From Bureau of Economic and Business Research
From Bureau of Economic and Business Research
|Labor Force Employed
|Labor Force Unemployed
||6.1% (Feb. 2013)
|Coleman Federal Prison
|Sumter District Schools
|Sumter Correctional Institute
|Sumter County Government
|Villages Regional Medical Center
|Lake Sumter Community College
|Sumter Electric Cooperative
|Natural Resources & Mining
|Trade, Transportation and Utilities
|Professional & Business Services
|Education & Health Services
|Leisure & Hospitality
|Average Annual Employment
||SR-44, SR-50, SR-471, Florida Turnpike
||Amtrak offers Thruway bus service at 1150 Paige Place, Spanish Springs Shuttle Station, in The Villages, providing daily connection at the Jacksonville and Lakeland train stations to the Silver Star which continues on to New York and Miami. This service is provided by Amtrak via Martz Transportation, and can be booked at Amtrak.com or 800-USA-RAIL. The Silver Star operates daily between New York and Miami via Orlando and Tampa.
|Nearest Airport with Scheduled Commercial Airline Service
||Orlando International Airport
|Longest Paved Runway
|General Aviation Airports
||Leesburg Regional, Ocala Municipal
|Local Deep Water Port
||Tampa Port Authority
|Miles to Closest Port
Sumter for Business
Launching and running a business in Sumter County has undeniable advantages. In addition to an idyllic lifestyle and pristine natural beauty, Sumter County offers abundant land, a ready workforce and these advantages:
Sumter County's transportation network is the road to success. Situated in the geographic center of Florida, Sumter County is referred to as the Crossroads of Central Florida. It is served by a wide variety of transportation routes, including I-75, the Florida Turnpike, US Hwy 301, and State Road 44. A major rail trunk also serves Sumter County.
This interconnected transport system means a seamless ride for people and products by air, sea, road and rail. No Sumter County business is more than 90 miles from a deepwater port or more than a 90-minute drive from a major commercial airport. More than 60% of the continental U.S. can be reached via overnight freight from any Sumter County location.
Sumter County Transit
Sumter County Transit provides residents with access to safe, professional, efficient, and cost-effective transportation services through Sumter County. For additional information or to arrange transportation to a particular destination, call (352) 568-6683 or visit Sumter County Transit's website.
Need a Ride to Work? Inquire about the Work Related Assistance Program (WRAP) designed to assist residents with a no cost transportation service for low income individuals to and from their place of employment. Transportation services, to and from childcare facilities, as part of their work trip anywhere within Sumter County are also included. Please visit the WRAP Site for additional information.
The Lake-Sumter MPO was established on Feb. 25, 2004, after the 2000 Census determined the Leesburg-Eustis Urbanized Area and the Lady Lake Urbanized Area each had exceeded a population of 50,000. The purpose of the MPO is to provide a forum for a coordinated, comprehensive and continual transportation planning process. This process is critical in providing a safe, effective and cost efficient transportation system. The Lake-Sumter MPO is responsible for the planning of several modes of transportation including highway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and paratransit.
Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) provides a forum for cooperative planning and decision making concerning transportation issues throughout the urbanized area of Lake and Sumter counties in Florida. As the lead agency for regional transportation planning, the MPO is responsible for the planning of several modes of transportation.
Sumter County's fully integrated workforce system ensures that most businesses will find a large pool of skilled and qualified workers available to fulfill most of their workplace needs. An estimated labor force of over 200,000 people resides within a 30-minute commute radius of Wildwood. This includes workers in nearby counties who have easy access to Sumter County jobs via the area's extensive highway network.
Florida's education system makes workforce readiness the top priority at every level. Lake-Sumter Community College and other training institutions are within a half-hour drive; urban amenities and coastal pleasures are never far away; and an excellent transportation network provides easy access.
Our medical community offers several excellent medical resources conveniently located throughout Sumter County. The following medical facilities are included among these:
- Thomas E. Langley Medical Center
1425 S US Hwy 301
Sumterville, FL 33585-5135
The center offers a full service medical clinic providing Dental Care, Primary Care, Diagnostic Imagining, Pediatrics and Urgent Care Walk-In Service.
