Second economic development meeting held

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

A strong commitment by local business and civic leaders is absolutely necessary for economic development success, Everett said.

“The reason we were able attract people back in the ‘80s was we had land and a building we could show them,” Everett said. “Right now, if an industry were to contact me, I don’t have anything to show them. Nothing.”

Everett said the adage “homes follow jobs, and retail follows homes” applies to economic development, and to have growth in Washington County, the county has to increase the number of jobs it has to offer.

“Right now, Washington County is exporting 75 percent of its workforce,” Everett said. “Most of our people have to go out of the county to work.”

 “The nine most important factors in economic development are attitude, attitude, attitude; commitment, commitment, commitment; and patience, patience patience,” Ole Ellis said.

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