Health Check to expand to Mississippi

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM.

Kelly said she wanted the meeting with local officials to announce her plans and her issues with the local climate, “To help other companies that come behind us or who are here, in order to help them.”

She also said the community has too many natural attributes – the sunny days, waters and beaches – to continue to struggle economically.

“This doesn’t stop me from loving this community … but it has been a long wait (for recognition and an embrace from local elected officials) and it shouldn’t be,” she said.

County Commissioner Joanna Bryan said she was disappointed the company’s expansion plans did not include Gulf County and she could relate to issues raised by Kelly.

“I have been here eight years and experienced many of the same things,” Bryan said, noting much of her law business is out of Bay County. “I have been trying to work through the (County Commission) to change the ways we look at things … and have mostly run into a brick wall.

“This news is very disheartening to me. I hope we can see some positive changes in the future.”

EDA executive director Barry Sellers, who Kelly praised for his efforts to make expansion of Health Check in Gulf County a reality, said, “I appreciate the chance to retain the jobs we have. We have been meeting and we have been trying. It just hasn’t worked.”

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