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Economic yearbook 2011

Big Bend - Yearbook

| 4/1/2011

Taylor / Gilchrist Counties

Taylor Population: 21,672
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 0.85%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
17.1% 5.5% 29.0% 33.9% 14.5%
Per Capita Income: $26,553

Development plans long in permitting stages have received state approval, promising significant economic boosts for Taylor County, says Rick Breer, director of the Taylor County Development Authority. The Reserve at Sweetwater Estuary will be a golf resort development on 1,291 acres owned by J. Crayton Pruitt. Also approved was the county's updated comprehensive plan incorporating land-use planning by Foley Timber, the largest landholder in Taylor. Foley now can move ahead with development plans for some 45,000 acres, of which 14,000 will be for business use, says Bo Taff, the company's senior vice president for planning.

Gilchrist Population: 17,640
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.05%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
18.3% 7.6% 26.8% 30.8% 16.5%
Per Capita Income: $29,864

Kyle Stone
Kyle Stone
Broadband is the best thing going forward for Gilchrist — and likely for the entire region, says Kyle Stone, executive director of the Gilchrist Chamber of Commerce. The North Florida Economic Development Partnership will start bringing high-speed connectivity to 15 counties in the third quarter, aided by a $31.1-million grant from the Department of Commerce, says Jeff Hendry, partnership staffer at Florida State University.

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