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Forum at Fairgrounds aims to help heal breach between East and West
By Pat Andrews
posted Aug 13, 2013 - 1:16:46pm
State House Rep. David Santiago said he noticed something during his first term: The Florida counties that are most successful in attracting new employers and jobs are those that make a unified effort.
Santiago, who represents District 27, made up mostly of Deltona, is concerned about the infamous "Palmetto Curtain" dividing the east and west sides of Volusia County.
"How do we join forces in the county at business and government levels? How do we bring down that Palmetto Curtain?" he asked.
Santiago hopes to find some answers at an "East Meets West" forum he's hosting 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 16, in the Talton Exhibit Hall on the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave. in DeLand.
Political and business leaders — and anyone interested — are all invited to attend, he said.
Guest speakers will be Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and members of Enterprise Florida.
Santiago said he's also invited members of the Florida Banking Association. He said business owners have told him they have a hard time accessing needed capital for expansion, while bankers say they are lending more than ever. So, Santiago is bringing the two groups together, and banking officials can share information about their products and services.
There will be time for questions and networking, Santiago said.
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