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Tony Lopresto named Building Services Division Manager)
Tony Lopresto, Lake County’s former Building Services Supervisor, has been named the county’s new Building Services Division Manager.
May 04, 2017

Building Services Supervisor named president of state construction organization )
Lake County Building Services Supervisor/Deputy Building Official Tony Lopresto has been named the President of the Construction Licensing Officials Association of Florida.
February 17, 2017

Lake County to host the ‘Constructing a Better Lake County Summit’)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners’ Economic Growth Department is inviting the public to the “Constructing a Better Lake County Summit” on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 1-5 p.m. at the Clermont City Center, 620 W. Montrose St. in Clermont.
September 28, 2016

Lake County promotes new Planning & Zoning Manager )
Tim McClendon, a third generation planner with both county and city experience, has been promoted from Long Range Chief Planner to Planning & Zoning Manager.
September 02, 2016

Lake County Economic Development & Tourism hosts Capital Projects Funding Program learning session)
The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Division will host an application learning session for the tourism Capital Projects Funding Grant program at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at the Lake County Board of County Commissioners’ Board Chambers, located on the second floor of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
July 22, 2016

Lake County Senior Plans Examiner Fred Martin is named Plans Examiner of the Year )
Fred Martin, Senior Plans Examiner with the Lake County Economic Growth Department, has been named the statewide Plans Examiner of the Year. The honor was given June 8 in Clearwater during the Building Officials Association of Florida’s Annual Awards Program.
June 15, 2016

Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism coordinators connect businesses with resources)
Serving as conduits between Lake County government and local businesses, Lake County’s three Economic Development & Tourism coordinators are assigned by region, acting as a team to bridge business owners with the support services needed to reach their goals.
May 24, 2016

Operation Cleansweep now allowing agricultural businesses and government agencies to dispose of pesticides)
In conjunction with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging local agricultural establishments and government agencies to safely dispose of their cancelled, suspended and unusable pesticides.
April 11, 2016

Lake County announces 3rd Annual Partners for Success networking event)
Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Division is proudly sponsoring the 3rd Annual Partners for Success, alongside Lake-Sumter State College, Lake County Schools, Lake Technical College, and the Lake County Chamber Alliance, from 5- 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at Lake Receptions, 4425 N. U.S. Highway 19A, Mount Dora.
April 06, 2016

Governor approves funding in state budget for the Lake County Center for Advanced Manufacturing )
Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2016-2017 Florida First budget on Friday, with $2.8 million allotted for the completion of the Lake County Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) at Lake Technical College in Eustis.
March 21, 2016

Lake County announces Made in Lake County website)
Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Division, in partnership with the county’s Communications Department, has launched the new Made in Lake website (www.madeinlake.com), designed to assist and celebrate the companies that create products locally while providing jobs in the community.
March 08, 2016

Lake County Fire Rescue’s Lt. Shannon Bush named Officer of the Year for saving drowning toddler )
Lake County Fire Rescue Lt. Shannon Bush was named Fire Officer of the Year at two recent events honoring the fire service.
February 29, 2016

Lake County golf destinations honored by Golf Advisor, the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews)
Two Lake County golf courses have been awarded top honors on Golf Advisor’s “Best of Lists” based on several hundred thousand reviews by golfers, for golfers.
February 05, 2016

Class, webinars offered during ‘America Saves Week’ to help people build wealth)
As part of “America Saves Week,” Feb. 22 – 27, The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is offering in-person and online educational classes to help people build wealth instead of debt
February 04, 2016

Lake County Building Services offers workshop on swimming pool construction)
Lake County’s Building Services Division is hosting the “Swimming Pools and the Florida Building Code” workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
January 27, 2016

Shane Gerwig, Lake County Building Services Division Manager, appointed to Florida Building Commission)
Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed Lake County Building Services Division Manager Shane Gerwig to the Florida Building Commission, a 26-member technical body responsible for the development, maintenance and interpretation of the Florida Building Code through a consensus-building process. Gerwig will fill a previously vacant seat for a term ending Jan. 15, 2019.
December 22, 2015

Adjusted building impact fee for education goes into effect Jan. 11, 2016)
Adjusted building impact fee for education goes into effect Jan. 11, 2016
December 14, 2015

Lake County Arts & Cultural Alliance to be part of national economic impact study)
The Lake County Arts & Cultural Alliance (LCACA) has announced its participation in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.
December 08, 2015

Lake County Building Services to offer workshop on proper set up of manufactured homes)
The Lake County Building Services Division is hosting a “Manufactured Home Set Up” workshop from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
November 24, 2015

Lake County to present its State of the County program on Tuesday, Dec. 1 )
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will present its State of the County at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the County Commission Chambers of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
November 16, 2015

Lake County Workforce Taskforce hosts Generation Y, Z expert)
The newly formed Lake County Workforce Taskforce, spearheaded by the Lake County Economic Growth Department, will host Mark C. Perna, workforce development expert, during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Lake Technical College’s Institute of Public Safety, 1565 Lane Park Cut-Off, Tavares.
September 28, 2015

Northeast Lake County Business Opportunity Center relocates to Mount Dora )
The Northeast Lake County Business Opportunity Center (BOC) in Eustis, managed by Lake-Sumter State College, and home to the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at UCF in Lake County, is moving this week.
August 26, 2015

Commissioner Parks’ ‘Coffee and Conversations’ to be hosted in Clermont on May 1)
Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks and School Board Member Marc Dodd together are hosting Coffee and Conversations, casual public outreach meeting hosted on the first Friday of each month throughout South Lake County where residents may speak one-on-one with elected officials representing the district.
April 24, 2015

Job seekers, manufacturing businesses invited to career fair)
Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Division is teaming up with CareerSource Central Florida, Valencia College and the Manufactures Association of Central Florida to host the Florida Manufacturing Career Fair on Thursday, April 23 at the Lake Square Mall, 10401 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg.
April 08, 2015

Lake County to host learning session on tourism Capital Projects Funding)
The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Division will host an application learning session for the tourism Capital Projects Funding Program at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
April 06, 2015

