for the time period was 10% higher than the second-place area, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which saw a 27.7% growth rate.

Brownwood® Paddock Square Booming

The expanding world of amenities around Brownwood® Paddock Square is about to take a huge leap forward. The Villages® community has announced plans to build four additional commercial buildings at the community’s third town center – the next phase of transforming the area into a regional attraction.

Investors Eagerly Await Trump Rules on Opportunity Zones

AVONDALE, Ariz. – A hotel groundbreaking ceremony here in an old cotton field not far from Interstate 10 last month featured two United States senators, a hot catered lunch and a stream of speeches about driving economic investment to this corner of the Southwest that is still recovering from the Great Recession.