Growing Columbia County's Economy
An inland port may be coming to Columbia County with hopes of job creation for all of North Central Florida. Local leaders met at Florida Gateway College today to celebrate the creation of a Rural Enterprise Zone. The zone is compromised of 14 counties including Columbia, Gilchrist, and Union counties. The title gives businesses state incentives to promote hiring.
"It prepares us to be more competitive in the global market which is coming. I mean it's here. It's coming. We want to be competitive," said State Representative Debbie Boyd.
State Representative Debbie Boyd and State Senator Charlie Dean championed the bill. The port would serve as a hub for trade and could create more than 2,500 jobs.
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