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The Voice Newsletter - March 2015 - 03/27/2015

Read the March newsletter here This issue features an article by Nathan Sparks, Executive Director, summarizing the successful "Next 25" Campaign and identifying the Campaign Comm...

Roundtable Event with Century of Progress Focus - 03/17/2015

EDC of Okaloosa County to Host Roundtable Event with Century of Progress Focus   Okaloosa County, FL - The Economic Development Council proudly presents our first roundtable of the year...

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 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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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. 
March 31, 2015
Fishhooks, Ferris Wheels and F-35s: A Century of Progress EDC Roundtable Event - The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County proudly presents our first roundtable of the year by celebrating Okaloosa County's century of progress, focusing on key drivers in the Okaloosa County Economy. Event is March 31, 2015 from 7:30 - 9:30 AM at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. Registration is $25 and event is open to the public.

April 9, 2015
Finest on the Emerald Coast - Winners event, Thursday, April 9 at the Emerald Grande, HarborWalk Village from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The Emerald Grande's picturesque backdrop of turquoise waters, sugary sand and beautiful beaches will host more than 75 booths for the evening. Embellish in a night packed with delicious food, great entertainment and recognition of the Finest winners. Visit the winners tables and taste and see why their businesses were voted by you to be the "Finest on the Emerald Coast." Stick around for the "Grande" finale of the night, FIREWORKS! Purchase your ticket now through the Northwest Florida Daily News portal and receive a discounted rate. The ticket price the day of the event and at the gate will be $35. 

April 10, 2015
4th Annual Women on Wellness Symposium - The event will be held from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Resort on Okaloosa Island.  This one day educational and energizing conference is aimed to help women achieve balance and success in life, work, and health.  Attendees will hear dynamic presentations by local physicians and business experts, as well as national renowned keynote speaker Zonya Foco, RD.  Join us to learn how to increase your resilience, eat better, lead a more balanced life and improve relationships, communications, and overall wellness.  To register or obtain more information, visit www.WomenOnWellness.org or call 850-729-9460.  Attendees to this year’s event will receive a free, one year membership to H2U: Health to You—a health and wellness program provided by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. Additional Women on Wellness speakers include: Domenica Farmer, Waste Management; Kelly Light, RN, BSN, Twin Cities Hospital H2U, Dr. Brenda Moore, Dr. Anthony Brothers, and Kelly Haney, and more. To view the full agenda and register today, visit www.WomenOnWellness.org.  Early registrants receive a discount through March 27th!

April 22, 2015
Florida Manufacturing Career Fair - This event will be held at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville Campus in the Student Services Center from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Event partners include, Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, Florida Trade Advanced Manufacturing, MAF Center for AME, CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, Northwest Florida State College, Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council and TeCMEN. A limited amount of tables available for employers. There is no charge to participate in this event and employers will be provided a 6’ table and 2 chairs. The event will be marketed through local media and directly to registered job seekers. You are required to have an open position posted in www.employflorida.com and be willing to provide hiring information post hiring event. Please contact Liz Westby at  850-689-7823 ext 212 to reserve a table. Event flyer here
May 8, 2015
Hurlburt Chief's Group Annual Golf Tournament - The tournament will be held at Gator Lakes Golf Course on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM. Registration starts at 7:00 AM. There will be a four person scramble (limited to 30 teams) and there is a $50 entry fee per person. There will be door prizes along with prizes for the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and Hole in One Challenge. Sign up no later than May 1, 2015 by calling James Populis at 850-686-0400. Proceeds from this annual event will be used to contribute to the mentoring, moral and espirit de corps of over 8,500 airmen and their families assigned to Hurlburt Field. Your support is imperative to the continued success of this valueable outreach organization. Sponsorships are available and must be received no later than March 30th. 

To submit your community or business event, please submit it to caroline@florida-edc.org. 


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