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. In previous years, high profiles speakers have included a representative from the Federal Reserve Bank, the Florida Department of Transportation Director to the Florida Secretary of Commerce. 

The EDC's morning roundtable event provides a buffet breakfast and approximately 200 community leaders attend these informative morning symposiums.

New Leadership for a New Age: Higher Education

March-2017-Roundtable-Speaker-Picture.jpgOn March 21, 2017, the EDC of Okaloosa County welcomed new leadership to two of our county’s largest post-secondary educational institutions. Panelists included: Dr. Martha Saunders, President of the University of West Florida, and Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Northwest Florida State College.

The Signature Sponsor for this event was BBVA Compass Bank. A special thank you to: Gulf Reflections Photography Studio, the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort and the Choctaw High School JROTC.

The Sacred Trust: Military Support Organizations and our Great American Defense Community

Sept-2016-Roundtable-Community.jpgOn September 21, 2016, the EDC of Okaloosa County hosted a roundtable breakfast to celebrate our community’s recent designation as a “Great American Defense Community.” Panelists included: Alan Baggett – Executive VP, Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties; Teresa Halverson – President, Fisher House Emerald Coast; Robert Foster – Director, Venture Hive; and Linda Sumblin – Executive Director, CareerSource Okaloosa Walton. 

The Signature Sponsor for this event was Eglin Federal Credit Union. A special thank you to: Gulf Reflections Photography Studio and the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort.

Building a Healthy Okaloosa: Perspectives from the Healthcare C-Suite

Healthcare-Roundtable-2016.jpgOn May 24, 2016, the EDC of Okaloosa County hosted a roundtable breakfast  where guests gained valuable insight on the challenges and opportunities driving healthcare today.
Panelists included: Alan Gieseman – CEO, White Wilson Medical Center; Daniel Cobbs – CEO, Bridgeway Center Inc.; Dave Whalen – CEO, Twin Cities Hospital; Mitch Mongell – CEO, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; Roger Hall – President, Sacred Heart Emerald Coast; Ronnie Daves –  CEO, North Okaloosa Medical Center
A big thanks to our sponsors: Bay State Cable Ties, CHELCO, Soundside Wellness Consultants, and Warren Averett. A special thank you to: COX Communications, Gulf Reflections Photography Studio, Ramada Plaza Beach Resort 

Community Events

November 15, 2018
6th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC -  Kick off your holiday season – and shopping – in style with the 6th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC. Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne, try your luck in the Destin Commons wine pull, and bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the silent auction. Also enjoy the Beach Liquors Premium Tasting Table and bourbon-infused fondue from The Melting Pot. The event will be held at the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here

November 15 & 16
Power Up Energy Expo - Power Up Energy Expo is designed to promote a collaborative partnership and connect small and large companies with representatives from the Air Force, Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Energy. Power Up 2018 highlights military requirements and opportunities for energy and construction projects at military installations and throughout the community. This year's event includes a charity golf tournament on November 13th and a Military Industry Day Forum on November 14th followed by a benefit concert. Click on the link for additional details including the agenda and discount codes.

November 16 & 17, 2018
Destin's 12th Annual Holiday Craft Show - The City of Destin’s 12th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held at the Destin Community Center on Friday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and much more from over 50 vendors!  Vendor booths are available for $45/Destin residents and $55/non-residents (+$10 for a corner booth).  This includes an 8ft x 10ft space, one 6ft table, and two chairs.  Register early, as space is limited.  Admission to the public is free.  Please call the Community Center at 654-5184 for more information. The Destin Community Center is located at 101 Stahlman Ave, Destin, FL.

November 29, 2018
Sequins & Suits Auction and Wine Tasting Presented By Okaloosa Gas - Okaloosa Gas District presents the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce annual Sequins & Suits Charity Auction & Wine Tasting event at the beautiful Emerald Grande.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and a featured charity. This year's featured charity is Children In Crisis, Inc. This year's event will also feature amazing silent and live auctions, a wine tasting, delectable small plates, a fun wine pull, cash bar and more in a spectacular ballroom overlooking the harbor! The event will be held from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. Register now

December 8, 2018
Destin Christmas Parade - The City of Destin’s 34th Annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Beach." Floats will begin at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Blvd. (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators should stand on the north side of Harbor Blvd. to watch the parade. For those who wish to enter a float in the parade, applications are available at the Destin Community Center and online here. In lieu of an entry fee, each float entry must make a donation of a new toy for a local charity and drop it off at the Destin Community Center along with a completed application. Applications must be turned in no later than Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Please call the Community Center at 654-5184 for more information.

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