Sellers steps aside as EDA director

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

He was hired to be director of a consolidated Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council after the BOCC joined the two, but Sellers spent several weeks learning the computer passwords and contacts and was limited on staff.

But he grew the Chamber membership, including making inroads in Wewahitchka noted by its City Council, and reached out to assist existing and relocating small businesses.

“We have had numerous new small businesses that have opened here as we increased recruitment efforts,” Sellers wrote in his letter of resignation to the EDA board. “We have worked with many existing companies with their plans of expansions.

“I am proud of the work we have accomplished.”

The consolidated model was dissolved as the BOCC took back operational control, a new Chamber board ceded any economic development to the new EDA and a new Chamber director was hired.

Sellers said he didn’t really get to the business of economic development, which included significant work with the Port St. Joe Port Authority, until the EDA was created, having emphasized Chamber work in his first 18 months.

During his tenure, however, Eastern Shipbuilding announced it would ultimately expand to Gulf County – the company continues to make lease and utility payments – and the St. Joe Company announced two separate letters of intent with energy companies for shipping through the port.

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