making the community better, stronger, brighter
growing sumter county
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.
A catalyst for change and meaningful growth across Sumter County.
Economic & Community Development
Education & Workforce Development
Leadership Development & Regional Sustainability
The Rev. Pearly Brown Music Park
On the site of the former Habitat for Humanity Global Village, the One Sumter Economic Development Foundation is constructing a park that will feature a massive 35,000 sq. ft. amphitheater, making it one of the region’s largest, along with a dog park, children’s playground, and plenty of open space for all to enjoy.
Named after the legendary Reverend Pearly Brown, a blind guitarist and singer, the park will honor his musical legacy that transcended genres and influenced countless artists. We aspire for this park to become a vibrant hub for arts and music, shaping Americus for generations to come.
Ignite College and Career Academy
Opened in 2021 through a partnership with One Sumter and Sumter County Schools, South Georgia Technical College, Georgia Southwestern State University, the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, and the Sumter County Development Authority, Ignite College and Career Academy fuels the dreams and future career prospects for our high school students in Sumter County, Georgia. Ignite helps them assess their passions, determine career pathways that will enable them to turn passions into careers, and give them the skills they need either to start work upon graduation from high school or to get a head start on post-secondary studies.