Defense, hospitality remain Okaloosa's main employers

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 07:03 PM.

Sumblin said her agency has been working with the county Economic Development Council to provide workforce information for potential employers considering moving to or expanding in Okaloosa County.

Workforce Development is also working with educators as a liaison with local fast-growing, high-wage industries, including health care, information technology and communications, and manufacturing.

"We're looking at schools' training growth to guide them as to what kind of curriculum they can provide, not just post-secondary but the K-through-12 schools, too," Sumblin said.

"We work very closely with the CHOICE program," she said, referring to the Okaloosa County School District middle and high school industry-guided vocational training program.

"We see things turning around," Sumblin said.

Local business leaders agree.

"We in the chamber of commerce are expecting things here to start bucking the trend," Mitchell said. "We're expecting things here will be better than the rest of nation."

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