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Sumter County Awarded $25,000 Grant for Economic Development Study of Beville’s Corner
The grant from Duke Energy will fund a data analysis and infrastructure assessment of a potential mixed-use commercial hub at the intersection of SR 471 and CR 48 known as Beville’s Corner. Extensive development is happening just north of the targeted location, and a timely assessment of the infrastructure needs will provide the road map for mixed-use development in that area. The grant will also help steer infrastructure upgrades that will help bring in tax revenue and job diversity by bringing business to the area.

Did You Know?

  • In 2021, Sumter County added 3,882 new single-family homes, a 39% increase year over year. The total number of building permits also increased 35% over the last three years to 20,141 in 2021. 
  • The Sumter County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved moving forward with a 9.1% property tax rate cut, the largest proposed cut in 15 years.
Opportunities for Businesses and Employees
September is Workforce Development Month in Florida. The state has a 2030 goal of being the best state in the nation for workforce education. CareerSource Central Florida has a variety of services available for local businesses. They also offer assistance to employees looking to advance their careers through education or certification enhancement opportunities.
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Sumter County School Board Approves Large Tax Cut
The Sumter County School Board recently approved the largest tax rate cut in over a decade. In a unanimous decision, the board cut the tax rate by nearly 11% and increased the budget by 2.1% over last year's budget.  
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The Jamaican Sorrel Plant Enters Production in Florida
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has partnered with a local winery to research the growing and harvesting of Jamaican Sorrel. This plant has significant commercial potential because of the variety of different uses and relative ease of growing. Jamaican Sorrel can be used to make jelly, tea, wine, and more. 
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Featured Business

Salty Boats, RJL., Inc., located in Wildwood Florida, has been operating in the marine industry for over 47 years. The company manufactures several product lines of boats including Stumpknocker™. For almost half a century, the Stumpnocker™ Boat has been helping sportsmen and their families get on the water. From flat bottom models for shallow water fishing (three- to six-inch approximate draft) to the semi-V series with eight-inch dead rise for skinny water fishing, Salty Boats offers a variety of fishing boats.

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Upcoming Webinars and Events
Florida SBDC at UCF
Offering a Variety of Business Trainings Online

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Mid Florida SCORE
Getting Started with QuickBooks
October 12th, 2022, begins at 6:00 PM

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