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The Voice Newsletter - January 2015 - 01/12/2015

Read the January 2015 Newsletter Here This issue features an article by Nathan Sparks, Executive Director, noting recent initiatives and partnerships and the path that the EDC will embark o...

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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. 
January 24, 2015 
Destin’s 5th Superhero Bayou, Bay & Back 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon Sponsored by Shoreline Church is set for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The race features USATF-certified 10K and Half Marathon courses, and racers are encouraged to embrace the superhero theme.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Registration for the event is now open on Active.com. Visit DestinChamber.com or follow Facebook.com/BayouBayBack for details.  Please call (850) 837-6241 for more information. 

January 27, 2015
Okaloosa County Strategic Planning Workshop - On Tuesday, January 27, Okaloosa County Commission Chairman Nathan Boyles will hold a workshop with fellow commissioners and departments to discuss strategic planning for 2015. “This workshop will give the Commission and County staff the opportunity to select concrete, achievable goals for Okaloosa County government based upon priorities developed through constituent input," said Chairman Boyles. The workshop will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

January 30, 2015
Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber Annual Awards Celebration - The celebration will begin at 6:00 PM. Enjoy dinner, beverages and Chamber awards. This year's theme is Grease, so lace up your saddle shoes and pull out your leather jackets! Register online here
To submit your community or business event, please submit it to caroline@florida-edc.org. 


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