Saturday, November 10, 2012

Destin, Chamber of Commerce plan economic development partnership

By MATT ALGARIN / The Destin Log

DESTIN — The city and Chamber of Commerce are working to come up with a strategy to spur economic development.

“Economic development has to be localized for Destin and a plan created for Destin,” said Shane Moody, president and CEO of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. “We want Okaloosa County to stay on the map as well, but when small, high-tech businesses are looking for a place to locate, we want them to think about Destin.”

The chamber-formed working group would be comprised of representatives from the chamber, the city, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County and business partners.

Moody said that job-creating partnerships between cities and chambers are nothing new, but is indicative of a trend that is taking shape all over the country in communities such Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C. More here.

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