While residents and guests are enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, the economic forecast is for a chance of storms. But in this case, that’s a good thing.
The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council will meet today to discuss “Project Storm,” a high-tech company that is considering locating in the county.
“It is a very cool project,” said Helga van Eckert, executive director of the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity. “This is a very exciting project for us.”
Described as a “cloud-based solutions company,” Project Storm could bring as many as 100 jobs to the county over the next three years, van Eckert said. While company officials have not made a final decision, van Eckert said it would be a good fit for Flagler County and fits in with the strategic goals the economic board outlined at a retreat held last year.
“It will have a good impact on the community,” she said. “The goal is to have this type of industry flourish in this area as a result of these guys coming in.”
Van Eckert also said the company could also be the kind of solid business that will become part of the local economy longterm.
“One of the things I find to be the best about this, they’ve got a great growth plan,” she said. Flagler County Commissioner Barbara Revels, who serves as EOAC chairwoman, said she is not surprised with the progress made in the county’s economic development effort. “I’m not surprised, although I can’t say the economy starting to get a feel of rebirth hasn’t helped,” she said. Revels had praise for the EOAC members and for van Eckert in moving the county’s economic development efforts forward, and she also said local residents have had a hand in recent successes, including the landing of two companies last year, Designs for Health and WP Rawl.
“To me, it’s been a coming together of a lot of factors, but I cannot praise enough the EOAC and Helga van Eckert’s efforts in making them happen,” she said. “I know there’s more to come.” The EOAC meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the board chambers of the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell.