One Sumter program surpasses fundraising goal


AMERICUS, Ga —  A grand total of $2.2 million– that’s how much money will be pumped into Sumter County’s economy over the next five years, thanks to a visionary community initiative called One Sumter.

The One Sumter Economic Development Board briefed its donors Tuesday on the progress of the nonprofit group’s fundraising efforts.  One Sumter’s purpose is to promote economic growth. The group surpassed it’s $2 million goal, thanks to the more than 100 businesses, industry, and individual donors who contributed to fundraising efforts.

One Sumter is modeled after Carroll Tomorrow, a similar program launched in 2001, that has brought tremendous growth to the Carrollton and Carroll County areas.  Daniel Jackson, the Carroll County Chamber President and Carroll Tomorrow director was the keynote speaker at One Sumter’s member breakfast.

“We’ve had a little more run way, I guess, if you will, to do this.  The point is when folks can come together and get a plan and work together, we can enjoy success.  We’ll share our story and encourage these guys to do the same,”  Jackson told News 3.

Mary Beth Bass, Executive Director of One Sumter, praised the efforts of the community and the One Sumter Board.

“A special thank you to my board of directors and our donors who have worked so hard. I’m relatively new to this position. I’ve been here for six months.  But they have been working for the past two years really with raising the dollars needed to put this vision in place,” Bass says.

One Sumter is proud that many storefronts in downtown Americus are being remodeled and filled with new businesses.  The goal of One Sumter is to keep that type of economic momentum going throughout the entire Sumter County area.

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