Lake County heightens focus on business development with creation of new Economic Growth Department)
Lake County Manager David Heath, announced this week the creation of the new Economic Growth Department, which combines the functions of the former departments of Growth Management and Economic Development & Tourism.
February 27, 2015

Lake County joins Leesburg in welcoming Coreslab to the new 470 Commerce Park)
The city of Leesburg, with the support of Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism team, recently signed an agreement with Coreslab, a concrete product company, to expand and move its manufacturing facility from Orlando to Lake County. The company is purchasing 75 acres between County Road 470 and Florida’s Turnpike to develop a state-of-the-art facility that will employ 55 people, with the capacity to expand to a workforce of 100.
February 20, 2015

Lake County Commissioners help cut the ribbon on QuietFlex expansion)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department, cut the ribbon today on a $1.5 million dollar expansion of QuietFlex, a HVAC duct-manufacturing company in South Lake County.
February 11, 2015

Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers offer free classes to local business owners )
Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers (BOCs), hosted by experts with the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF in Lake County, offer full-service business support to all businesses in Lake County, regardless of size, industry or business cycle.
February 05, 2015

Economic Development & Tourism Department adds to its level of service with Director’s new designation)
Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Director, Robert Chandler, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition for the mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
January 30, 2015

Businesses invited to ‘Tourism Forum’ in Clermont )
The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department is inviting tourism-related business to attend an upcoming event, “Lake County Tourism Forum: A Tourism Business Meet and Greet” from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at The Clermont City Center, 685 W. Montrose St., Clermont.
January 12, 2015

New year, new team: Lake County Economic Development coordinators provide proven results)
Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism (EDT) Department is hitting the ground running in the new year with the addition of its northeast coordinator, Erika Greene, who covers the business community from Astor to Mount Dora.
December 31, 2014

Lake County to host second ‘Partners for Success’ event in Clermont)
Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department is hosting its second Partners for Success event from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the new Clermont Arts & Recreation Center, located at 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27.
November 12, 2014

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing breaks ground )
Lake County Commissioners Leslie Campione, Sean Parks and Timothy Sullivan helped break ground today on the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) at Lake Technical College in Eustis.
October 30, 2014

South Lake Chamber announces new Technology Committee)
With support from the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department, the South Lake Chamber Technology Committee was recently formed with the goal of promoting the region as a viable location for Central Florida’s booming technology industry.
October 22, 2014

Center for Advanced Manufacturing to break ground on Oct. 30 )
In partnership with Lake County, the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) at Lake Technical College will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Lake Tech, 2001 Kurt St., Eustis
October 15, 2014

Umatilla-based Electron Machine takes big honors at metro-Orlando area tech awards )
Umatilla-based Electron Machine Corporation was recently named the Lake County Regional Innovator during the 24th Annual Schwartz Tech Awards, hosted by the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC), the Orlando Tech Association and Florida High Tech Corridor Council.
October 14, 2014

Lake County’s skilled manufacturing workforce creates a variety of products )
Lake County’s 7,678 manufacturing employees produce a large variety of goods including specialized tools, communications equipment, and aerospace, medical and automotive products.
October 13, 2014

Hunt Industrial Park to expand; attract hundreds of jobs to Groveland)
Hunt Industrial Park, Lake County’s largest flexible use industrial complex consisting of commercial, industrial, retail, warehouse and manufacturing space, is expanding.
October 06, 2014

By air and by sea, Lake County recognizes local businesses during Manufacturing Month )
From the makers of seaplanes to fishing boat builders, Lake County has a vast array of businesses creating one-of-a-kind products widely used right here at home as well as exported globally.
October 06, 2014

Lake County recognizes local businesses during October, Manufacturing Month)
Manufacturers in Florida employ 4 percent of the workforce, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Boasting more than 300 manufacturing businesses, Lake County’s manufacturing workforce is above the state average, totaling 7 percent.
September 30, 2014

Lake County to host a learning session on tourism Capital Projects Funding)
The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department will host an application learning session for the tourism Capital Projects Funding Program.
September 05, 2014

Lake County businesses encouraged to apply for GrowFL mentoring scholarship)
GrowFL, an economic development program created by the Florida legislature, is offering one Lake County business a scholarship to its Economic Gardening Institute, which is considered a critical component to Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
August 28, 2014

Local manufacturer honored for volunteer work )
Greg Schultz, CEO of G.W. Schultz in Tavares, received the Richard L. McLaughlin Volunteer of the Year award during the 2014 Florida Economic Development Conference in Tampa. The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) honored nine volunteers including Schultz for their contributions to economic development in Florida. Schultz helped lead the private sector push for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Lake Technical College (Lake Tech), in partnership with Lake County. The center, set to open this fall, will train Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinists, welders and fabricators and is set to be one of the premiere workforce training facilities in Central Florida.
June 24, 2014

City of Clermont unveils the Clermont Arts & Recreation Center)
The city of Clermont unveiled its new $6.3-million Clermont Arts & Recreation Center on Friday, June 6. The ribbon cutting ceremony was the public’s first opportunity to tour the 69,000-square-foot hilltop facility located at 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont.
June 09, 2014

Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex opens July 5 )
Volleyball enthusiasts and the general public are invited to the grand opening of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball’s Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex on July 5 at 27341 State Road 19, Tavares. The event will feature adult and junior tournaments, competitive and recreational teams, food trucks, music, family entertainment and more.
June 09, 2014

The Enterprise Zone Development Agency meeting has been canceled)
The Enterprise Zone Development Agency meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, June 9 has been canceled.
June 06, 2014

Visitors get chance to win prizes at Tourism Expo)
Visitors of the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department’s Tourism Expo may go home with more than just a better understanding of the businesses, events and attractions Lake County has to offer. Tourism-related businesses will also be offering prizes and giveaways to attendees of the expo, which will be held from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at Lake-Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.
June 05, 2014

Public welcome at the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department’s Tourism Expo)
The public is invited to the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department’s Tourism Expo, to be held from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at Lake-Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg. The Tourism Expo aims to showcase Lake County as ‘Real Florida. Real Close.’ by highlighting the county’s tourism-related businesses, attractions and events.
May 09, 2014

