Second economic development meeting held

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 02:18 PM.

CHIPLEY — County leaders and officials began discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the area during Tuesday’s Economic Development Symposium.

The symposium was the second in an ongoing series of meetings sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

“We want to develop a plan, a vision of what we want the county to be in the future,” said Jim Brook, executive director of Opportunity Florida.

Part of the process of developing that plan will include working through a S.W.O.T. analysis — a process of discussing the county’s Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats, Brook said.

Tuesday night the goal was to work through the first two topics: Strengths and Weaknesses. The audience participated in a discussion of the pros and cons of Washington County.

“We need to know what is out there affecting us positively and negatively,” said Chamber Executive Director Ted Everett. “Then we can begin creating a road map for the future of the county.”

The strengths identified for Washington County included fine medical facilities, interstate access and railroad and the quality of life found here in the Panhandle.

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