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Industrial, Commercial Expansion To Bring Jobs, Tax diversity

Local job growth and tax diversification got a boost last week thanks to The Villages.

The Sumter County Commission approved a rezoning application that would allow up to 1.75 million square feet of industrial-commercial space on a 431-acre site within the county’s Florida Crossroads Industrial Activity Center south of Wildwood and east of Interstate 75.

Success in CareerSource Partnership

Primus Pipe and Tube, Inc. is a steel pipe manufacturer in Wildwood.  They have partnered with CareerSource Central Florida for recruitment and training assistance. The Primus and CSCF partnership has resulted in approximately 10+ confirmed hires, ranging from general labor to shipping clerks and inside sales, all of whom have been successful in completing their training and have remained employed to date.

The Villages® kick-starts new industrial corridor

The Villages just became the linchpin in a plan to bring about 20,000 new jobs to the area over the next 10 years.

The Sumter County Commission on Tuesday unanimously greenlighted the Developer’s plan for a 1.75 million-square-foot industrial park, a move that will ignite a growth corridor along 4,000 acres south of Wildwood, said Commission Chairman Al Butler.

Historic momentum reshaping Wildwood

Neighbors like Mary Scannell helped Wildwood achieve a historic milestone last year.

For the first time, this once sleepy Old Florida town exceeded $1 billion in taxable and market values, according to the 2018 tax roll the Sumter County Property Appraiser’s Office recently filed with the Florida Department of Revenue.

Road Plan Keeps Sumter, The Villages growth in step

Sumter County is paving the way for its next three decades of economic growth.

A 30-year road agreement signed by the Board of Sumter County Commissioners last week provides a road map of development coming to The Villages south of State Road 44.

Those long-term plans, combined with continual maintenance of existing roads, are ensuring traffic flows as smoothly and safely as possible, County Administrator Bradley Arnold said.

Strategic Planning for Small Business FSBDC at UCF-Sumter County No-cost seminars available August 28 and 30

The Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida (FSBDC at UCF), in partnership with the Sumter County Office of Economic Development, has established a sub-center in Sumter County to help local businesses grow and succeed. The center is housed in The Villages Sumter County Service Center, on the first floor in Suite 140, located at 7375 Powell Road, Wildwood, FL 34785. The direct phone number for The Florida SBDC Sumter Center is 352-689-4449.