Partners to hold groundbreaking ceremony on Lake County’s sand volleyball complex)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Water Authority and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball are inviting the public to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at 27341 State Road 19, Tavares.
April 25, 2014

‘Partners for Success’ networking event brings together businesses and the future workforce )
The inaugural “Partners for Success” networking event, which seeks to connect business leaders with the future workforce, will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at the Lake-Sumter State College gymnasium, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg
April 14, 2014

Lake County paves the way for premier 20-court sand volleyball complex )
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved an agreement on April 8 that would allow The Florida Region of USA Volleyball to begin construction on the Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex, set to open the weekend of July 4.
April 11, 2014

Lake Tech students show off welding skills during regional competition )
Lake Tech welding student Mario Sozzani may have been born deaf, but he says welding is a universal language. It’s a language he and fellow student Allan Ucci are fluent in, having both won medals in the recent Regional Skills USA Welding Competition.
April 02, 2014

The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department to host Tourism Expo)
Lake County recently unveiled its new slogan, “Real Florida. Real Close.” and to showcase the area as a tourism destination, The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department is hosting its first Tourism Expo from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at Lake Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.
March 28, 2014

Lake County BOCs foster local business success)
Clermont business owner Gary Gamache wanted some extra cash flow to get his company, American Backflow Testing, Inc., running more efficiently. His goal was to obtain a $50,000 line of credit, so Gamache sought help from one of Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, which offers training, consulting and incubation services for businesses starting up or expanding.
March 04, 2014

Clermont clinic is global leader in robotic microsurgery )
People may not think of Lake County as a destination for medical tourism, but the PUR Clinic at South Lake Hospital is changing that perception. On a weekly basis, half a dozen patients from as far away as Australia and Cyprus visit the state-of-the art Clermont facility seeking the highly specialized treatments Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Dr. Sijo Parekattil provide.
March 03, 2014

Lake County EDT, Orlando EDC ask: ‘What’s the other half?’)
TAVARES — Seeking to bring attention to strengths beyond tourism and hospitality, the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) recently launched a new business brand for Central Florida, “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” Lake County’s new “Real Florida. Real Close” branding campaign ties in perfectly to this regional marketing initiative.
March 03, 2014

Astor Area Chamber of Commerce presents the ‘Astor Happy Crappie Fishing Tournament’)
The Astor Area Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are hosting the inaugural “Astor Happy Crappie Fishing Tournament” on Saturday, March 15 at Powell’s Campground, 25716 Powell Drive, Astor.
February 25, 2014

Umatilla Chamber presents SportsFest & Jam)
The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce presents its first North Lake SportsFest & Jam March 28 – 30 at North Lake Park, 40730 Roger Giles Road, Umatilla.
February 25, 2014

Lake County entrepreneurs tour manufacturing facility with hopes of streamlining business )
When entrepreneurs Dave and Shannon Hidalgo decided to streamline the process of sealing their eco-friendly Green Light Fire Bags, they reached out to Paul Simmons, Lake County Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator.
February 20, 2014

Commissioners help cut the ribbon on neurological facility ‘NeuLife’ in Mount Dora )
Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Conner and Commissioner Leslie Campione joined officials from BB&T, the city of Mount Dora and Neulife on Feb. 5 to cut the ribbon on NeuLife, a neurological residential rehabilitation center.
February 07, 2014

CaptiveAire manufacturing company opens facility in Groveland)
CaptiveAire Systems, the nation's leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation equipment, chose Lake County as the home for its sixth and newest state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
January 27, 2014

Business Opportunity Centers help local entrepreneurs achieve their dreams)
How did Ray and Karen Levy obtain a business loan commitment in just two days and amass $750 million in total sales since the inception of their business? For the answer, look no further than the Lake County Business Opportunity Center (BOC) that helped the married couple last December during the process to buy their dream business, Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty in Mount Dora.
January 21, 2014

Learn the basics of operating a small business at upcoming SBDC seminars)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County is offering seminars to help entrepreneurs kickstart their start-ups.
January 10, 2014

Lake Legislative Days gives business leaders, local officials a chance to meet with legislative delegation)
The Chamber Alliance of Lake County is encouraging business leaders and local elected officials to attend its annual Lake Legislative Days on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the State Capitol Building in Tallahassee.
December 27, 2013

3 years of NCAA Golf Championships coming to Lake County beginning in 2016)
The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) recently announced that Lake County has been chosen to host the 2016 Division II Men’s Golf Regional Championship, the 2017 Division III Men’s Golf Championship and the 2018 Division III Women’s Golf Championship. All three events will be held at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills.
December 13, 2013

Have hidden treasures? History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ is heading to Florida)
The History Channel’s hit television series “American Pickers” is planning to begin filming its seventh season, and is headed to Florida to look for locations to feature.
December 09, 2013

Find out what websites and social media do for businesses at upcoming SBDC seminar)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Central Florida (UCF)-Lake County is offering an upcoming seminar to help businesses learn about social media and how to use it to help promote a business. The “What is Social Media about…Really?” seminar will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake-Sumter State College, 9909 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.
November 14, 2013

Learn to market a business to government agencies at upcoming SBDC seminar)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County is offering an upcoming seminar to help businesses learn how to sell their products and services to all levels of government. The “Marketing to Government Agencies” seminar will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the North Lake Business Opportunity Center, 1520 S. Bay St., Eustis.
November 08, 2013

Deadline extended for clothing donations to benefit Goodwill Industries of Central Florida)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is extending the deadline for its clothing donation drive to support Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. Donations will now be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
October 31, 2013

SBDC to offer seminar on the basics of marketing)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County will offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn some basics of marketing at a free seminar entitled, “Basic Marketing.”
October 25, 2013

Learn to market a business to government agencies at upcoming SBDC seminar)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County is offering an upcoming seminar to help businesses learn how to sell their products and services to all levels of government. The “Marketing to Government Agencies” seminar will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the South Lake Business Opportunity Center, 20763 U.S. Highway 27, Groveland.
October 22, 2013

SBDC to offer ‘Start up Basics’ seminar for entrepreneurs)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, will offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business at a free seminar entitled, “Start-Up Basics.” The free seminar is being offered on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake-Sumter State College’s North Lake Campus, 9909 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.
October 21, 2013

