Wakulla Chamber of Commerce Promotes Job Growth in the County

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Job growth is one thing many folks in Wakulla County are hoping will pick up soon. And the local Chamber of Commerce is making strides.

Brandy Knight is one of thousands of residents hoping more jobs and businesses will make their way down to Wakulla county.

Knight says, "It's really hard living in Wakulla county. We don't have enough jobs and the jobs that we do have, they don't want to pay anything."

8.4 percent of residents are out of work and the local chamber of commerce says one of their main goals is to make Wakulla County as business friendly as possible.

Chamber president John Shuff says, "We're constantly trying to encourage other businesses to come."

He goes on to say, "If it's a good business and they want to follow the state guidelines and do everything they're supposed to do, then we need to welcome them. We don't need to throw up additional barriers."

County commissioners voted last week to remove all impact fees in the county, a decision that local chamber president John Shuff says they hope will bring more business.

More jobs in Wakulla County is one thing that almost everyone can agree on - that's why the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce wants to work extra hard with local government to make that happen.

Chamber volunteer and Wakulla County resident Ralph Thomas says, "It's just right for opportunity, we have a lot of areas that can be developed, infrastructure is in place. And we have a very willing strong workforce that would be a positive to business relocating here."

And as for Brandy Knight, she says, "I'm just hoping that things will turn around for Wakulla County because we need a break."


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  • by Growth Location: Crawfordville on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    Until enough people move into the county to unseat the old families that feel genetically entitled to run things, the prospects for new jobs will never materialize. It is easy to tell what is wrong when you hear people spouting off they are 4th or 5th generation Wakulla County residence. There is a mentality here that feels like the Ozark Mountain people of the 19th century, and an aptitude to match.
  • by wake up Location: Wakulla on Mar 8, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    Just remember this...Without the State workers you would have exactly the same situation for Leon County. This region is filled with under compensated employees and a high cost of living. In Wakulla it may be a little less expensive to purchase a home but trust the rest of your funds will go to gas to commute!
  • by Stupid Me Location: Wakulla on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    I bought a home in Wakulla Gardens in '07 because the county planned & promised sewer & paved roads in late '08. Early 08' the surveryor's worked for weeks and when they left there was pink ribbon tape on every tree and telephone pole on Mohave Road. And that, my friends and neighbors was the extent & end of the paving and sewer system. Kessler single handed stopped it by calling it "Paused Planning." Then this same bird, 3 months before the election last year, started the "rock the roads" project in W. Gardens. Too little too late, Howwy. Jerry Moore ran on the promise to pave W. Gardens, which have county roads, not private roads. Now he says, "Pave your own subdivisions. Take up a collection..." We need a sign on Hwy. 319 outta Leon that says, "Welcome to Loserville. Come Lie with us!"
  • by if Location: nf on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    bolillo-wakulla good post but you left out the county and,court house empoylees,all eating our tax dollars.great job growth HA HA.
  • by Hugh Taylor Location: Wakulla on Mar 8, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    What "strides" is the chamber making? Getting public money, $10,000, with not over sight, for their "shop local" campaign ("flop local?") then not letting local businesses that are not in the chamber participate. And where's the jobs? What's going on locally is a result of all the chamber's policies and where has it gotten us besides disappointing a lot of young home buyers living without adequate paved roads, sanitation facilities, storm water facilities and more. Who lied to them about paved roads and infrastructure coming? Who lied to them about 319 being 4 laned so they could get back and forth to the real jobs they have in Tallahassee? That they have to go to because wages in Wakulla are 20% lower than Leon? And I challenge Mr. Shuff to show what the chamber has been doing to "encourage" jobs beyond cutting impact fees where the local taxpayers are burdened by increased taxes because a small group is getting a subsidy from the rest of us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4xwhgDqAhU
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Mar 7, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    Ralph Thomas said the infrastructure was in place? Where did you bury that septic tank, Ralph? Infrastructure????????? If it's not US Route 319, what paved road are you talking about? Hwy. 98?
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Mar 7, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    Job growth? Is the WCSO & school board hiring?
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