Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH Fla. (WMBB) – Many new businesses have opened in Bay County over the past two years, more have grown.
The Bay County Chamber of Commerce celebrated this growth on Friday morning at the annual Industry Appreciation Awards.
President Christopher Moore said there was nothing quite like coming together to celebrate the businesses that are diversifying Bay County.
“What a great event,” Moore said. “It was the coming together of industries and the recognition of all the great things happening in Panama City.”
The Chamber of Commerce rewarded five companies which have the qualities of innovation, growth and resilience.
One of them was one of Bay County’s largest employers, Eastern Shipbuilding Group.
President Joey Disernia said they represent a group of hard-working people who live in Bay County.
“Our growth is primarily driven by the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter Project and we intend to continue to grow,” said Disernia. “We are a little over 1,300 people.
Disernia said this month that they are starting their third Coast Guard and if they win the tender for the Coast Guard’s second contract, it could create 1,800 more jobs.
“This is something that will provide an injection of capital into Bay County and surrounding areas for decades to come,” Disernia said.
Keynote speaker Neal Dunn said he has seen our region rebuild after Hurricane Michael, to be better than before and to open doors to new opportunities.
“It’s not just tourism, it’s not just people coming to Florida because it’s a great state,” Dunn said. “It’s a great place to work, live and play, but it’s also a real industry, a real smart industry. “
Dunn said community leaders are shaping Bay County’s future for generations to come.
“Great, innovative people here, great businessmen and businesswomen and they are a whole bunch of old friends too,” said Dunn.
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