Citrus County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Josh Wooten outlined economic growth opportunities and challenges facing the Citrus County community and industry in 2018 in an interview with Florida Business Daily.
Question: What do you expect to see this year?
Answer: Citrus County is poised for growth this year as construction begins a resurgence, the Suncoast Parkway extension begins construction, the natural gas plant at the Duke facility goes online, and medical services continue to expand.
Q: Who benefits/loses?
A: All residents should benefit as payrolls grow and the tax base increases.
Q: How should businesses/consumers approach the year from an economic viewpoint?
A: Cautiously optimistic.
Q: Which sectors do you see ripe for growth?
A: Construction/trades, medical services and tourism.
Q: Which sectors do you think will continue to sink?
A: Storefront retail will continue to be a challenge in 2018.