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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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  • Canada is real so is n Korea. Paranoia and extreme nationalism, voodoo econ don’t substitute for facts.

    Liberal capitalist countries around the globe are beating is. Mostly because the useful ones believe the b’s spin of the gop. You can spin all the gop b’s you want, the evidence is clear.

    Thump represents what is known to not work. Not here or in other countries. As much as I hate Hillary, she’s right of ike and our only really option.

    Sunday, 28 August 2016, 1:39 pm
  • Our country commission has done little to be excited about.

    Those who don’t understand gov or econ will continue to vote gop as we fall further behind our allies.

    It’s not a matter of blaming Bush. It’s about understanding the disaster he put us in with his policies and getting out of it, catching up to the rest of our allies.

    You don’t move forward by voting for what we know doesn’t work. Yes, thinking and voting gop do not mix. You move forward by doing what works in other countries and in our history.

    Voodoo econ doesn’t, has never worked. Just look at out allies, our history. Ike had the top rate at 91 percent. Today’s gop has zero science, zero common sense.

    Saturday, 27 August 2016, 9:52 am
    • High tax rates were imposed after WW2 to finance the Marshall Plan, pay for post-war reconstruction and to pay down the war debt. After Eisenhower left office, Kennedy reduced the rates. When Johnson took office there were plenty of tax receipts to fund the Great Society effort. All Presidents continued this trend of lowering the upper rate until Clinton raised taxes. W lowered the highest rate then Obama raised it back…but not since the Fifties has there been anything near a 90% tax bracket…and the US has experienced plenty of growth and boom periods since, including the Reagan era. High tax rates suppress growth, long-term capital investments for businesses, employment, consumption and personal investments…to name but a few. In addition…such rates are nothing short of robbery of the wealth creating class.

      Saturday, 27 August 2016, 11:03 am
    • Bush was 8 years ago, get over it.

      Saturday, 27 August 2016, 11:56 am
  • What are you saying, Ms. Smoe? That it’s okay to steal money from some people (the tax”payers”) in order to provide for those deemed to be “less fortunate”? That the use of force or the threat of force is a proper and civilized way to conduct one’s political life?

    Saturday, 27 August 2016, 5:54 am
  • The amount of negativism spouted in these comments is amazing. Why can’t you people (not all) just be happy that there is good news which might just show a positive side to our county? I would be willing to bet that the ugliness that is spewed from some of these people is due to the fact that they didn’t win the lottery instead of not having their “entitled” big paying job.

    It’s such a pity that we can’t accept good news and be grateful that we are doing better than most other counties in the state. I say – WAY TO GO BOCC FOR CONTINUING TO FIGHT FOR ALL OF US!

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 5:57 pm
  • Not holding my breath waiting for an answer, I went to the BOCC website and opened the 1,222-page agenda.
    Surge Suppression Inc. has an incentive contract with the BOCC that will pay SSI $30,000 over a five (5) year period from the existing incentive fund. SSI also gets building permit and impact fee mitigation.
    Premier Pharmacy has been approved for Qualified Targeted Industry Incentives from the State of Florida in the amount of $132,000 with local financial support in the amount of $26,400 which was approved by the BOCC on June 28, 2016 under “Project Ernest”.
    Barrette Outdoor Living was approved for $387,000, payable over a five (5) year period. Budget years 2017 through 2021. Incentives will be paid from the existing incentive fund.

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 2:20 pm
    • Thanks Charlie. The article is a bit misleading in that area by saying jobs were approved and not taxpayer funded incentives..

      Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:24 pm
    • LOL! Great work Charlie! These are facts that should have been included in the original article…but then…it wouldn’t have painted such a rosy picture for the taxpayers,now would it?

      Can you hear me Major Tom?

      Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:32 pm
    • Why is Surge Suppression Inc., Getting incentives? That is Dennis Willfongs company that has been here for years. Surge Suppression got a large package deal years ago through the Hernando Mafia connection… this is strange.

      Monday, 29 August 2016, 7:32 am
  • BOCC didn’t approve private sector jobs. BOCC approved private sector job creation “incentives” for three private companies. What were the incentives? Tax breaks or a wad of cash? Incentives are regarded in two ways: 1. Taxpayers money subsidizes private enterprise. 2. Long-term tax load lightened by expanded tax base. So what is it?

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 1:49 pm
  • Yeah Mr Gault, that’s why a lag the industrialized world in standard of living, healthcare, disposable income, happiness, etc for the last 30 years. We do lead civilization in murders, crime and gun ownership.

    Our unemployment rate is what 15 percent? Our state sucks compared to what we could accomplish. People who voted for the Bush disaster twice are just amazing studies.

    Thinking is difficult, but much better than voting for the gop.

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:27 am
    • Thinking is difficult which is why you fail at it. We’re coming off 8 years of Obama and you still want to blame Bush, not that he was the greatest, on everything? Not to mention Bush’s policy’s aren’t what blew up the housing market. We have Obamacare now so why are you complaining about healthcare? Also we don’t lead civilization in what you said except gun ownership which also has zero correlation with crime. You seriously need to take your own advice and critically think and study what you think. Now you laid out a broad range of topics, I’d be perfectly willing to hand your ass to you in any of them if you so wish.

      Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:02 pm
      • lean, the problem is we are still paying for the Bush debacles. You can make the argument that Obama pulled out troops to soon, but it was Bush’s fault we had troops to pull out. The Iraq war was the first time in history America went to war and cut taxes to pay for it. Secondly, one of the largest socialist giveaway programs in HISTORY came from W Bush known as medicare part D. Again, unfunded with no offset in spending.

        As far as this county commission goes, we see what they want us to see. There are backroom deals and even Hillary inspired private email accounts to avoid public scrutiny. There are a few power brokers up on the hill that line up like pigs at the trough when they smell a chance to rid us of tax dollars. Any county administrator who doesn’t align with them gets run off (Dave Hamilton) Look at the Hernando Beach dredge, over 20 million spent for a 6 million dollar project and boy did the little pigs line up!

        Saturday, 27 August 2016, 3:58 pm
  • Our son in law, he is a very smart, is talking to the people who work at the county to relocate their business here. They have all been very helpful and taken so much time with them. He is very happy with all of the attention and help they have received. He has been very impressed. My husband says this will be 10 people relocating and 30 new jobs for the area. We are thrilled and thankful!

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 7:47 am
  • States and counties compete for jobs. I’m glad to see our commissioners understand that and are not just sitting on their thumbs. However, why would they need to “approve” private employers adding jobs?

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 7:26 am
  • It’s simply amazing how joeblow, hhm 2016, really old dumbasses and john gault show a lack in understanding economics. Soley based on their posts, i believe each of these posters should improve their job creation and retention understanding. They would then be able to answer their own questions.

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 7:05 am
    • I’ve studied micro,macro and international economics at the university level.I fail to see the relevance of this article other than the fact that it kisses the commissioners’ a$$es. Mr lemons did not include specific information as to how,exactly, the HCBOCC ‘took action that will result in 100 new jobs’.
      From past experience (we’ve lived here many years) the HCBOCC will keep negotiations with companies under wraps (yes, it’s necessary to maintain secrecy during negotiations) then they will make ‘the big announcement’ and tell all of us taxpayers how much we’re on the hook for. Is that your idea of ‘job creation’? Using OPM to institutionalize corporate handouts? And when those handouts/tax breaks etc…expire…how’s that going to work out in terms of ‘job retention’? It will only result in a higher millage rate, long-term. And that’s not healthy for the overall economy…for ‘the little guy’ with no connections, who’s trying to start a business here. Get a clue.

      Mr Lemons: It’s your job to report the news…and ALL of the facts. It is not sufficient to simply tell readers with valid questions to ‘go to the HCBOCC meetings’ if you want to find out about how our tax dollars are being spent.

      Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:32 am
      • “International Economics at the university level”… That is very impressive!!! It’s a shame your grammar level didn’t progress past junior high.

        Monday, 29 August 2016, 7:42 am
    • Actually it’s simply amazing how you apparently don’t know how capitalism is suppose to work. Which one of them is wrong and why? You neglected to say anything about that other than take a little shot at them on your high horse. Do you want to argue that increased government involvement creates more wealth? Because I have no idea what kind of economics you know whether it be reality, hypothetical or only trash talk economics.

      Friday, 26 August 2016, 2:51 pm
  • our county commissioners are a bunch of losers, get rid of them

    Friday, 26 August 2016, 5:01 am
    • Doc perhaps you should run for a seat. Show us how it is done.

      Monday, 29 August 2016, 7:31 am
  • I don’t think it’s governments responsibility to ensure jobs. Get out of the way of free enterprise and let capitalism do its thing. Less is more.

    Thursday, 25 August 2016, 8:51 pm
  • What a bunch of bullshit…Low paying jobs with no future a retail economy is all that exsist here…No Mfg ., no tourism, no tech,no innovation. .. Toot your horn Coomish all you want you are old have no creativity. DO WE HAVE A 3 d printing center? Do we have a tech corridor in all these vacant spaces?

    Thursday, 25 August 2016, 8:44 pm
  • Yeah, what is this? We need a government to “approve” jobs? Does that mean taxpayer monies are subsidizing these jobs? Please explain, Tom.

    Thursday, 25 August 2016, 8:42 pm
  • This is a pro-HCBOCC ‘feel good’ article. WHAT ‘action’ that will result in 100 new jobs in the community from three different companies could the County commission have taken,specifically?
    When a private company wants to expand,they hire.When they must downsize,they fire.
    Did the HCBOCC offer them more taxpayer-subsidized freebies in order to enable these private company expansions?
    Anything specific or is this just a fluff article?
    Let’s put the facts on the table.
    By the way. I hang up on their robo-calls and trash their mail circulars without looking at them.
    I’m voting against all incumbents this election.
    No more career politicians, please.
    Enough is enough!

    Thursday, 25 August 2016, 6:39 pm

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