Washington County Top Stories of 2013

Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 01:51 PM.

No. 10 Story of 2013

Chamber hosts economic symposiums

In August, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce began hosting a series of economic symposiums, with follow-up meetings being held in October and November.

“Today is the beginning of our future,” said Ted Everett, executive director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. “We have to have a plan, and we have to come together as a county.”

“Economic development is too important to leave in the hands of just the Chamber or just the county commissioners,” said Jim Brook, executive director of Opportunity Florida and moderator of the symposium’s panel.

The first symposium featured experts in the area of economic development, including Kenny Griffin of the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board, Dr. David Goetsch, founder and life board member of the Okaloosa Economic Development Commission, Neal Wade of the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, Larry Sassano, of Florida’s Great Northwest, Terry Ellis, manager of West Point Home Inc. in Chipley, and Heather Squires of Enterprise Florida.

The symposiums also began a SWOT analysis of Washington County which is ongoing in an effort for the county to develop a plan for economic development..

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