Jackson County Floridian – A local economic development team has hired a former top Florida official to lead the development of a strategy for growth, and a plan to put it into action.

Former Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope and his team at VisionFirst Advisors are now under contract with the Jackson County Economic Development Committee (JCEDC).

Swoope is president and CEO of VisionFirst Advisors and a former Florida Secretary of Commerce.

In a press release about the decision, JCEDC Chairman Darwin Gilmore talked about the reason for it.

“Jackson County is strategically located along the I-10 corridor with more than 19 million within a 250-mile radius of the county,” Gilmore said. “Now is the time to assess the county’s strengths and assets, positioning it for future growth and job creation. Globally, the competition for jobs and private capital has become increasingly more demanding and aggressive. This is why we selected VisionFirst Advisors to help us develop strategies to increase our competitiveness.” Read more.