Coley, Gaetz visit Holmes County

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

Executive Director of the Holmes County Tourist Development Council Raymond Thomas was the next to speak.

Thomas said that for rural areas the Tourist Development Council isn’t working as well as it could is due to inadequate funding.

“Rural areas are hurting and we need help,” said Thomas. “We need people to know that we’re more than beaches and airports around here. The Chinese are coming with over 60 places developed in the United States with zero being in the State of Florida.”

He said that there is an upcoming gathering of 562 Chinese developers attending a conference in Dothan at the amount of $800 and he said he “already booked his ticket,” requesting that he not be the only representative from Florida present.

“Opportunity Florida has a good grasp on what needs to be done,” said Coley. “They just need to go back to its original intent of communicating with each individual counties. I also agree that we also have to have jobs in this area so that we and our kids and our grand kids don’t have to move away to find work.”

Gaetz informed everyone that there would be an announcement made the next day that would affect Holmes County and had to do with travel.

Resident Charles Smith came before the legislative representatives to say that there needs to be more of an emphasis made on getting the children certified in technology.

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