YEAR IN REVIEW: Walton experienced big economic expansion

Dated: 01/08/2019

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Walton County saw economic development expansions across the county in 2018, including in the more rural north end.

Bill Imfeld, executive director of the Walton County Economic Development Alliance, said he plans for 2019′s pace to be on the same track.

“The city of Freeport is having an economic upsurge,” said Imfeld, who added that every EDA-owned parcel in the Freeport Industrial Park sold out during what he called “an extremely successful year.”

He said the EDA is working to gain more “shovel-ready” parcels to develop into business opportunities within the year.

The Mossy Head Industrial Park could also add more than 200 “good-paying” jobs to the area. However, Imfeld said the EDA is competing with other communities for the jobs, and that he hopes to have a definite answer by the end of January.

Recent expansions extend into DeFuniak Springs, where Imfeld said there was an increase in food venues in 2108 and more housing opportunities planned for the near future.

“The county’s completion of the connector road between U.S. 331 and County Road 280A will enable commercial and housing development, as well as facilitate the undertaking of the Veterans’ Lodge project, which will help veterans in need of education, training and other services obtain successful employment,” he said.

A Dollar General is also being built in Paxton, which he said will bring the city its first new business in more than 10 years. He said it will give residents a convenient shopping alternative and has ignited the interest of other businesses to set up shop in the north end.

Original Source: NWF Daily News

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