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Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

Okaloosa County Commissioner Wayne Harris, also the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce executive director; Nathan Sparks, the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council's executive director; and Linda Sumblin, the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties' executive director, were among attendees.

It was the first time that the five counties' economic development leaders worked together to organize an overseas trip to try to bring new business to the region.

3. BUS SERVICE THREATENED

After the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate Crestview's two bus routes if the City Council couldn't help fund the service, Crestview leaders voted to fund the routes using anticipated county gasoline tax revenue.

Commissioners then changed parameters and said the routes would only operate through January 2014.

Monday morning, County Commissioner Nathan Boyles said the buses probably will keep running through fiscal year 2013-14, with possible route consolidations to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.

"I think, at the end of the day, we can provide the same amount of service for less," he said.



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