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Recent News

Kroger and Ocado Name Central Florida City Location of Second High-Tech Customer Fulfillment Center)
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America’s largest grocery retailer, and Ocado (LSE: OCDO), one of the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailers, today announced Groveland, Lake County, Florida, as the second location for one of their Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFC).
March 19, 2019

Lake County enhancing outreach )
To further promote outreach to citizens, increase community engagement and attract visitors, Lake County’s Office of Communications has filled two vacancies, welcoming new members Tiffany Henderson, Lead Public Information Officer, and Jenny De Witt, Public Information Officer.
November 27, 2018

Lake County businesses named among ‘Florida Companies to Watch’ )
Four Lake County companies were among the first round of 2018 “Florida Companies to Watch” finalists, recently announced by GrowFL. They include Firehawk Helicopters, Intellisteel Group, LLC, United Efficiency Software Group and Vac-Tron Equipment.
August 23, 2018

Lake County selects new economic development and tourism leader)
Brandon Matulka has been named Executive Director of Lake County’s Agency for Economic Prosperity, which oversees the Offices of Elevate Lake, Visit Lake and the Fairgrounds and Events Center. Matulka joined Lake County in 2015, most recently serving as the Manager of Business Development for the agency.
June 26, 2018

Lake County invites tourism businesses to apply for funding; hosts learning session)
The Lake County Economic Prosperity Office of Visit Lake will host an application learning session for the tourism Capital Projects Funding Grant program at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at 20763 U.S. Highway 27, Groveland.
June 18, 2018

Elevate Lake hosts 5th Annual Partners for Success: Skills Showcase)
Elevate Lake, Lake County Schools, Lake Sumter State College, Lake Technical College and Beacon College are hosting the 5th Annual Partners for Success: Skills Showcase from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at the Clermont Arts & Recreation Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont.
March 05, 2018

FEMA to open a mobile Disaster Recovery Center for Lake County residents and businesses)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced it will be opening a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Irma. The DRC will be open beginning Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Lake County Extension Office, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
October 18, 2017

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 (, 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