It is with great pleasure I have the opportunity to introduce this technology-focused issue of Lake & Sumter Style. I want to commend Akers Media on its decision to highlight an industry sector that gets very little attention locally, but is playing a vital role in the growth of Lake County’s economy. From manufacturing to health care to agriculture, the sector has a far-reaching impact across almost every segment of the Lake County economy.
While it is true that Lake County does not [yet] have a bellwether technology giant like Google driving the industry locally, technology thought leaders and companies are becoming more prominent in our community, and we are seeing significant increases in the utilization of advanced technologies within existing businesses. This local technology-driven growth is both a function of the evolution of Lake County’s economy, as well as the technology boom occurring in Orlando. As one of the fastest-growing tech communities in the country, Orlando’s tech revival will, without question, positively benefit and contribute to the growth of Lake County’s tech industry.
Lake County Economic Development is committed to ensuring that our county has the infrastructure and workforce necessary to sustain a thriving technology industry. Working with our municipalities, workforce partners like Lake Technical College, Lake-Sumter State College, the Lake County School Board, and other local technology stakeholders, we plan to launch a number of initiatives and projects over the coming months and years to solidify Lake County’s positioning as a destination for technology-driven companies and as a community that supports and cultivates our existing businesses that either depend on technology or produce technology solutions.
Throughout the month of July, Lake County is launching a multi-pronged marketing campaign to bring awareness to the importance of technology in Lake County. Through a series of press releases, social media postings, and promotional videos, we’ll highlight some of our more established tech-driven companies, like Steamroller Studios, Data Graphics, and GW Schultz Tools, while also promoting the tremendous importance of technology across all of Lake County’s businesses and industries. We encourage you to follow the campaign by visiting Lake County’s Facebook page at facebook.com/LakeCountyEcoDev with the hashtag #summertech.