Bay County Leaders Push for New Growth and Job Opportunities

PANAMA CITY- A lot of it has to do with expanding the resources we already have, like expanding Port Panama City and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

Representatives from the St. Joe Company, the Business Innovation Center, Bay Economic Development Alliance, Panama City Port Authority and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport shared some insights during a Lunch and Earn session sponsored by the Panama City Beaches Chamber.

Port Director Wayne Stubbs say the board has invested 75 million dollars in new facilities and equipment in the last 10 years, to make the port more modern and efficient.

The copper trade has been a strong part of the port's business.

The port handles about two and a half billion dollars of copper every year.

But Stubbs say the port is looking for additional cargo's.

"We think the way to grow, from this point on is to really go more container trade within the gulf of Mexico, to close markets in Mexico, Central America, and maybe Cuba," said Wayne Stubbs, Panama City Port Authority Director.

"I think we hit a home run with this. We were looking to get people engaged. We were looking to find out from these different organizations and the folks that are on the panel, what is it that Bay County is doing right and where are the opportunities at," said Lance Allison, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Some of the other target industries are aerospace, medical technology and manufacturing.


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