‘BUYING AND BUILDING FRENZY’ Walton County development on the rise

Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM.

"My goal is to try and diversify our economy," he said.

Especially in the northern portion, Jaeger sees Walton County as a place where aviation and aerospace related companies could ideally locate, given its proximity to both Interstate 10 and the CSX Railroad.

With airline manufacturer Airbus opening up shop in Mobile in 2015, Jaeger said the company will bring along a bevy of related manufacturers along with them.

"They have a bunch of companies from around the world that supply parts to them," he said. "Those suppliers want to come to the U.S. , and they are going to cluster along the I-10 corridor within probably a 350-mile radius."

Part of attracting companies in these specific fields is having a trained workforce to fill the available jobs. Jaeger says this is one area where Walton County has a tremendous opportunity, but action must be taken quickly.

"We have a limited time opportunity to implement aviation-related education," he said. "We need the ability to train our young people quickly and competently on the type of work they will be doing."

"We must create opportunity for those who are not college bound," he added.

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