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For immediate release - April 27, 2005

Lake-Sumter MPO revamped Web site launches

LEESBURG—First came a new director and then a new office, the most recent change for the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is its Web site.

A revamped Lake-Sumter MPO Web site launched today at www.LakeSumterMPO.com. The new site features recent news releases and an updated calendar of MPO meetings.

“The new Web site will help further promote the Lake-Sumter MPO to the citizens,” said T.J. Fish, Director of the Lake-Sumter MPO. “Better communication with the public is one of the MPO’s most important initiatives.”

Established in 2004, the MPO is a regional, independent agency tasked with efficiently planning for the community’s transportation needs. The Lake-Sumter MPO’s new office is located at 1616 S. 14th St. in the City of Leesburg.

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

BACKGROUND: The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 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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Media Contact:
Christopher Patton
Public Information Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us