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Economic leaders spread local message - 02/26/2015

By DUSTY RICKETTS | Daily News   Trying to bring new jobs to Northwest Florida, and protect the ones that are already here, can’t always be done from home.   Having retur...

Grant funding for UAV Center & Other initiatives - 02/24/2015

By DUSTY RICKETTS | Daily News   FORT WALTON BEACH — The Okaloosa County Economic Development Council has been awarded a state grant that will partially be used to fund further st...

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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.

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 7 & 8, 2015
36th Annual Home Show - The 36th Annual Building Industry Association will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Saturday, March 7th, the show is from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, March 8th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Advance tickets are $2 and can be purchased at any Eglin Federal Credit Union branch. Tickets at the door are $5. 

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


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