Adam Sumner  
Planning and Development
Title: CRA Administrator
Phone: (352) 735-7112 ext 1705


Adam came to the City from Lake County, where he served as the Economic Development & Tourism Manager for the last seven years.  While Adam was with the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department, he was responsible for business attraction efforts, managing their business retention & expansion program, managing the department’s three budgets, tourism capital funding program, bass fishing tournament recruitment and fishing tourism marketing program.   


Adam, his wife Christie, and their dogs moved to Lake County seven years ago from Las Vegas, NV, where he had worked for the City of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency for five and half years.


During his tenure with the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency, Adam worked on several real estate development projects, downtown district promotional projects and industrial park development in the city.  The two projects that Adam worked in Las Vegas that he is most proud of are the Smith Center for Performing Arts and the regional headquarters for Cox Communications. The Smith Center filled a void of cultural amenities in the community and the Cox facility created over 800 high paying jobs for Las Vegas residents.


Prior to working in Las Vegas, Adam worked for the Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex, Inc. (MAAC), which is a non-profit economic development organization in Bridgeport, WV.  The mission of the MAAC is to promote the North Central West Virginia Airport, the companies at the airport and their capabilities to clients and prospects from around the world.  Adam spent five years working at the MAAC, during which time he created and managed an aerospace business retention and expansion program, purchased and developed and industrial park adjacent the North Central WV Airport.


Adam has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration from Fairmont State University and he is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  Adam currently serves as a member of the IEDC Certification and Education Committee.  Over the last six years, Adam has served on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDS).


When Adam is not working, he is either in his bass boat chasing trophy largemouth bass, playing golf, spending time with his wife and dogs or following Florida State Football, Go Noles.  


As the CRA Administrator, he will be splitting his time between the Northeast CRA and the Downtown CRA. A few are the projects he will be working in the coming days and weeks include a new information kiosk at MLK Center, Grandview Banner program, Downtown parking and annual reports for both CRAs. 

 

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