Defense, hospitality remain Okaloosa's main employers

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 19:03 PM.

"A lot of your builders are doing dual roles: they're the ones swinging the hammer," he said.

However, the local economy’s uptick has brightened the building industry’s outlook. Crestview real estate agent Dino Sinopoli said planned developments that lay dormant during the recession have sprung to life.

(See related article on local real estate on page C1.)

"In the last several months, I've talked to several members who say, 'I've gotten too busy. I'm working seven days a week and I have to start hiring somebody,'" Baggett said. "That's an encouraging thing that we're hearing."

An announcement that construction of what could be as many as 1,000 or more housing units at Hurlburt Field has been welcome news for area contractors, Baggett said.

"That is going to be an opportunity for people to find some work," he said.

A good outlook



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