Last week community leaders cut the ribbon for the Bay Economic Development Alliance’s (EDA) new economic development center of excellence. The EDA has joined CareerSource Gulf Coast’s board offices at Gulf Coast State College.
In July, the EDA moved from their former location on Jenks Avenue to the college. “The partnership with CareerSource Gulf Coast and Gulf Coast State College is a perfect fit for the EDA. This move aligns economic development, the college, FSU PC, workforce development and Port Panama City and places the EDA in the center of Bay County,” said EDA Chairman, John Juchniewicz.
“Bay County’s Economic Development Alliance and its efforts are critical to our community,” Bay County Commissioner Bill Dozier said. “What better place for the EDA to be located than in the center of our county’s valuable resources for employment and education? Bay County is a wonderful place to live, work and play, and we look forward to the EDA’s continued success in highlighting our assets to both new and expanding industries in our community.”
“This is just another great example of organizations coordinating efforts. The college, CareerSource and the EDA are working together for the betterment of the entire County,” commented Panama City Mayor, Greg Brudnicki.
“Promoting economic well-being to our community is part of the fabric of what we do. The partnership with the EDA and GCSC is a logical fit to assist in meeting the workforce needs of the community. With the addition of our state of the art Advanced Technology Center (ATC), we are poised to address the skills gap issue within our region. We are very proud to be a functional partner with the EDA.” Al McCambry, Dean of Workforce Development at Gulf Coast State College.
“We are more than excited to be neighbors with the Bay County Economic Development Alliance. The Career Source board of directors has long believed that education/training, economic development and workforce development are tightly interwoven, and we know that by working closely together we can help to bring jobs to our community, and provide a skilled workforce for those jobs,” commented Executive Director of CareerSource Gulf Coast, Kim Bodine.
President of the EDA, Becca Hardin said, “We are now able to partner even more seamlessly with our workforce providers. This is critical as we are seeing great results from our marketing activities in the aviation and aerospace, manufacturing and distribution and logistics sectors. Thank you to CareerSource Gulf Coast for the warm welcome and to Gulf Coast State College for opening up their facilities to us.”