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Economic yearbook 2011

Big Bend - Yearbook

| 4/1/2011

Hamilton/Suwannee/ Madison Counties

Hamilton Population: 14,946
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.20%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
17.1%
5.8% 30.2% 33.2% 13.7%
Per Capita Income: $20,673

Hamilton Energy Resource Opportunities is developing the 50-megawatt Hercules solar power project on 450 acres of previously farmed land in Hamilton County's Enterprise Zone. It could start operating this year. The town of White Springs, which calls itself Florida's original tourist destination, is working on a cultural heritage and eco-tourism master plan for economic development revitalization, says Susan Ramsey, director of the Hamilton County Development Authority.

Suwannee Population: 41,161
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.05%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
19.2% 5.7% 23.1% 32.6% 19.3%
Per Capita Income: $28,173

This year could see fruition of a pair of major economic development projects in Suwannee County, one in agriculture, the other in green energy, says Dennis Cason, president of the Suwannee County Economic Alliance.

Madison Population: 19,154
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 0.23%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
18.6% 6.0% 27.2% 31.8% 16.4%
Per Capita Income: $25,220

In Madison County, a $30-million tourism destination is being developed on 4,700 acres of woodlands purchased in 2008 by entrepreneur Bob Williamson. Honey Lake Plantation, a resort and spa, will have 21 buildings and offer access to the 80-acre Honey Lake and the Little Aucilla River, says sales director Ted Ensminger.

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