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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...

EDC Celebrates 25 Years - 10/16/2014

By DUSTY RICKETTS | Daily News   OKALOOSA ISLAND — By all accounts, the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council had a banner year as it celebrated its 25 anniversary in 2014....

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EDC ROUNDTABLE SYMPOSIUMS
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!


COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

 
November 13, 2014
Sip & Bid During Second Bourbon at the Bay. Kick off your holiday season – and shopping – in style with the 2nd Bourbon at the Bay sponsored by Coastal Bank and Trust. Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne, try your luck in the wine pull, and bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the silent auction. The event will be held at Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Event tickets are $35 per person, which includes a commemorative tasting glass for the first 140 people through the door. For an updated list of auction items, ticket information, and more, visit DestinChamber.com or follow Facebook.com/BourbonAtTheBay.
 
To submit your community or business event, please submit it to caroline@florida-edc.org. 

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