County to host clothing drive to benefit Goodwill Industries of Central Florida)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is asking residents to help support Goodwill Industries of Central Florida by giving clothes during a donation drive being held Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Nov. 4 at the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
October 17, 2013

New group to promote technology entrepreneurship by brainstorming and sharing ideas)
A new technology-based group, the AbacusTech Entrepreneurs (ATE), is inviting local residents who are interested in learning and sharing ideas about creating high-tech products and businesses, to their inaugural meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Northeast Lake Business Opportunity Center, 1520 S. Bay St., Eustis.
September 09, 2013

Lake County to host a learning session on Tourism Capital Projects Funding)
The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department will host an application learning session for the Capital Projects Funding Program from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Lake County Agricultural Education Center’s auditorium, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
August 30, 2013

South Lake company wins award for its innovation, community service, fast growth)
Vista Clinical Diagnostics has been selected to receive a William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award by the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC). This award honors local businesses that have demonstrated their innovation in products and services, processes, technologies, partnerships or business operations.
August 29, 2013

Lake County’s Community Resource & Career Fair to offer counseling, personal development services)
The Lake County Probation Services Division, in cooperation with Partners Investing in People and the Goodwill Job Connection Center, will host a Community Resource and Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at the Venetian Gardens’ Community Building, 201 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg. The free event brings together more than 50 agencies to aid disadvantaged citizens seeking self- improvement opportunities, as well as their family members and the community at-large.
August 21, 2013

Metro Orlando EDC gets firsthand view of Lake County businesses, development potential)
Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department showcased the county’s potential for future business development during an immersion tour and reception provided to representatives from the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) on July 29 and 30. The tour featured stops at some of Lake County’s existing businesses, and highlighted areas around the county that are available for businesses looking to relocate to Central Florida.
August 16, 2013

County wins 7 FFEA awards for 2nd Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival promotional materials)
The Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA) presented the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department with seven SUNsational awards for promotional materials for the 2nd Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival during the association’s 19th Annual Convention and Trade Show on Aug. 1 in Bonita Springs.
August 08, 2013

Business Opportunity Centers to host program to assist with marketing to government agencies)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering three sessions of a class to help business owners increase revenue by marketing to the government.
August 06, 2013

Lake County business owners can benefit from the SBDC’s ‘Start-Up Basics’ course)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, will offer another opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business at a free seminar entitled, “Start-Up Basics.”
August 02, 2013

Public input being sought at upcoming workshop for Lake County Wellness Way Sector Plan)
Lake County is hosting a public workshop for a planning area in South Lake known as Wellness Way, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Clermont Community Center, 620 W. Montrose St., Clermont. Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided by the city of Clermont.
July 11, 2013

Lake County now offers online services for commercial, industrial permitting)
The Lake County Growth Management Department recently introduced the ability to apply for commercial and industrial permits online through the county website at www.lakecountyfl.gov/growthmanagement. The new feature makes it easier for contractors and developers to obtain these permits remotely.
July 10, 2013

Nominations being sought for prestigious Orlando-metro-area award)
The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) is seeking nominations for its William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award. This award honors local businesses that have demonstrated their innovation in products and services, processes, technologies, partnerships or business operations.
July 05, 2013

Business Opportunity Centers to host programs to assist with government procurement)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering classes to help business owners understand the process of selling to the government.
June 19, 2013

SBDC’s ‘Business Plan Writing Made Easy’ class to assist entrepreneurs)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering a hands-on seminar intended to help entrepreneurs and business owners compose successful business plans.
June 13, 2013

Lake County to host 2 learning sessions on Tourism Capital Projects Funding)
The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department will host two application learning sessions for the Capital Projects Funding Program. Both sessions will take place at the Lake County Agricultural Education Center’s auditorium, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. The session dates are from 2 to 4 p.m. June 24, or 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 9.
June 12, 2013

Companies seeking to fill hundreds of positions at South Lake Job Fair)
Job-seekers in south Lake County will get a special opportunity to meet face-to-face with prospective employers offering a variety of jobs from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at the Clermont Community Center, 620 Montrose St., downtown Clermont.
June 04, 2013

SBDC’s ‘Start-Up Basics’ course continues to serve Lake County business owners)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, again will offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business at a free seminar entitled, “Start-Up Basics.”
May 23, 2013

Duke Energy’s selection of local industrial site expected to benefit Lake County economy)
Duke Energy has finished the last step of the process in the Duke Energy Site Readiness Program for Lake County’s Florida Energy and Aerospace Technology (FEAT) Park, which in turn will advance the site for further development opportunities by businesses.
May 22, 2013

SBDC classes to help Lake County businesses become state-certified, sell to government )
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering two programs to help businesses become certified vendors, and also understand the process of selling to all levels of government.
May 10, 2013

Lake County sponsoring ‘BlueZberry Festival’ to celebrate agricultural ‘roots’)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring The BlueZberry Festival, a one-day event that will feature a variety of agricultural-based vendors. The event, hosted by the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, May 18 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452, Eustis. Admission is $5 and children 12 and younger will have free admission.
May 10, 2013

SBDC’s ‘Business Plan Writing Made Easy’ class to assist entrepreneurs)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering a hands-on seminar intended to help entrepreneurs and business owners compose successful business plans.
March 01, 2013

Lake County to accept applications until March 18 for Tourism Capital Projects Funding)
The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department has set application deadlines, preliminary hearing dates for applications, and a learning session for the Capital Projects Funding Program.
February 22, 2013

3 free online seminars to help residents improve money-management skills, increase savings)
As part of “America Saves Week,” which is from Feb. 25 through March 2, the UF/Lake County Extension is offering three online seminars to help residents sharpen their skills at managing money and increase savings. The theme this year is, “Set a goal. Make a plan. Save automatically.”
February 22, 2013

SBDC once again offering ‘Start-Up Basics’ course by popular demand)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, once again will offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business at a free seminar entitled, “Start-Up Basics.”
February 08, 2013

Lake County Extension to have ‘Cooking with Winter Herbs’ classes)
The “Cooking with Winter Herbs” program from UF/IFAS Lake County Extension includes hands-on food preparation using cool season herbs in a variety of healthy dishes.
February 08, 2013