- The Sumter County Health Department has two locations, one in Wildwood (352) 330-1313 and one in Bushnell (352) 793-2701 to better serve your needs.www.doh.state.fl.us/chdSumter/Index.htm
- The Villages Regional Hospital
1451 El Camino Real
The Villages, FL 32159
Central Florida Health Alliance operates a 198 bed, state of the art in-patient hospital located in The Villages. The facility consists of state-of-the-art surgical suites, a radiology department featuring filmless computer imaging, pharmacy, clinical laboratory and a full service emergency department along with the patient care units. The Villages Regional Hospital is home to one of the world’s first Philips Ambient Experience Catheter Labs designed to improve the experience during heart catheter procedures.
Promise Hospital of Florida at The Villages
5050 County Road #472
Oxford, FL 34484
This is Promise Healthcare’s newest and first hospital in the state of Florida. It received opened its doors to patients in September 2011. A six-month demonstration period where a limited number of patients will be admitted by referral ends in March 2012. Promise will provide comprehensive acute care services including medicine and nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, dialysis, and nutritional support.
2445 Lane Park Road
Tavares, FL 32778
Cornerstone provides “End of Life” Care to residents of Sumter County at two locations - one in The Villages and one in Sumterville.
Lazarus Free Medical Clinic
210 Wonders Street
Wildwood, FL 34785
Lazarus provides free medical care for the uninsured and individuals without access to medical care. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 4-8pm.
Several other facilities and physicians are located within 30 miles of Sumter County including nearby facilities in Leesburg and Citrus County. You’ll also find private practice physicians with specialties of all types throughout Sumter County.
The right combination of location and workforce diversity makes Florida a leader in international trade.
Florida's balanced approach meets todays energy demands with an eye on tomorrow's needs. Broadband networks reach almost every corner of Florida.
Competitive Business Climate
Sumter County is business friendly; we combine low taxes with a spirit of collaboration and a can-do attitude that promote business growth.
Quality of Life
The world's No. 1 travel destination is a great place to live, too. Sumter County residents enjoy a friendly hometown atmosphere with a historic flavor. This rapidly growing community remains committed to planned growth through development that offers a balance between a relaxed lifestyle and the more metropolitan attractions located within an easy drive in the nearby cities of Tampa and Orlando.
Rural cities like those in Sumter County are ready for business. Rural-based businesses may be eligible for incentives, tax credits and worker training programs. Wildwood, Bushnell, Coleman, and Webster all qualify for rural status.
Credits, Refunds, Incentives
Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund
Over a minimum of four years, pays at least $6,000 per job created in an Enterprise Zone or rural county.
Rural Job Tax Credit
A tax credit against sales and use or corporate income tax may be taken by eligible businesses for the creation of new jobs at a rate of $1,000 per job created.
Rural Infrastructure Fund
Grants made to local government on behalf of a business may fund up to 30% of the costs for public infrastructure upgrades.
Rural Community Development Revolving Loans
A loan or loan guaranty available for a specific project that will lead to new jobs and increase the economic vitality and diversification of Floridas rural counties.
Relocating to Wildwood
The City of Wildwood may offer special incentives for business/industry choosing to make this city their home. For additional information related to incentives, please contact the Sr. Projects Manager at 352-330-1330 ext. 112
Starting or Expanding Your Business in Florida?
Sumter County Economic Development Web Site
To provide the latest and most effective business assistance to Sumter County businesses and residents, Sumter County's economic development office has created a web site to provide access to the resources you need to help your business grow and prosper. While you're there take a moment to review the Sumter County Business Incentives adopted by the county.
Online Permitting Web Site
The Sumter County Planning & Development Department has a website that will allow you to search Parcels, Permits, Contractors, and Projects. You can also use their Online Permitting tool.
Florida Division of Corporations Sunbiz
From here you can search and access filed information for corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, trademarks, fictitious name registrations and liens. Images of most filed documents can be downloaded at no charge and to make the filing process easier, most filing forms can also be downloaded.