Florida Chamber of Commerce projects 2 million jobs needed by 2030

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - By 2030, Florida's population is expected to grow by six million residents, but with that increase comes the need for more jobs. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is working with local chambers across the state to prepare for the future economy.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently kicked off "Florida 2030," a new campaign focused on the state's growing economy with jobs and businesses.

"This is a conversation starter to find out what we need to do as a community to be prepared for the residents and the job requirements that go along with them," said Tiffany Garling, Executive Director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

Garling is helping the Florida Chamber hold a town hall in Marianna on January 6th at Rivertown Community Church. The town hall will begin at 11:30 a.m. She says the meeting is a chance for the Chamber to hear from the community.

Tuesday, Jackson County locals met with Senator Bill Nelson to discuss boosting the local economy with the Amtrak train service. The passenger train would bring in jobs and attract visitors to the area.

According to Garling, these efforts will help the "Florida 2030" cause. But, she says there are still some things that need to be addressed like whether the local government will be prepared to welcome these new jobs.

"It's not just whether we can get the company here it's whether we have the infrastructure to sustain it," said Garling, "and whether we have enough talent supply."

The county is also working on creating a large automotive plant in Campbellton. Organizers of the automotive plant want companies like KIA or Hyundai to take notice in Jackson County and set up shop; using Chipola College automotive grads to fill the job positions.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce also says the state will attract 150 million visitors annually by 2030.