John Mica, Daniel Webster, others to present at Regional Summit for eco-tourism initiatives)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will host a Regional Summit on Land Issues Impacting the North Shore of Lake Apopka from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 E. Baker St., downtown Mount Dora. U.S. Reps. John Mica [R-FL7], Daniel Webster [R-FL10], and state Sen. Alan Hays will speak at the event.
February 07, 2013

Long & Scott Farms invites community to celebrate 50 years of farming)
Long & Scott Farms is celebrating 50 years of farming this year, and wants to thank those who have supported the company through the years, as well as welcome new friends. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 16 at Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora.
February 06, 2013

Commissioners’ next budget workshop to focus on guidelines, county-maintained facilities)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will have their next budget workshop at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Board Chambers, on the second floor of the Lake County Administrative Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares. Residents and business owners are welcome to attend the workshop as officials discuss budget guidelines and county-maintained facilities.
February 01, 2013

9th Annual African-American Heritage Festival to ‘honor the past, celebrate the future’)
Gospel choirs, arts and crafts, praise dancers, health screenings, and historical and cultural education are just a few of the highlights the 9th Annual African-American Heritage Festival will bring to Lake County. The theme of this year’s festival is “Honoring the past, celebrating the future.”
January 31, 2013

Montverde’s Mike Potempa named state high school soccer coach of the year)
Mike Potempa, who has been Montverde Academy’s boys’ soccer coach and the school’s athletic director since 2010, has been honored as the state’s boys’ soccer coach of the year by the National Federation of High School Associations. Potempa has not lost since he became the head of the program.
January 23, 2013

County offices, libraries, LakeXpress to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 22.
January 18, 2013

SBDC to offer free seminar entitled ‘Startup Basics’)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, will be offering in January an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business at a free seminar entitled, “Startup Basics.”
January 03, 2013

FFEA to host sponsorship and social media workshop in Leesburg for event and tourism industry)
The Florida Festival and Events Association (FFEA) will host a workshop for event planners focused on increasing event revenues through sponsorships and social media. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leesburg Center for the Arts, located at 429 W. Magnolia St. in Leesburg.
December 19, 2012

First Green Bank receives coveted LEED Platinum Certification)
First Green Bank’s headquarters, located at 18251 U.S. Highway 441 in Mount Dora, recently received notification that its environmentally engineered building received the U.S. Green Building Council’s prized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.
December 19, 2012

Lake County Government offices close for Christmas, New Year’s holidays)
All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector and Property Appraiser will close Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 to observe the Christmas holiday. The offices will also close on Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday, with the exception of the Tax Collector’s Office, which will remain open on Dec. 31.
December 19, 2012

Have hidden treasures? History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ is heading to Florida)
The History Channel’s hit television series “American Pickers” is planning to begin filming its fifth season and is looking for locations in Florida to feature.
November 30, 2012

Lake County Government offices to close Monday for Veterans Day)
All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be closed Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day.
November 09, 2012

Economic Development & Tourism Director receives Community Service Award)
Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Director, Scott Blankenship, was recently awarded the 2012 Community Service Award from the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce in the Leadership category during its recently held annual Community Service Awards ceremony. The chamber noted that the Leadership award is given to individuals whose guidance and leadership has impacted Lake County.
November 02, 2012

Public invited to kick-off meeting for South Lake Sector Plan)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is inviting the community to an upcoming meeting to discuss the County’s South Lake Sector Plan.
October 19, 2012

Site visits help County’s Economic Development team reach local business community)
Calling all local business owners and decision makers. The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department wants to pay local companies a visit to make formal introductions, and to provide information on assistance the department can offer, including incentives that could be available.
October 02, 2012

Official grand-opening events set for Lake County’s two newest Business Opportunity Centers)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners’ Office of Economic Development & Tourism is inviting the public to attend the official grand-opening celebrations for Lake County’s two newest Business Opportunity Centers (BOCs).
September 13, 2012

Beacon College expansion gets underway in Leesburg)
As part of campus expansion efforts, Beacon College recently set the wheels in motion for the construction of a new $2.3 million facility, as it broke ground in Leesburg.
August 14, 2012

Lake County Economic Development reminds community of upcoming “A Year in Review” events)
TAVARES – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is reminding residents to make plans to attend one three upcoming events, entitled “A Year in Review,” which will re-cap the County’s economic development achievements over the past year, as well as highlight future initiatives that are on the horizon. The scheduled meetings are as follows:
June 05, 2012

Lake County Economic Development paving the way for growth with business incentive programs)
With economic and job development taking center stage across the country, the Lake County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is doing its part to boost local business growth.
April 16, 2012

Sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and volunteers invited to participate in Wings and Wildflowers Festival Sept. 28-30)
The Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism is seeking sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and volunteers for the inaugural birding and wildflower festival, “Wings and Wildflowers,” to be held on Sept. 28-30 at Hickory Point Park in Tavares.
March 29, 2012

Lake County business hosts demonstration for prominent aviation companies at Tavares facility)
G&T Conveyor Company, located at 476 Southridge Industrial Drive in Tavares, in conjunction with its sister company Ameribridge, recently hosted the demonstration of a new method of baggage handling, created to help combat the challenge of moving overflow carry-on bags to and from the bridges of airplanes
March 23, 2012

Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism connecting with local businesses)
As part of a new initiative aimed at enhancing relations with local businesses, the Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism is encouraging local businesses to schedule site visits in an effort to facilitate effective solutions to the challenges they face when doing business.
March 20, 2012

Lake County premiere golf course tees up for prosperous year)
Black Bear Club LLC, operator of Black Bear Golf Club, located at 24505 Caluso Blvd. in Eustis, recently reported record financial gains for the 2011 fiscal year. The company’s revenue increased 40 percent over the same period in 2010.
March 05, 2012

South Lake leaders discuss economic and business growth and water issues in South Lake County)
On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, elected officials and staff representing the south Lake cities of Clermont, Minneola, Groveland, Mascotte, and Montverde, along with Lake County, the Lake County Water Authority, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the south Lake Chamber of Commerce, met with Hans Tanzler, the new Executive Director of the St. Johns River Water Management District, and key members of his staff at Lake-Sumter Community College’s Clermont campus.
February 14, 2012

