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What does your investment support?(PDF)Investor Commitment Form (Word)

The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County is a not-for-profit private-public partnership serving Okaloosa County as its primary economic development and business advocacy organization committed to the continual growth and diversification of its economy.

A not-for-profit organization exists to provide a public service to the community rather than to make a profit, accrue earnings...the primary objective of the organization is something other than making a money. Non-profit organizations typically rely on contributions (memberships) to fund the services they provide.

Every organization or entity that invests derives benefits from the EDC's commitment to Okaloosa's industrial growth and unparalleled quality of living. 

EDC Investor Roster:

Investment Levels
Trustee ($3,000), Corporate ($1,000), and Enterprise ($500)

Trustee investors are organizations or entities at the highest level. Their commitment to the EDC's efforts, both in resources and involvement, reflect the highest level of support toward the community's economic growth. Each Trustee organization's chief executive officer or designated representative is a member of the EDC Business Leadership Council.

The EDC hosts an annual fall reception in honor of the new investors received during that fiscal year. The EDC Executive Committee and staff enjoy networking with the new member companies providing them the opportunity to introduce and promote their business.

View the EDC's Fiscal Year 2016 Accomplishments

There are many benefits of being an EDC Investor which include local and worldwide recognition through our website and publications. There are also many opportunities to participate on EDC committees and in networking activities and special events. 

What does your investment in the EDC support?

  • Regular interface with existing Okaloosa County industries designed to identify issues and opportunities that local businesses are facing.  Once issues are identified, the EDC serves as the facilitator of impactful, real world solutions offered by a number of state and local partner agencies.
  • A common voice for pro-business local, state and federal regulatory measures including state and federal legislative advocacy of issues deemed important to Okaloosa County businesses.
  • Value-added networking and educational programs including EDC Roundtable events.
  • Continued presence of a strong and healthy Okaloosa County defense community – a critically important undertaking in the era of diminishing Department of Defense funding and federal sequestration.  The EDC’s three county Defense Support Initiatives (DSI) is recognized as a key voice for issues impacting the defense community and aiding the civilian communities that house them.
  • Continual industry diversification supported by the EDC’s TeCMEN (Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network) forum for manufacturing, engineering and technology companies to exchange ideas and establish successful teaming relationships for advanced STEM commercialization.
  • Innovative partnerships with Okaloosa County military installations designed to capitalize on the sizable economic impact of the military’s presence in the community allowing for ripple benefits into surrounding communities.
  • Collaboration with educational partners including the University of West Florida, Northwest Florida State College, Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide,the University of Florida’s REEF (Research, Engineering and Education Facility), Okaloosa Technical College and the Okaloosa County School District.
  • Coordinated workforce development strategies designed to facilitate Okaloosa County’s “workforce of tomorrow”.  As an example, the EDC has a proven track record of partnering to deliver highly regarded incumbent worker training programs at no cost to local industries.
  • Advocacy for needed expansion and improvement of local and regional infrastructure systems including transportation systems and utilities.
  • Collaboration with local governments and chambers of commerce for continual quality of place support and enhancement.
  • An aggressive job creation and business recruitment program designed to diversify Okaloosa County’s economy.   The EDC’s external marketing program targets growth-oriented businesses operating in sectors including aviation / aerospace, manufacturing, life sciences and alternative energy.  
  • Efforts to position Okaloosa County as a “location of choice” with commercial real estate brokers and corporate site selection consultants.
  • Development of a business assistance program for existing businesses to help secure their continual growth and competitiveness in today’s global economy.
  • Facilitation of a small business and entrepreneurial mentor program to include assistance in management, capital access, and marketing.
Additional benefits to being an investor include: 
  • Access to regional business leaders and information
  • Direct invitations to Roundtable symposiums. Trustee and Corporate Level Investors receive a number of annual complimentary tickets to use at these events. 
  • Invitation to an investor-only Annual Officer Installation and Investor Appreciation Reception
  • Opportunity to market at Industry Trade Shows
  • VIP briefings
  • Local industry tours
  • Networking events
  • Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network (TeCMEN) for qualified companies in the industry
Many not-for-profit organizations in Okaloosa County support the EDC with annual financial commitments because they recognize the importance of our efforts to foster industrial wealth. These organizations include professional associations, educational institutions, charities, and community services such as:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Okaloosa County
  • Bridgeway Center, Inc.
  • Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties
  • CareerSource Okaloosa Walton
  • Doolittle Institute
  • Emerald Coast Association of Realtors
  • Emerald Coast Autism Center
  • Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
  • Okaloosa County School Board
  • United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties

 *To receive additional information on becoming an EDC Investor, contact Nathan Sparks, EDC Executive Director. 

EDC Private Sector Connections

The EDC is poised for a new era of success and marked our 25th anniversary by launching a marketing campaign geared toward growing private sector investment in the EDC. Community and business leaders in key business sectors have stepped up and will lead the way to connect with businesses that are not presently involved with the EDC. Any organization who is committed to the future of our area and sees the big picture knows that more jobs in our economy means better things for everybody. We look forward to your involvement in the EDC!

Check out our Thank You Ad in the Northwest Florida Daily News featured February 1, 2015!

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