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A Duke Energy Site Readiness Study is underway on the
“Pike 75 Logistics Center” in Wildwood

Duke Energy and Sumter County Economic Development are partnering on a Site Readiness Study for the Pike 75 Industrial property to assess, improve, and increase awareness of the property.  The program includes an initial assessment of the site from the top national site selection consulting firm, McCallum Sweeney Consulting.  An RFI (Request for Information) and site visit were completed this month as part of the assessment process. McCallum Sweeney evaluated the quality of the RFI submittal and site visit, which will be included in a final report at the conclusion of the program in September. The final report will also include a detailed “buildable area” assessment and development of conceptual plans for the site by Heidt Design, a planning and engineering firm.
To date, 29 large projects have been won on sites evaluated through the Duke Energy Site Readiness Program, resulting in approximately 5,600 jobs and $6.3 Billion in capital investment. Many of the sites have been or are in process of being developed into active industrial parks. The program has been recognized by numerous economic development organizations and national publications including Site Selection Magazine and Area Development Magazine.


Manufacturers’ Roundtable Luncheon

Sumter County Economic Development partnered with Crevalle Boats to host the second Manufacturers’ Roundtable Luncheon and plant tour at their manufacturing facility in Wildwood. Save the date for the next quarterly luncheon on September 26th.

Building an Economy, One Entrepreneur at a Time

In the army of small business owners who are part of fueling the growing economy in The Villages® community, some of the strongest are marching on their own.

Reimbursable Gold Key / Business Matchmaking Grants Available

Through an initiative of the State of Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc., eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers can apply for a Matchmaking Grant to help them generate or increase export sales overseas.


Business Spotlight
Metal Industries, Inc

Metal Industries was established in 1947. The Bushnell Manufacturing Plant will celebrate 30 years in business as of October of this year. They provide the highest quality of air distribution products and air terminal units in the HVAC industry. The manufacturing plant in Bushnell currently employs over 135 employees, while the company as a whole employs over 550. Their commitment to quality and delivery is unmatched in the industry with an over 99% on-time delivery rate…for over a decade.

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Upcoming Events

Florida International Trade and Investment Conference

Orlando, FL
August 9, 2017


The 2017 Florida International Trade and Investment Conference (FITIC) will draw trade and influential business leaders to provide insight and direction for our state and your business. You will hear directly from industry leaders and connect with trade experts, economists, industry professionals to get breaking news on international market intelligence as well as on opportunities in foreign direct investment.

Global Procurement Opportunities

Orlando, FL
August 31, 2017


Is your business looking to connect with manufacturing companies from around the globe? Are you looking for new opportunities for your business? If so, then this event is just for you!

Sumter County Chamber Lunch Exchange

Eisenhower Recreation Center
The Villages
August 9, 2017


Join businesses in Sumter County on August 9th in the The Villages® for the opportunity to network and be educated. The Sumter County Chamber is here to provide the support you need, whether it is a helping hand, a leg up, or a shoulder to lean on, it is our mission to support our members in their quest for success. Register Here

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