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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 September 10, 2015, Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Enterprise Florida, gives a very high energy speech at the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County's third and final roundtable of FY 2015.
Secretary Johnson's passion for Florida was evident and he sees tremendous opportunity in the Panhandle and spoke highly of the region’s willingness to work as one to promote economic development. He also noted the significance of the $1.5 billion Triumph opportunity for the eight counties that were disproportionately affected by the Deepwater Horizons oil spill. The state's continued investment in sound infrastructure systems including highways, ports and airports will help us prevail in the competition for new jobs.
The EDC thanks our event sponsors: Coastal Bank and Trust, Warren Averett and Okaloosa Gas District. A special thank you to Cox Communications for taping the event!
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.
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.
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