Building a Brighter Future for Sumter County

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one sumter


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A catalyst for change and meaningful growth across Sumter County.

ignite career academy

Through our partnerships, One Sumter was instrumental in creating the Ignite College and Career Academy, an institution that prepares students for the workforce and successful careers.


Bringing Pineland’s quality fiber optic broadband expansion project, funded by a $25.3 million OPB grant, will significantly enhance internet access and connectivity covering 612 miles in rural Sumter County.

Rev. Pearly Brown Music Park

Slated to contain the region’s largest outdoor amphitheater, The Rev. Pearly Brown Music Park will become a vibrant hub for arts and music for generations to come.

Community development

Hosted the Gun Violence and Community Solutions Summit which aimed to unite the community, focus on tackling systemic issues, and identify and implement positive solutions to empower and protect our youth.

our impact

Since its inception in 2014, the One Sumter Economic Development Foundation, Inc. has dedicated itself to serving as a catalyst for change throughout Sumter County. By building community collaboratives to tackle issues such as workforce development, rural broadband infrastructure, public safety, economic development, and branding – One Sumter has been able to bridge together different sectors throughout the community to work toward a common goal.

our team

Alex Saratsiotis

One Sumter Board Chairman

Accelerated Physical Therapy

Lewis Webb

One Sumter Board Vice Chair

The DGR Group

Bill Harris, Jr.

One Sumter Board Treasurer

Café Campesino

Mary Beth Brownlee

One Sumter Board Secretary

Director of One Valdosta Lowndes

Dr. Alex Riccardi-Turner

One Sumter Board Member

Riccardi General Dentistry

Rene Smith

One Sumter Board Member

Sumter EMC President/CEO

Tammye Pettyjohn Jones

Director of Programs

One Sumter Economic Development Foundation


Support our work as we strive daily towards sustainable, longterm economic and community development.


A Word from the Executive Director

“I am driven by a profound sense of purpose and joy as I witness the successful transformation of Sumter County. Through passionately building community collaboratives and fearlessly tackling crucial issues, we unite diverse sectors and ignite a collective force towards creating sustainable and thriving societies.”

Alicia Ledbetter, LMSW

Executive Director, One Sumter Foundation