County Commission Touts Job Creation Amid Election Hullabaloo
HERNANDO – Campaigns are in full swing as candidates gear up for next week’s primary election, but it’s business as usual with current elected officials despite all the hoopla.
Recently, the Hernando County Commission took action that will result in 100 new jobs in the community from three different companies. This is on top of a series of announcements over the last year and a half that resulted in more than 325 new jobs and retained more than 100 jobs.
“We have a County Commission and County staff who understand that our residents want good paying jobs that allow families and their children to live and work in our community,” said Hernando County District 1 County Commissioner Nick Nicholson. “It has been a priority for me and my fellow commissioners to help make that happen through an aggressive economic development program that has proven results.”
Hernando County Administrator Len Sossaman said that the jobs approved at the August 9, 2016, meeting will have salaries ranging between $36,000 and $48,000 per year. Sossaman says on a scale from one to ten, he would give the County Commission a solid 10 for their work to bring jobs to the county. “Without their support and approval, it wouldn’t have happened,” said Sossaman.
During the August 9th meeting Commissioners approved the following agenda items:
- Barrette Outdoor Living – 60 new jobs in addition to 187 current full-time employees. The company makes fencing, railing, and outdoor storage buildings. It is located at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center.
- Surge Suppression, Inc. – 10 new jobs in addition to 32 current full-time employees. The company makes surge protection devices for AC and DC power systems and for data and telecommunication systems.
- Premier Pharmacy – 22 new jobs in addition to 18 current full-time employees. The company is a sterile compounding facility servicing hospitals, surgery centers and clinics through the U.S. The company is purchasing an existing 19,000 square foot facility at the Airport & Technology Center which will result in $5.8 million in capital expenditures over the next four years.
“We are committed to diversifying the portfolio of employers we have in the county,” said District 2 Hernando County Commissioner Wayne Dukes. He goes on to say “We remain a great community for families and retirees, and we are creating high quality jobs by attracting new businesses and helping our local businesses grow.”
Nicholson says “Our residents have said that having good-paying jobs is a priority and we take that to heart. In addition to being fiscally responsible and providing quality government services, job creation is at the top of our list and we can see that it is working.”
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