New initiative by County Manager spurs departments to become certified as “Business Friendly”)
A new initiative was unveiled by County Manager Darren Gray at a recent leadership retreat, that urges all county departments to take necessary steps to become certified as “business friendly”.
February 06, 2012

First Green Bank to open its new headquarters in Lake County )
First Green Bank will host the official grand opening for its new headquarters in Mount Dora on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Built in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification guidelines, this state of the art facility is largely considered to be an environmental engineering marvel.
February 03, 2012

Lake County welcomes newly opened full-service medical clinic in Astor)
The Astor Medical Care & General Practice Clinic, a new medical practice owned and operated by Dr. Chet Anthony, recently celebrated its grand opening at 24239 State Road 40 in Astor. The new, completely computerized facility, is the first full-service medical clinic to open in Astor and offers a full range of general practice and medical care services.
January 18, 2012

State approves Lake County’s Enterprise Zone)
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity completed its review of Lake County’s proposed Enterprise Zone, and in a letter to county chairman Leslie Campione, gave its approval.
January 05, 2012

Local Building Officials Complete Energy Training at Lake-Sumter Community College)
A delegation of Lake County building management officials recently completed six days of advanced facilities operations training at Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC). The program was part of their certification process under the International Facilities Management Association’s (IFMA) Sustainability Facilities Professional (SFP) program, and was provided by LSCC under its current partnership with Lake County on the County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) project.
December 07, 2011

Lake County company G&T Conveyor completes major project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport)
G&T Conveyor Company, America’s largest manufacturer of turn-key baggage handling systems located in Tavares recently announced the completion of a major upgrade to 22nd largest airport that serves more than 22 million passengers annually - the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
November 18, 2011

Expert speakers and action-packed agenda planned for First Annual Economic Development Summit)
The agenda for Lake County’s First Annual Economic Development Summit will feature nationally renowned speakers and an action-packed agenda to include best practices in workforce development, economic development, site selection and strategic planning.
October 28, 2011

Lake County welcomes U.S. Men’s U17 National Soccer teams)
Lake County will host the U.S. Men’s Under 17 (U17) National Soccer team as they play an exhibition game with the Florida Rush Nike U17 team at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the National Training Center (NTC) Athletic Fields, located at 1099 Citrus Tower Blvd., Clermont.
October 14, 2011

Lake County to host First Annual Economic Development Summit)
The Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism will be hosting the First Annual Economic Development Summit on Monday, Nov. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mission Inn Resort & Club, located at 10400 County Road 48, Howey-in-the-Hills.
October 14, 2011

Successful GO GREEN GET GREEN rebate program to end Sept. 26)
Lake County announced today an end date for the highly successful GO GREEN GET GREEN rebate program. Because of the overwhelming response received for the program, funding used to reimburse Lake County residents and business owners for completing energy efficiency upgrades is rapidly depleting. All rebate applications must be received no later than 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 in order to be considered for the program.
September 20, 2011

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: New Economic Development team ready to support local businesses and tourism)
The newly formed Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism announced in July a plan to implement a regional approach to economic development in the County. The plan calls for a team of economic development and tourism coordinators to support three micro-regions within the County located in the northeast, northwest and southern regions.
September 19, 2011

County announces new online tool for obtaining single-family residential permits)
This week, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners announced a new user-friendly tool that allows residents and contractors to obtain a single-family residential permit on its website at www.lakecountyfl.gov.
September 16, 2011

Lake County to host Florida Water Star Accredited Professional training for landscape, irrigation professionals)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is offering landscape and irrigation professionals an opportunity to attend training and complete an exam to become a Florida Water Star Accredited Professional. The training will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exam will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Both the training and exam will be at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
September 15, 2011

Lake County congratulates City of Tavares and WattNext, Inc. on Industry Innovation Award)
The City of Tavares and WattNext, Inc. were presented with a prestigious William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award by the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) at its annual awards luncheon ceremony held on Sept. 14 in Orlando, Fla.
September 15, 2011

County congratulates THAT! Company on being ranked as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies)
THAT! Company, an advertising and search engine optimization (SEO) firm headquartered in Leesburg, Fla., was recently named by Inc. magazine as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. THAT! Company was ranked number 183 out of 500 in the publication’s 30th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, also known as the Inc. 500.
August 26, 2011

CANCELLED: Joint meeting between School Board, County Commission scheduled for July 19)
The joint meeting between the Lake County Commissioners and the Lake County School Board scheduled for Tuesday, July 19 at Lake Minneola High School has been postponed.
July 19, 2011

Joint workshop between County Commission and School Board to be held July 19 in Minneola)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners and Lake County School Board will hold a joint workshop on Tuesday, July 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lake Minneola High School, located at 101 N. Hancock Road.
July 11, 2011

Lake County explores potential for a South Lake Business Incubator)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is currently in the process of reviewing site locations in South Lake County to expand its successful business incubator program to that area of the County. Partnerships are also being sought to help with the establishment of the program.
May 11, 2011

Lake-Sumter Community College Offering Environmental Protection Agency Lead Safety Training on May 11)
Lake-Sumter Community College is offering a one-day EPA-approved training program covering lead safety for contractors in Lake County. The program, presented by Deland-based McNeal & White’s Institute of Envelope Science, is May 11, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., on LSCC’s Leesburg Campus.
May 09, 2011

Joint meeting with Commissioners and School Board to focus on education and workforce)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners and School Board will be holding a joint meeting on Thursday, May 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. to discuss education and workforce resources and initiatives as part of the County’s Economic Action Plan. The meeting will take place at Lake Technical Center’s Eustis campus, located at 2001 Kurt St.
April 28, 2011

New Economic Action Plan, website revealed at second Economic Action Workshop)
Over 70 local business leaders and members of the community were in attendance at the second Economic Action Workshop held Friday, March 11 at Lake-Sumter Community College’s South Lake Campus in Clermont.
March 17, 2011

