Vision of Progress Broadcast 2015
February 2015 (Click here to watch video)
Nathan Sparks, EDC Executive Director, talks with Alicia Bookout, Troy University District Director, about Troy University’s locations and programs globally as well as in our local area. Nathan and Alicia talk about the programs for international students and military personnel. Alicia outlines some of the current programs the college provides and vision for future programs.

May 2015 (Click here to watch video)
Nathan Sparks, EDC Executive Director, talks with Dave Robau, founder of the Gulf Coast Energy Network. Nathan and Dave talk about the successful Power Up Expos, which now have international participation. Tune in to learn more about the future Advanced Technology Center and how Dave partners with major utility companies who all have a vested interest in the future energy needs of our community. 

July 2015 (Click here to watch video)
Nathan Sparks talks with Melinda Bowers, the new executive director of University of West Florida- Emerald Coast. Melinda speaks about the degree programs that UWF Emerald Coast has to offer as well as the move of engineering programs to the UWF Emerald Coast Campus and a new mechanical engineering program starting in the fall of 2017. She touches on UWF Emerald Coast’s involvement in various organizations and programs to further its local footprint.

October 2015 (Click here to watch video)
Nathan Sparks talks with Robert Sires, President and CEO of Bay State Cable Ties about their expansion in Crestview, Florida. Gov. Rick Scott visited the plant in September 2015 to help the company celebrate its growth and the success of state and local programs that kept the company at the Okaloosa Industrial Air Park. Twelve years ago, Bay State distributed Chinese-made cable ties in Massachusetts but was lured to Crestview. Earlier this year, Enterprise Florida, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, Okaloosa County government and other entities crafted business development incentives that allowed Bay State to expand and facilitated its new addition's construction. “It went up in six months: from the day we decided to do it until the day it was finished,” Sires said. “Florida has a lot less red tape. I have a manufacturing facility in Connecticut. There, it (approval of plans) takes months. Here, it’s days.” The expansion will add 40 employees to Bay State’s 100-person workforce. Sires said he expects production to reach close to 2 billion cable ties this year, up a half-billion from last year. Nathan and Bob discuss how Bay State Cable Ties has proven that it can compete globally with China and Mexico and is disproving the myth that manufacturing is dead in America.

December 2015 (Click here to watch video)
Nathan Sparks, EDC Executive Director, talks with Greg Britton, C.E.O. of Fort Walton Machining. Nathan and Greg discuss in detail the growth of Fort Walton Machining over the years, Fort Walton Machining’s current expansion plans, and their recent visit from Governor Rick Scott. Nathan also talks about how Mr. Britton leaves his local footprint as the Northwest Florida Manufacturer’s Council Chairman and as the current EDC Chairman.

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