TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Economic Forum on Thursday morning, discussing the 2018 year and projections for job growth areas and industries.
According to Chief Economist of Florida Chamber Foundation, Dr. Jerry Parrish, Tallahassee has seen tremendous growth from private sector and partnering with public sector projects. He said they’ve even seen an uptick in regards to hiring.
The findings also show that Florida is expected to be a $1 trillion economy in GDP. That means if Tallahassee was an independent country, it would be the 16th largest economy in the world.
Dr. Parrish said he believes the future of Florida is bright. Tallahassee has seen growth in manufacturing, professional business services, and innovation economy.
“Tallahassee is the place to business, and we’re finding that industries and our existing industries are seeing that the economy is showing time to re-invest and to hire more individuals, put in money into capital improvements if necessary, and it’s very positive right now. All indicators are showing 2018 will be a strong year,” said Great Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce President, Sue Dick.
According to Dr. Parrish, the best way to continue seeing growth is to take advantage of Tallahassee Community College. He said all of the state colleges are producing the graduates that we will need for the next 15 years. They will help diversify economy and create more jobs for the future.