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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