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Northern Turnpike Extension Options Proposed
Sumter County and the City of Wildwood submitted a joint letter in February to the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. The letter explained that both jurisdictions do not support the turnpike proceeding north of SR 44 while East of I-75, on the basis, that they want to reduce the adverse impact on the historic African-American Community of Royal. The pictures above are the alternative routes that Sumter County and the City of Wildwood are proposing. The Northern Turnpike Extension project is proposed to extend the Florida's Turnpike from the northern terminus in Wildwood to a logical and appropriate terminus further north, according to Florida Department of Transportation. The extension project's goal is to enhance regional connectivity, address regional congestion, accommodate increased travel demand, and improve hurricane evacuation.
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Did You Know?

  • According to UF/IFAS, for every $1 invested in agricultural research and extension there is a $20 return to the community.
  • More than 21,000 people commuted daily into Sumter County to work in 2019, according to United States Census Bureau's most recent report.
  • VisitFL's most recent report, noted, that tourists visiting Sumter County spent more than 390 million in 2019.
Broadband Speed Test Data Gathering
Sumter County is seeking community participation in order to populate the Broadband Availability Map that has been created by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Office of Broadband. Residents can conduct the speed test from anywhere in Sumter County on internet or cellular connected devices. By taking the speed test, you assist the county and state in creating a publically available map that shows the needs of various locations in the county.
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CareerSource Central Florida Seeks Business Participation
CareerSource Central Florida invites businesses to host summer interns for up to 5 weeks at no cost to the business. Students participating in CSCF’s Summer Youth Experience earn wages funded by CSCF and gain hands-on experience working in their field of interest. Inspire young professionals and cultivate growth for a thriving workforce. For more information and to register your business click below.
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English for Speakers of Other Language Classes
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are now offered at Sumter Adult and Community Education Center for a price of $30 per semester. The class will held Monday & Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 PM. The class will also be offered at Sumter Prep Academy Tuesday & Thursday from 5:00-8:00 PM.
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Featured Business

Eagle Roofing Products®, with a manufacturing plant in Sumterville, Florida, is a California-based, privately held, family-owned organization that has been in the concrete tile industry for over 40 years. Founded in 1989 with five employees, Eagle Roofing has grown to four manufacturing plants, seven design centers and a workforce of 500 employees, specializing in providing concrete tile roofing solutions for the building industry.

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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
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April 26th, 2022 begins at 7:00 PM

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