For immediate release - April 25, 2005

Lake-Sumter MPO Board to meet Wednesday, April 27

LEESBURGThe Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board will meet Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m. for its regularly scheduled meeting.

The Board is expected to discuss at its meeting to be held in room 233 of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares, development of the Long Range Transportation Plan. The 20-year plan addresses transportation needs for the urbanized areas of Lake and Sumter counties.

Established in 2004, the Lake-Sumter MPO is a regional, independent agency tasked with efficiently planning for the community’s transportation needs. The Lake-Sumter MPO office is located at 225 W. Guava Street, Lady Lake, FL 32159.

For more information about the Lake-Sumter MPO, call (352) 315-0170 or log on to

BACKGROUND: The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization was established on Feb. 25, 2004, after the 2000 U.S. Census determined the urbanized areas around Leesburg, Eustis and Lady Lake had exceeded a population of 50,000.

The purpose of the MPO is to provide a forum for a coordinated, comprehensive and continual transportation planning process and is responsible for the planning of several modes of transportation.

The MPO policy-making Board is comprised of representatives from local government that review transportation issues. Although these individuals come to the table with multiple, and sometimes conflicting perspectives, they work together to establish local and regional priorities for the transportation improvements that are eligible for state and federal funding.

To assist them in their decision-making process, the MPO Board relies upon committee members and support staff as well as active participation from interested citizens, concerned business representatives, special action groups and other voices in the community.

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