Hundreds of jobs could be coming to Walton County

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - New jobs may be coming to Walton County.

A new industrial park will be built in DeFuniak Springs, after the BCC approved a $2.3 million investment. (WJHG/WECP)

A $2.3 million investment was approved for a new industrial park in DeFuniak springs, near the intersection of Highway 331 and Interstate 10.

"We're very excited about it. We're grateful to the county for working with us on this. We've got one more step to go, I hope then to get this finally approved," said Bob Campbell, Mayor, DeFuniak Springs.

County leaders say growing the economy of Walton County is a priority.

"Work with DOD subcontractors, trying to get them in here, doing computerized stuff, trying to get the higher paying jobs in here that would support the local economy, and also the military at the same time,” said Bill Chapman, Walton County Commission Vice Chair.

DeFuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell says they want to make sure Walton County’s economy doesn't depend on just tourism.

"We want to be smart, we don't want to invest in just hospitality, because a storm could wipe out your whole economy,” said Campbell.

The money for this project comes from Walton County’s RESTORE dollars and from Triumph funds.

"The Economic Development Alliance, we would pay back the county for the RESTORE money, as we sell property," said Campbell.

The Economic Development Alliance will meet with county commissioners at the beginning of November to discuss buying the property.

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