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

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

Jaeger said other opportunities in Walton County are based on future improvements to U.S. Hwy. 331 corridor, which will be expanded to four lanes.

Work is currently under way on the segment from the north side of the bridge to State Road 20. Plans and $47.6 million in funding are also in place to expand U.S. 331 from SR20 to I-10 just south of DeFuniak Springs.

Jaeger said the "modern highway" would be a huge advantage for Walton County as a whole. The economic development alliance is currently in discussions with about five companies that could potentially call the county's commerce park in Mossy Head home, joining Love's truck stop, Jaeger said.

With untapped potential abounding, Jaeger said representatives from Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa , and Walton counties have been diligently working to attract potential aerospace and aviation related companies to the area.

"We are putting together an aerospace forum," he said. "We want local leaders to go to Hamburg , Airbus's headquarters in Germany , to learn more about the industry."


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