Bringing in diverse business projects to Bay County continues to be a major focus for the Economic Development Alliance. In their meeting Wednesday morning, they talked about accomplishments thus far and what they need to do to help grow the economy
EDA director Neal Wade says the project activity in Bay county has been high all year long. They are currently working on several projects over at the airport. Combined, those aerospace projects could potentially bring more than 1,000 jobs into the area.
Wade says when compared to other counties in Northwest Florida, Bay County has the highest amount of project activity. He credits the airport, manufacturing, and area leadership for the growth. However, Wade says one of the biggest challenges to this growth is skilled workers. Potential companies are looking for those skilled workers, and the area is looking to do more to provide them.
"We're working with our training partners, our college partners, to see if we can't look at a program that helps beginning training workers now so we can demonstrate fully that we have the right workforce in Bay County," Wade said.
The EDA is getting set to announce a new project coming into town this week, a medical technology project called 'Freckle.' A formal announcement is set for Friday morning.