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Here's the latest news and happenings from your friends at the Gadsden County Development Council.
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As you may know, the Gadsden County Development Council (GCDC) is the designated economic development organization for Gadsden County. The GCDC engages industry, education, and government in the planning and implementation of cutting edge economic and community development policies and programs to attract, retain, and expand businesses and jobs in the county.

The GCDC is focused on developing and maintaining a strong business climate, training and maintaining a vibrant workforce, and marketing Gadsden County's many business, cultural, and geographic strengths.

A Resourceful Website

In July, the new GCDC website was awarded the designation "Superior" in the Small County Division by the Southern Economic Development Council. The new website includes information on Gadsden County: sites and buildings; demographics; industry; workforce and education; transportation access, and; quality of life.

In the News

Recently, Opportunities Abound in Gadsden County, FL was featured as part of a Florida Profile in Business in Focus Magazine, a North American publication with over 360,000 subscribers. The article features the strategic leverage of regional transportation assets in the identification of developable sites, the sector strategy of workforce training and the active pillars of our economic development strategy: Coordinated Community Development, Coordinated Business Development, and Enhanced Tourism.

Incentive to Locate in Gadsden County

In 2016, the GCDC brought forth, and the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted, a well-vetted economic development grant policy that provides financial incentives for game-changing job creation and capital investment.

The grant program was modeled on successful programs implemented in other areas in Florida and protects county taxpayers because the financial incentives are paid from incremental revenues generated by the new projects.  

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The GCDC Annual report can be found in the Gadsden County Annual Report here.

Regionalism is Key to Our Competitiveness

Whether we are leveraging Transportation assets, addressing Site Readiness or establishing new Workforce Training opportunities, the GCDC is doing so with partners at the local, regional and state levels.

Florida and Georgia Cooperative in Workforce Initiative

CareerSource Capital Region, the workforce board serving Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties, has engaged the two South Georgia workforce regions to align the regional business talent needs with the short-term and long-term curriculum and custom training programs available from area public and private training institutions. Job seekers are learning about the industry sectors in the north Florida and south Georgia region that are seeking talent and the associated training and financial aid available to become a qualified candidate for these in-demand jobs.

The GCDC, supported by Gadsden Technical Institute and TCC, is a recipient of a grant from Florida Makes and Career Source Florida to find and train people to work in manufacturing and related industries. Armada Ammunition President, John Coffman, is serving on the program’s statewide leadership council.

Strategic Sites Leverage Transportation Assets

In 2014, 20 potential industrial sites in Gadsden county ranging in size between 200 and 1500 acres were identified in a Duke Energy-funded study of next generation industrial sites. The identified sites are situated to take advantage of access to regional transportation assets including railroads, Interstate 10, Highway 90, and nearby ports and airports. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the GCDC achieved a grant to conduct further due diligence on 6 of the 20 sites previously identified. Three of the 6 sites are proximate to rail that connects I-10 and the Port of Port St. Joe and 3 are proximate to I-10.

Four-county Freight Logistics Zone (FLZ)


Gadsden site readiness efforts have parlayed into an additional grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to develop a Freight Logistics Zone (FLZ) strategy around the transportation assets connecting Gadsden, Liberty, Gulf and Franklin counties. Additional industrial sites, rail and non-rail served, will be identified in each county. The resulting coordinated FLZ strategic plan will be presented to DEO and FDOT to achieve priority in future planning. The strategy will also support regional targeted marketing to attract users of the transportation network who will invest capital and create jobs.

Tallahassee International Airport seeks Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) status  

Gadsden County is one of eight counties surrounding Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) that could benefit from a new Foreign Trade Zone that provides a cost-saving conduit for manufacturers participating in international trade. The GCDC has contributed to the feasibility study being conducted by IMS Worldwide, Inc. This effort requires identifying the funding necessary to locate Customs & Border Patrol offices and inspection station at TLH.

Project Development and Job Creation in Gadsden County


In 2016, the GCDC has announced the establishment of 3 new businesses in Gadsden County.

  • In April, the GCDC announced the opening of Armada Ammunition in Greensboro. A newly created business, Armada Ammunition produces a full line of premium quality pistol and rifle caliber ammunition for law enforcement, the U.S. military, and for training purposes.

  • In April, the GCDC secured a $387,575 Rural Infrastructure Grant for Gadsden County from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The grant will be used to provide utility infrastructure and transportation access to a site being developed for commercial use in Midway by an identified prospect.

  • In May, the GCDC announced the opening of Capital Hydraulics, a family owned business, in Quincy’s Joe Adams business park. Capital Hydraulics specializes in the fluid power business. Capital Hydraulics focuses on hydraulic cylinders, pumps, motors, fittings, oils and valves and manufactures and sells their own hoses and tubing through their e-commerce system containing over 12,000 items.
     
  • In July, the GCDC sponsored an open house for Rental, Inc., an independently owned business. Rental, Inc. specializes in Bobcat and Doosan equipment rental and sales.
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