County restores EDC, alters operational model

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:32 AM.

Bryan agreed that government has a role, but mistakes had been made by the BOCC and government should leave to the business experts the role of economic development.

Yeager, who led the push for a consolidated model while commission chair, said he favored keeping the EDC under the county umbrella and noted that there “really wasn’t an EDC right now.”

“We have all struggled with figuring out how to bring jobs to Gulf County,” Yeager said.

McLemore said his commitment would be for six months and no more and if results were not forthcoming, corrective action was needed.

Quen Lamb, a business analyst from Port St. Joe, said that economic development takes time and Sellers needed the full support of the board and community to make it happen. Lamb said he has worked with Sellers on several projects in recent months and said Sellers is the man for the job.

“If our goal here in Gulf County is jobs, you need to give Barry another shot and more time,” Lamb said.

Smiley said he was basing his decision on those in the county without jobs, who are desperate to see economic development.

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