Mostly assuredly Gov. Rick Scott will talk about his success in promoting job growth during a senatorial campaign stop Tuesday at Eisenhower Recreation Center.
During his administration, Florida businesses have created millions of new private-sector jobs, with unemployment at the lowest level since April 2007.
Even as he enters the waning days of his administration, Scott expresses a devotion to growing jobs as a means to create opportunities for all Floridians and provide the workforce necessary to support the lifestyle of the state’s growing senior population, especially the nearly 120,000 residents in The Villages.
His advocacy explained why he recently voiced support for The Villages development of a 431-acre industrial-commercial project in the Florida Crossroads Industrial Activity Center, a 4,000-acre growth corridor south of Wildwood and west of Interstate 75.
“Since taking office, Florida’s hard-working businesses have created more than 1.5 million private-sector jobs,” Scott told the Daily Sun in an earlier statement. “This job creation would not have been possible without communities like The Villages.”
The growth corridor has the potential for adding 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years or so, according to Sumter County’s master growth plan.
Also: This new jobs potential comes as the county posted strong first-quarter employment growth, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-over-year employment grew by 6 percent to an average 24,592 workers during the three months, with total quarterly wages growing by 10 percent to $233 million during the same time period.
Also: For the 14th consecutive year, the Sumter County Commission will consider a property tax cut during the first of two public hearings on the 2018-2019 budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Sumter Courthouse, Historic Courtroom, 215 E. McCollum Ave., Bushnell. This public hearing will follow the regularly scheduled 5 p.m. meeting.
Also: No question that increased employment and the workers who serve the consumers in The Villages contribute to the community’s reputation for a quality active adult lifestyle. And that correlation translates indirectly into strong home values. In their latest analysis, researchers at CoreLogic, one of the nation’s leading real estate data and analytics firms, reported a 4.59 percent year-over-year increase in July home values in The Villages. The firm, which supports the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index, also maintains that The Villages metropolitan statistical area is the healthiest residential market in Florida.
Also: An analysis of Census data reinforces the fact that The Villages remains a quality lifestyle destination for home buyers. The Villages metropolitan statistical area had the sixth-highest average home value in 2016 at $226,600, according to the latest data available.
David R. Corder is a senior writer with The Villages Daily Sun. He can be reached at 352-753-1119, ext. 5241, or firstname.lastname@example.org.