Businesses, community invited to participate in upcoming Economic Action Workshop)
Local business leaders, along with interested members of the community are invited to attend a follow-up meeting to the Economic Action Workshop on Friday, March 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake-Sumter Community College’s South Lake Campus’ community room located at 1250 N. Hancock Road, Clermont.
March 03, 2011

Economic Action Workshop follow-up meeting to be held March 11)
The public is invited to attend a follow-up meeting to the Economic Action Workshop on Friday, March 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake-Sumter Community College’s South Lake Campus’ community room located at 1250 N. Hancock Road, Clermont.
February 15, 2011

Economic Action Workshop deemed a success)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners held its first Economic Action Workshop at Lake-Sumter Community College on Tuesday, Feb. 1 with over 100 people in attendance.
February 03, 2011

Lake County Days gives citizens, local officials a chance to meet with legislative delegation)
The Chamber Alliance of Lake County will host its annual Lake County Days event on Tuesday, Feb. 22 and Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the state Capitol in Tallahassee.
January 31, 2011

Economic Action Workshop scheduled for Feb. 1)
The public is invited to attend an Economic Action Workshop at Lake-Sumter Community College’s Magnolia Room, located at 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.
January 26, 2011

Commissioners solicit suggestions from community on growing businesses in Lake County)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is seeking input from the community on ways to increase business growth in Lake County. The ideas submitted will be reviewed by Commissioners for consideration in future economic development strategies.
December 07, 2010

Lake County tourism staff welcomes Central Florida’s arts leaders to Clermont)
Lake County Tourism & Business Relations is welcoming dozens of Central Florida’s art leaders to South Lake County for a meeting on Friday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper Memorial Library, located at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont.
October 05, 2010

Lake County officially enters the social media realm)
After months of internal testing and training, Lake County is promoting its new social media accounts, which helps provide another method for local residents to receive important updates about Lake County Government activities.
September 28, 2010

County Commission applauds THAT! Company’s accomplishments)
At its meeting Tuesday, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners congratulated Ken Knorr, President of THAT! Company, which was recently selected as one out of 18 Florida companies to receive the 2010 Governor's Business Diversification Award.
September 22, 2010

Lake County Economic Development congratulates Clermont company for regional innovative award)
Visions@Work of Clermont was recently awarded one of the top honors for innovative programs as the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission recognized on Sept. 8 several Central Florida companies at the 2010 William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award luncheon.
September 16, 2010

County Commission to recognize local recipient of governor’s business diversification award)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21, will hear a presentation from Ken Knorr, President of THAT! Company, which was recently selected as one out of 18 Florida companies to receive the 2010 Governor's Business Diversification Award.
September 15, 2010

Lake County to select one home and one small commercial building for Energy Efficiency Retrofit Pilot Program)
As part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, Lake County is conducting a pilot program by selecting one home and one small commercial building to receive free energy efficiency retrofits (up to a $3,000 value) to show how small investments in energy efficiency reduce energy costs.
September 01, 2010

Topics of second business summit are capital, marketing, planning & workforce development)
Regional business resource providers are hosting a Day 2 event to its Lake County Business Owners Success Summit (BOSS) to provide more information about the services they provide on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Receptions, located at 4425 Highway 19A in Mount Dora.
September 01, 2010

Lake County awards local college for job creation)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 17 approved a High Value Job Creation (HVJC) Program award for $12,000 and Business Assistance Program (BAP) award up to $25,000 to Beacon College of Leesburg.
August 18, 2010

Exhibitor applications, sponsorships being accepted for Third Annual Green Fair)
Organizers of the Third Annual Lake County Green Fair are currently accepting exhibitor applications and sponsorships for the event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wooton Park in Tavares.
August 10, 2010

Lake County thanks its participants, sponsors at Green Symposium with eye on upcoming Green Fair)
More than 100 individuals, including participants, speakers and presenters, spent two days last week at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills sharing ideas about conserving and maximizing natural resources during the Second Annual Lake County Green Symposium.
August 03, 2010

Lake County Economic Development congratulates local companies selected as ‘best to work for’)
The Lake County Economic Growth & Redevelopment Division is applauding three local companies — Restor Telecom of Leesburg, Reunion Bank of Florida in Tavares and First Green Bank in Eustis — that were recently selected by Florida Trend magazine as “Florida’s Best Companies to Work for 2010.”
July 28, 2010

Lake County Economic Growth & Redevelopment to exhibit at ‘Farm to Fuel’ Summit on Aug. 11-13)
The Lake County Economic Growth & Redevelopment Division will be an exhibitor at the 2010 ‘Farm to Fuel’ Summit on Aug. 11-13 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando.
July 23, 2010

Three ways to attend Green Symposium next week)
There are three ways to attend the Second Annual Green Symposium on Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30, at Mission Inn Resort & Club.
July 23, 2010

Annual Green Symposium includes free educational classes for homeowners)
The Second Annual Green Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30, at Mission Inn Resort & Club will feature not only a host of presentations and guests speakers for local business owners and professionals, but it will also include free educational classes to help homeowners understand how they can conserve natural resources.
July 16, 2010

Agenda set for Second Annual Green Symposium)
Organizers of the Second Annual Green Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30, at Mission Inn Resort & Club have finalized a strong agenda of speakers.
July 14, 2010

Free course offers emergency planning for local businesses)
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Economic Growth & Redevelopment and Lake County Emergency Management are urging local businesses to sign up for an eight-hour “Business Continuity Planning & Emergency Response” course offered for free on Thursday, July 29, at Lake Technical Center’s Institute of Public Safety, located at 1565 Lane Park Cutoff in Tavares.
July 07, 2010

Guest speakers set for Annual Green Symposium)
The Second Annual Green Symposium on Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30, at Mission Inn Resort & Club features a host of presenters and panelists discussing environmental topics and how they are influencing business.
June 30, 2010

Two-year extensions available for Lake County Growth Management’s building permits, development orders)
When Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law Senate Bill 1752 “Jobs for Florida” last month, not only did it provide tax incentives and tax breaks for qualified businesses, but it allowed developers and property owners to extend Lake County development orders that have an expiration date between Sept. 1, 2008, and Jan. 1, 2012, for two years. The extension applies to building permits, preliminary plat approvals, construction plan approvals and site plans.
June 30, 2010

