In 2016, the Sumter County Development Authority revamped its Industry Appreciation Event and launched a series of Industry leader Tours targeted at getting business leaders and public officials in the doors of our manufacturing facilities and on the grounds of distribution and mining industries. Both of those initiatives are targeted at One Sumter’s goals of strengthening relationships among business and necessary decisions to support job growth, expansion and infrastructure improvements to enhance economic growth in Sumter County.
Also in 2016, the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce completely restructured its organization to reflect the mandated priorities from the business community through One Sumter’s Business Action Plan. The new Divisions of the Chamber, Business Development, Education, Governmental Affairs and Special Events, each represent stated priorities of the business community. One Sumter has been privileged to support the work of these Divisions through sponsorships and resource allocation, as they will continue to serve as the outreach to the beyond the initial five-year investment.
Early on, One Sumter recognized the need to established community-wide priorities for growth. Establishing the One Sumter Growth Task Force in 2016, over 20 community leaders from across Sumter County came together to focus on critical areas and challenges related growth and expansion in all five municipal areas. Looking at everything from transportation corridors, blueways and greenways for recreational use, industrial expansions, and housing development, the Growth Task Force completed an assessment designed to identify the essential priorities for growth in Sumter County.