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Fort Walton Machining Announces Expansion - 07/17/2015

FORT WALTON MACHINING ANNOUNCES EXPANSIONOkaloosa County, Florida (July 17, 2015) – Fort Walton Machining, a recognized leader in the manufacturing and assembly of custom designed, precision ...

The Voice Newsletter - July 2015 - 07/17/2015

This issue features an article by Nathan Sparks, Executive Director, about the future "generational and unprecedented opportunities" that have been afforded to Northwest Florida.&nbs...

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The EDC Roundtable is a symposium focused on providing EDC members, county and city officials, military delegates, and guests a unique networking opportunity with a keynote speaker. The EDC's morning roundtable event provides a buffet breakfast and features a keynote speaker providing pertinent information concerning Okaloosa County. Approximately 200 community leaders attend these informative morning symposiums.

On June 26, 2015, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County proudly presented our second roundtable of the year as we prepared to celebrate our Nation’s independence. The EDC of Okaloosa County invited business and community leaders and elected officials to hear from one of our country’s most important and enduring institutions. This roundtable featured speaker Ms. Adrienne C. Slack - Vice President and Regional Executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – New Orleans Branch. CenturyLink Business was the signature sponsor for this event held at Northwest Florida State College. 


2015 Events

On March 31, 2015, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County proudly presented our first roundtable of the year by celebrating Okaloosa County’s century of progress, focusing on key drivers in the Okaloosa County economy. The event was entitled “Fishhooks, Ferris Wheels & F-35s: A Century of Progress”.  Panelists included Captain Kelly Windes - Charter Boat Sunrise & Okaloosa Commissioner, Greg Britton - Fort Walton Machining & Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council Chairman, Gordy Fornell - Lt. Gen. USAF, Ret. and Ed Schroeder - Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department. The panel was moderated by Dr. David Goetsch.
“With Okaloosa County's centennial celebration this year, we felt it appropriate to use the EDC's first Roundtable breakfast of 2015 as an opportunity to highlight some of the economic sectors that have contributed to our county's progress over the past 100 years.  Defense, tourism, commercial fishing and manufacturing have all played key roles in shaping the Okaloosa County of today, and we are fortunate to have some of the most noted representatives of these sectors committed to speak on March 31.,” stated Nathan Sparks, EDC Executive Director. The event was held at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island.  Sponsors included CHELCO, Gulf Power, North Okaloosa Medical Center and Warren Averett. 

In 2014, in recognition of the EDC's 25th anniversary, the organization launched a multi-part roundtable series focusing on key drivers of the Okaloosa County economy.
  • February 26, 2014 - The first event was entitled “Workforce and Education in the New Economy”, and was designed to provide forward-looking insight into the future vision of area education and workforce development leaders. Keynote panelists included: Ron Garriga – Director of Campus Operations - Northern Florida, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Mary Beth Jackson – Superintendent, Okaloosa County School District; Dr. Margareth Larose-Pierre – Associate Dean and Professor, FAMU College of Pharmacy; Dr. Pam Northrup – Executive Director & Associate Provost, Academic Innovation, University of West Florida; Dennis Sherwood – Dean of Career & Technical Education, Northwest Florida State College; Linda Sumblin – Executive Director, CareerSource Okaloosa Walton. The panel was moderated by Dr. David Goetsch.
  • May 6, 2014 - “The Future of Transportation" was designed to provide insight into long-term transportation planning while also allowing state and local transportation leaders to share their visions. Secretary Ananth Prasad, Florida Department of Transportation will served as the event’s keynote speaker. The event also featured panelists offering local perspective including James Wood – Chairman, Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization & Destin City Councilman; Sunil Harman – Airports Director, Okaloosa County; and John Hofstad – Public Works Director, Okaloosa County. The panel was moderated by Mike Chesser, a local attorney and Chairman of the North Okaloosa Transportation Committee.
  • August 19, 2014 - The last and final event was entitled “Building a Culture of Entrepreneurship”.  Panelists included Dr. Susan Amat – Founder of Venture Hive, a renowned Miami-based technology incubator and accelerator; Louis Erickson – COO and Co-Founder of Bit-Wizards, a leading technology business based in Fort Walton Beach; and Blaire Martin, Director of Florida Angel Nexus, an Orlando-based organization focused on supporting the growth of Angel investor groups throughout the state. The panel was moderated by Dr. David Goetsch. 
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The EDC welcomes the opportunity to promote noteworthy events taking place in Okaloosa County.  Check back often for current listings. 
September 10, 2015
Charting Florida's Economic Future EDC Roundtable Event - The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County proudly presents our third and final roundtable of this fiscal year. Our featured speaker is Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc. The event will be held at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort located at 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach starting at 7:30 AM. The event is open to the public but registration is required. The registration fee is $25. Please register online or call the EDC at 850-362-6467.

September 26, 2015
Hispanic Fest 2015 – This festival is a family-oriented cultural and educational event showcasing the very best of Hispanic music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, and the flavors and aromas of delicious cuisine. Last year over 1,000 people attended, with over 50 vendors and entertainment. This year, a Fashion Show will be added along with several other fun and exciting activities. HF15 is a charity fundraiser, and all the proceeds will benefit United for a Good Cause Inc.’s Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children's Fiesta.  The festival will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact David Triana at dt4alexis@gmail.com
November 12 & 13, 2015
3rd Annual Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium - The Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium provides a forum for leadership in transportation to explore cross-organization collaboration, develop lasting local and regional partnerships, share best practices, and give innovators a platform to inspire others. This well-attended event brings together professionals and policy-makers to openly discuss ways we can adapt our transportation system to the 21st century economic and environmental realities. Early bird registration and sponsorship opportunities are available! Find out more about this event
To submit your community or business event, please submit it to caroline@florida-edc.org. 


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