Lake County, Groveland & EDC star at waste-to-fuels conference)
The Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment, City of Groveland and Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission sponsored an exhibit at the 3rd Annual Waste-to-Fuels Conference & Trade Show in Jacksonville this week.
April 23, 2010

Lake County Commission approves business incentives for two expanding companies)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved at its meeting Tuesday incentives for two expanding companies: First Class Air Repair of Groveland and Restor Telecom, Inc. of Leesburg.
April 20, 2010

Organizers deem business summit a success)
More than 100 small business owners and entrepreneurs attended the Lake County Business Owners Success Summit (BOSS) Thursday at Minneola City Hall.
March 26, 2010

Lake County awards new Tavares-based company with business assistance incentive)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved at its meeting Tuesday a $25,000 incentive from its Business Assistance Program to help with the relocation of Progressive Aerodyne, Inc. to Tavares.
March 23, 2010

Slate of speakers set for Lake County business success summit on March 25)
When dozens of small business owners and entrepreneurs descend into Minneola City Hall on Thursday, March 25, at 4 p.m. for the Lake County Business Owners Success Summit (BOSS), a collection of impressive speakers will be greeting them.
March 16, 2010

Lake County summit strives to help entrepreneurs, small business owners)
Regional and local business organizations are partnering to host the Lake County Business Owners Success Summit (BOSS) to provide answers to area small business owners on how they can survive in today’s economy on Thursday, March 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Minneola City Hall, located at 800 N. U.S. Highway 27.
March 09, 2010

Procurement offices of local governments in Lake County to host Reverse Vendor Tradeshow)
Procurement offices from various agencies in Lake County are hosting its Second Annual Reverse Vendor Tradeshow to provide companies an opportunity to meet face-to-face with procurement officials on Friday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leesburg Community Center, located at 109 Dixie Ave. (State Road 44), Leesburg.
March 08, 2010

Lake County Commissioners approve suspension of transportation impact fees for one year)
In an effort to rally the local economy, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday that suspends the collection of transportation impact fees on new developments beginning today for one year.
March 02, 2010

Business incubator in Leesburg to host open house)
The Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment is pleased to announce the University of Central Florida (UCF) Business Incubator in Leesburg, located at 600 Market St., will host an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.
February 22, 2010

Lake County awards local bank for job creation)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 20 approved a High Value Job Creation (HVJC) Program Award for $20,000 to First Green Bank for the creation of nine qualifying positions.
October 22, 2009

Lake County Economic Growth & Redevelopment’s Web site touted by International Economic Development Council)
The Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment is pleased to announce its Web site, which launched in April 2009, has garnered praise from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
October 08, 2009

Lake County awards companies for job creation)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved Tuesday two awards from its High Value Job Creation Program to Petrotech Southeast Inc. and Surgery Center of Mount Dora, LLC – Omega I Partners, LLC.
August 06, 2009

Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment’s new Web site is earning rave reviews)
n its first two weeks, the Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment’s new Web site at egr.lakecountyfl.gov has received more than 1,500 visitors.
April 16, 2009

Economic Growth & Redevelopment launches Web site)
The Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment launched a new Web site Wednesday at egr.lakecountyfl.gov.
April 02, 2009

Electrifying move: Vehicle charging station in the works for downtown Eustis)
The Eustis City Commission approved a resolution last week supporting an endeavor by RubeLab, a not-for-profit corporation involved in the development of technologies to solve environmental issues, to construct a solar charging station for electric vehicles in downtown Eustis, at the corner of Eustis and Clifford streets.
February 10, 2009

Lake County Commissioners enter partnership with Leesburg, UCF for business incubator)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners recently entered a partnership agreement with the City of Leesburg and University of Central Florida (UCF) Research Foundation to strengthen a business incubator at the Leesburg Business & Technology Center, located at 600 Market St.
February 06, 2009

County Commissioners approve application for high-value job creation incentive for Mount Dora company)
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved this week an application for a $62,000 high-value job creation incentive to the Mount Dora-based company of Buildtelligence Web Solutions for 31 new positions with an average annual salary of more than $36,000.
January 30, 2009

Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment rings in New Year by welcoming new development)
The Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment is welcoming a new addition to the Christopher C. Ford Commerce Park, the Lakeview Distribution Center, which is under construction by IDI, an industrial real-estate developer.
January 06, 2009

Economic Growth & Redevelopment welcomes new staffer)
The Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment this past week introduced Cary Pierce as the department’s new Business Development Coordinator.
December 10, 2008

Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment supports virtual entrepreneur center)
The Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment is encouraging entrepreneurs that are looking to start, expand or relocate a business to use a new online one-stop resource, titled “Virtual Entrepreneur Center,” organized by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) at www.flvec.com.
September 26, 2008

Lake County company earns industry award from region’s economic development commission)
One of Lake County’s leading “clean-tech” industries, Covanta Lake of Okahumpka, received a William C. Schwartz Innovation Award last week at a Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) luncheon held in Lake Mary.
September 25, 2008

Leesburg chamber, Lake County present women’s symposium)
The Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment are presenting a women’s mini-symposium on Tuesday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Lake-Sumter Community College’s Magnolia Room, located at 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.
May 09, 2008

Commissioners OK new economic development plan )
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners adopted a new economic strategic plan at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
February 27, 2008

Lake County's economic development director appointed to Florida Redevelopment Association's Board of Directors)
Dottie Keedy, Director of the Lake County Department of Economic Growth & Redevelopment, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Florida Redevelopment Association.
October 22, 2007

Local artists planning event to celebrate community's culture)
Local artists are joining forces for a public-arts initiative collaboration of communities and artists, to promote the eclectic cultural atmosphere in Lake County during the inaugural Second Saturday Cultural Event to be held Oct. 13 and 14 in downtown Eustis and other areas of Lake County.
June 07, 2007

Capital-improvement bonds for Lake County to go on sale April 12)
Lake County announces the sale of approximately $84 million in capital-improvement revenue bonds on Thursday, April 12.
April 11, 2007