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The year for plants — “Greenery” is the official Pantone color for 2017!

Sumter County Economic Development exhibited at the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in Fort Lauderdale this month. In addition to the vast and beautiful array of tropical plants, we learned new trends that are emerging in the industry. It was a great opportunity to meet businesses looking to expand or relocate and see a few of our existing businesses at the show, including Brantley Nurseries, J. Berry Farms, Way Green Nursery, and Time Definite Services. We also promoted the growers and nurseries in Sumter County via our  Ag Alliance site to the plant brokers and retail representatives that visited the booth. We highly recommend this show to businesses in the plant industry!


Seasonal residents boost economy, spirits

Part-time homeowners and extended-stay visitors account for the large growth in the gross sales Sumter County businesses report every January through April to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Greening-tolerant citrus varieties gaining interest

Citrus greening disease remains an obstacle for Florida citrus growers, more than a decade after its devastating debut, and growers persist in finding ways to work around it.

Sumter County ranks among most paycheck friendly places in Florida

According to SmartAsset, Sumter County is ranked fourth among the most paycheck friendly places in Florida. The study is based on semi-monthly paychecks, purchasing power, unemployment rate, and income growth.


Business Spotlight
Brantley Nurseries

Brantley Nurseries was founded in 1984. Utilizing 75 acres in Center Hill and 45 acres at their new Bushnell location, they are now serving the southeastern United States with deliveries available in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Mississippi. They serve commercial landscape contractors by specializing in large quantities of popular cold-hearty varieties, but also serve landscaping garden centers and rewholesale nurseries throughout the southeast. Their product line consists of more than 250 plant varieties.

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Upcoming Events

Boots to Business Reboot

February 1 - 2, 2017
9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Sumter County Public Library
The Villages, Pinellas Plaza
Room 102


Boots to Business Reboot is a training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources. Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, Service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. This course is instructed by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors. Step two is an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. 

Governor Rick Scott's
2017 Jobs Summit

February 2 - 3, 2017
Orlando, FL


Top business leaders, economic developers, educators and community leaders will discuss ways to help shape the future of Florida's economy to create good, high-paying jobs for all Florida families.

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