New York financial technology company SmartAsset released the rankings from its second annual Healthiest Housing Markets Study and Leesburg made the list at number 9 in Florida, up from their ranking of 16 in 2015. The study measures market health by the average number of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale, and the costs associated with ownership.
For a look at how Leesburg compares with the Florida leaders, check the table below:
|Rank||City||Average Years Living in Home||Avg. Homes with Negative Equity||Homes Decreasing in Value||Avg. Days on Market||Home Costs as % of Income||Healthiest Markets Index|
|6||Sun City Center||11.2||11.6%||14.2%||90.7||21.0%||82.16|
Leesburg Chamber Executive Director Sandi Moore, City Commissioner Dan Robuck III and City Manager Al Minner attended the Lake County Legislative Days in Tallahassee. One of the Leesburg Area Chamber’s initiatives addressed was Leesburg’s Economic Development Climate, they communicated the importance of K-12 public education system and its effect on local business recruitment and economic development in the Leesburg Area.
Education Funding for Florida schools is decided based on the Florida Education Finance Program funding formula. “The current FEFP results in Lake County School District being #66 (out of 67) in State funding despite being number 19 in student population”.
Groveland, Florida-State Rep. Larry Metz (R-Yalaha), filed House Bill 4047, seeking to repeal the District Cost Differential (DCD) contained within the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) funding formula for K-12 education.
For More Information: Press Release – Rep. Metz Files Bill to Repeal District Cost Differential
Leesburg is building momentum! Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 p.m. at the Leesburg Armory, the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 79th Annual Chamber Awards and Installation Gala, the “Chamber Express”. 225 guests gathered to celebrate the Chamber and the Leesburg Area businesses achievements. Snowflakes danced on the screen, as the “Chamber Express” train envisioned and built by Bob Tucker, Events by Miss Daisy and Rick Rojas, A Plus Printing greeted guests once entering the decorated venue, a wintery night at the North Pole. Inspirational and motivational greeting by our very own Executive Director, Sandi Moore embraced the motto Imagine with all your mind, Believe with all your heart and Achieve with all might. An extraordinary evening, with entertainment by Paint it Black Quartet. Event coordinator and décor extraordinaire, Events by Miss Daisy transformed the venue into the snowing night at the North Pole, and gourmet caterer, Chef Jessy Flinn, Gourmet Today created a Christmas morning menu, including carving stations, waffle station, mash potatoes station and so much more.
Leesburg Area Chamber Executive Director, Sandi Moore and M. C. and event sponsor J. Scott Berry presented the 2015 Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Awards to local community members and area businesses that have invested time, money and heart into Leesburg. Recipient of the prestigious chamber award, the George O. Pringle Award was Ricardo Rojas. Followed by Business Women of the Year Award recipient Jessy Flinn, Gourmet Today, Entrepreneur Award recipient Bob Tucker, Events by Miss Daisy, Humanitarian Award recipient LassiterWare Cares, Leadership Award recipient Freddie Williams, Public Service Award recipients, City of Leesburg Commission, Business Achievement Award for Small Business recipient Care Patrol, Business Achievement Award for Medium Size Business recipient, Azure Water Company and Business Achievement Award for Large Business Stokes Fish Company & Lake Trucking Company. Each award recipient was nominated by the Leesburg Area Chamber Members, Ambassadors, and Board of Directors.
Thank you to all of the Event Sponsors for helping make this night memorable and extraordinary! Events by Miss Daisy, Classic Tent & Events, City of Leesburg, Grand Rental Station, AllState Stokes Agency, Comcast, Plaza Cadillac, Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Akers Media Group, ERA Grizzard, Lake County Economic Department, Leesburg Partnership, J. Scott’s Skin Care & Day Spa, Citizens First Bank, Lake Eye Associates, CenterState Bank, LassiterWare Insurance, ESI, A Plus Printing and United Southern Bank.
Promoting Progress and Profit in the Leesburg Area!
Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce-Spark Program– On Monday, September 28, 2015, 45 Leesburg High School Juniors and Seniors congregated at Warren W. Willis United Methodist Youth Camp to build on leadership and team building skills. Students participated in the Challenge Course which included ropes exercises (low and high ropes). The Challenge Course offers group exercises that help strengthen team building skills by reinforcing trust and communication through a diverse range of exciting activities and challenges.
Last school year, a bright spark was ignited, as student leaders from Leesburg High School had the opportunity to participate in a leadership development program created by Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce for Leesburg High School students. The goal is to ignite our leaders of tomorrow, and promote Leesburg and Lake County opportunities and its success. With the assistance of LHS administration and faculty, we identified student leaders within the school including; academic, sports, performing arts, agricultural, etc. to participate.
The program is organized as 5 day trips/sessions, scheduled throughout the school year. These trips are held throughout Leesburg and Lake County and provide a learning experience about the area and the different opportunities that our great county has to offer.
Thank you to our Sponsors: LRMC, SBDC-Leesburg, LSSC, and Sunset Rotary!!!
LEESBURG, FL – October 27, 2015 – Express Homes Central Florida Division and the Leesburg Area Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Ashley Woods neighborhood in Leesburg.
The event was well attended by a number of guests including Pam Jones from Congressman Daniel Webster’s office, Leesburg Chamber of Commerce members, County Commissioners, local businesses and area real estate agents. The guests were given tours of the community, which offers eight floor plans to choose from. Homes at Ashley Woods range in size from approximately 1,672 to 2,675 square feet and are currently priced from $169,990 to $211,990.
For more information, call sales representative Helen McCroy at 352-435-7685.
Express Homes, a D.R. Horton Company, is one of the nation’s leading homebuilders for
affordable homes. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Express Homes has locations in 14 states
and 44 markets.