Partnerships good for all

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Across the state, public/private partnerships are the forces that are driving economic development.

Here in Covington County, those partnerships also are driving both economic development, and quality of life projects.

This week, officials are finalizing a deal between the Covington County Commission, the City of Opp, and Alabama Aerospace Manufacturing and Georgia Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing that will ultimately mean 80 new jobs in Opp.

More jobs in Opp means more residents in the county, more disposable income, and generally increased prosperity.

The case was similar when the Opp Trailmasters partnered with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to develop a new playground at Frank Jackson State Park.

The state purchased the playground equipment, and the Trailmasters provided the labor for assembly, and the ground work needed to make it possible. In working to provide great facilities for area kids, they also provided some quality of life enhancement for economic development.

More and more, good projects require the collaboration of governments, business and individuals willing to contribute sweat equity. We salute those who are building partnerships in our county.