CHELCO makes donation for project

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 04:35 PM.

CHELCO, Inc. presented a $2,750 check to the Walton County Economic Development Alliance July 2 to help kick-start a project long on the drawing board.

The contribution will be used to pay for half of the Mossy Head Industrial Park ’s site certification, located off State Road 285 near I-10 and U.S. Highway 90 between Crestview and DeFuniak Springs. Gulf Power, which initiated the Northwest Florida-wide certification program, is paying the remaining half.

“This is part of our ongoing commitment to help local communities grow and prosper by creating jobs,” said CHELCO CEO Steve Rhodes. “Economic development is one of our top priorities.”

Rhodes added that the decision to cover Walton County ’s share of the certification cost wasn’t made lightly.

“We’re careful about spending because we want our member-owners to feel they’re getting their money’s worth,” he said. “This project has great promise.”      

 Rhodes said tourism, construction and the military are very important job-makers in the area, but it would be helpful to attract other types of businesses to Northwest Florida .

Drawing manufacturers and warehousing and distribution companies to the industrial park would boost the economic prospects of the Emerald Coast by diversifying its economic base, he explained.

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