From: Ozarks First

Stone County is doing well economically according to a consultant for Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce.

It was a good turnout at the first ever public economic development summit this afternoon in Reeds Spring.

Stone County is growing in population so county leaders wanted to look at what’s working, and what needs to be improved.

Rob O’Brian, chamber consultant, talks about the things that have increased in Stone County, “job base in Stone County has gone up 28 percent in the last 5 years, compared to about 7 percent in the state.”

Sheila Thomas, president & CEO of Table Rock Commerce, feels weather and business is what is bringing the people in, “I think our seasonality is probably, in particularly Stone County, is probably a challenge, because the lake is only viable for a few months. But I think we’ve got several successful businesses are proving that is possible.”

Consultants say Stone County also needs to work on the skill gap of higher wage jobs  like many cities across the county.

They also want leaders to focus on education training and affordable housing.