Local business owners have roundtable discussion

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 09:51 AM.

Roberson discussed the advanced technology center at GCSC, an unconventional classroom inside of which students can study science, engineering and culinary arts.

He went on to predict that technology careers will be vital for the future growth of the area and create upward of 3,400 jobs in the next five years.

Farnsley explained to the room that as technology becomes more advanced and the economy changes, it will allow workers to live anywhere. He believed that it was important to get the word out that Gulf County could be the place for people with money, who will then spend it within the community.

“You need good healthcare, good education and a high quality of life,” said Farnsley. “We need to attract high-paying jobs to see improvement in the community.”

Some members of the panel put their eggs in the port basket, as a surefire way to stimulate the local economy, though Roberson said that a serviceable railroad, four-lane highway access and high speed internet are the main roadblocks to Port St. Joe becoming a boom town.

Roberson said, “You can have the greatest port in the world, but if you can’t get to it, it doesn’t matter.”

Mayor Magidson commended the Tourist Development Council for their role in marketing Gulf County across the Southeast and hoped to see them expand their reach.

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