Panama City Fl Real Estate

Regional marketing for airport touted

By Daniel Carson News Herald Writer 747-5071 /

PANAMA CITY The new Panama City-Bay County International Airport won’t be completed and open until at least 2009, but it’s already being used in conjunction with Bay County marketing efforts to industries, tourists and potential airline carriers. Wednesday’s Regional Airport Commerce Council meeting brought together boosters from several Northwest Florida counties to coordinate a regional marketing approach to the new airport.

The newly formed group, which has drawn membership from chambers of commerce, government organizations and businesses in Bay and nine area counties, met in Panama City Beach.

Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce President Debi Knight said the council would pool data and input from the meeting and start to come up with more regional marketing strategies.

While Knight acknowledged the new airport’s potential impact on Bay County, she said officials from other Northwest Florida chambers of commerce also have a keen interest in its future success.

“The airport is probably one of the number one priorities for surrounding counties,