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Okaloosa #4 in US - Job Growth in Construction - 11/21/2014

By THOMAS BONI / Crestview News Bulletin   Published: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 04:59 PM.     CRESTVIEW — Talent Tribune, a human resources blog, has named the ...

The Voice Newsletter - October 2014 - 10/28/2014

Read the October 2014 Newsletter here This issue features an article by Nathan Sparks, Executive Director, noting recent initiatives and partnerships. Specifically, Nathan provides informat...

Symposium Information | Sponsorship | Speakers
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.

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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Contact the EDC today for your sponsorship level!


The EDC welcomes the opportunity to promote noteworthy events taking place in Okaloosa County.  Check back often for current listings. 

December 3-5, 2014
11th Annual Manufacturers Summit & Marketplace - The event includes: Manufacturing Showcase; Best Practices from 2013 Manufacturers of the Year; Sessions on manufacturing and the military, business profitability, manufacturing research, and growing globally; Presentation of awards; Silent auction and Business meetings of the MAF and the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence. This event brings manufacturers, economic developers, educators, professional service providers and more across the state together to learn, share and network to improve the business climate for Florida manufacturers. The event will be held at the Baytowne Conference Center. Click here to visit the NWFMC website and register for the event

December 3, 2014
Manufacturers Lightning Round (Associated with 11th Annual Manufacturers Summit)
This invitation provides Florida manufacturers the opportunity to showcase what is "Made in Florida". The Lightning Round will be held from 4:00-6:00 allowing manufacturers to share their stories about their products and their need for skilled labor to continue to thrive in the manufacturing industry. There is no additional charge for this, just send an email to Cindy@NWFMC.org , if you would like to participate. Space will be provided and manufacturing companies are welcome to bring examples of your product, brochures, etc. 
December 13, 2014
36th Jingle Bell Jog by the SFA7 -This year marks the 36th Annual Jingle Bell Jog hosted by the Special Forces Association Chapter 7 to support the families of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), with particular emphasis on providing support to our fallen Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. The race starts at 9:00 AM at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Register online at www.SFA7.com. 

December 14, 2014
Destin Harbor Boat Parade - The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 28th Annual Destin Boat Parade. Come enjoy live music, children’s arts and craft and hot chocolate! Visit with Santa Claus from 12-4 PM. Boat Parade begins at 6pm. Following the parade will be a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor. 
December 20, 2014 
Bluewater Bay Marina Christmas Boat Parade – Boat Parade and Decorating Contest through Rocky Bayou. The parade will start at 5:30 PM and will end at 7:00 PM. Visit www.bluewaterbaymarina.com or call 850-897-2821 for more information. 
To submit your community or business event, please submit it to caroline@florida-edc.org. 


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