striving for growth together every day


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

letter from the board

A Message to Our Friends, Donors, and Supporters

Dear Friends, Stakeholders & Community Leaders,

Since its inception, 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. These accomplishments have significantly impacted the overall economic climate in Sumter County as well as serve as a best practice model for rural communities across the State.
While we have many successes to celebrate, there is still more work to be done in order to truly be considered a unified and sustainable community for future generations. Building on the momentum generated by One Sumter’s original Business Action Plan, our current GROW 2024 strategic plan continues to build upon previous accomplishments coupled with new priorities and opportunities to cultivate an inclusive and vibrant atmosphere for growth in Sumter County. GROW 2024 guides the organization, programming and operations over a five-year period by focusing on four key priority areas:
I. Economic & Community Development
II. Education & Workforce Development
III. Leadership Development & Regional Sustainability
IV. Entrepreneurship & Talent Development.
In preparation for the execution of GROW 2024, we enlisted new leadership to help build upon current collaboratives and forge new partnerships to rally around our community and the future prosperity of Sumter County. It is with the unwavering dedication and commitment from our public and private partners, key stakeholders and community leaders through which this plan is becoming a reality. We consider GROW 2024 a vital component to the success of our community. As always, we remain extremely grateful for your commitment to Sumter County and humbly request your continued support as we strive to create one community, one future, One Sumter.

With hope and excitement for the future,

Alex Saratsiotis
Chairman of the Board
One Sumter Economic Development Foundation, Inc.