HOLMES COUNTY — Holmes County Development Commission took action to move forward on a project to bring a new manufacturing company to the county in a special session April 17.

Executive Director Raymon Thomas gave the board an overview of where the Master Planning Committee is on plans to build new infrastructure at Holmes Industrial Park – East in the project now dubbed “Project Shutterfly.”

Thomas said the company primarily serving government contracts is considering a new headquarters location at Holmes Industrial Park – East. The company would like to begin operating in a 5,500-square foot facility with about four employees in the initial stage. The county would be responsible for covering the expenses to construct the facility that would then be leased to the company manufacturing a sustainable building material.

Board member Joe Rone made a motion that passed to begin collecting bids on the building’s construction, contingent upon receiving a signed contract from the vendor to lease the building for five years at a rate that would recover the development commission’s cost of construction.

In other actions, the commission passed a motion made by board member George Robertson on items to improve the water supply to tenants at the industrial park by having a power pole installed to power a water pump. The commission would assume about a $30 monthly bill for the improvement.

In the director’s report, Thomas said Jamiel Vadell, chief executive officer of Paradigm Plastics, one of the tenant companies at Holmes Industrial Park – East is working to expanding the previously stated goal to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking in Holmes County. Vadell is working in partnership with Chipola College to bring a business incubator to the old Bonifay Elementary School campus after the building is vacated with the completion of the new Bonifay K-8 school. Another component to Vadell’s plan would be outfitting the school with a commercial kitchen to facilitate a culinary program.

The April 17 special session also served as the May regular meeting. The next Holmes County Development Commission meeting will be Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.