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.

Economic Gardening: Cultivating Sustainable Entrepreneur Support Structures

On May 22, 2019, guests gained valuable insight on what it takes to cultivate sustainable entrepreneur support structures. The keynote speaker was Jason Hamman, Hamman Consulting Group, who released the summary of his findings in the Okaloosa Incubator Feasibility commissioned by the EDC of Okaloosa County. The guests were then treated to a panel of experts representing existing entrepreneur networks in the surrounding communities. Panelists included: Patrick Rooney, Co:Lab Pensacola; Kelly Reeser, TechFarms Capitall  and Pam Kidwell, Gulf Coast State College Business Innovation Center.

The event was held at The Island, by Hotel RL and the Signature Sponsor for the event was the Okaloosa County School District - Career & Technical Education Program. A special thank you to the Choctaw High School JROTC for presenting the colors.

Brain Chasing: Talent Attraction as a Community Strategy

On March 4, 2019, guests gained valuable insight on what drives workforce today. Talent Attraction is but one way to solve a community’s talent shortage.  Talent Cultivation (undertaken by schools, colleges and universities) and Talent Retention (making certain that a larger percentage of new graduates and exiting military remain here) are equally important, and our community is fortunate to have some outstanding partnerships focused on these opportunities.  The event was held at The Island, by Hotel RL. The event was moderated by Dr. David Goetsch and panelists included: Eric Walker, EMSI; Michele Burns, CareerSource Okaloosa Walton; and Matt Zimmermann, Beast Code LLC. 

The Signature Sponsor for this event was Gulf Power. A special thank you to: Gulf Reflections Photography Studio, The Island, by Hotel RL and the Choctaw High School JROTC.

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

October to December 2019
Shop Talk Thursdays - The Destin Chamber, and Florida SBDC have decided to sponsor a wonderful opportunity for those interesting in opening their own small business, or looking for ways to advance their small businesses. Join them for a “shop talk” discussion. This free event will be held at the Destin Chamber; 4484 Legendary Dr. Ste. A, Destin, FL 32541, every Thursday from 10AM- 2PM until the end of December. For more information, read more here

November 9, 2019
12th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest - Does BBQ pique your interest? Then look no further, the 12th Annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ fest at the Harbor Walk Village will suit your tastes! Hosted from 12PM – 4PM, the event will have 15 local restaurants to sample from, as well as live music from the John Hart & Tyler Mac on the main stage. Pre-register for discount, or the day of for a fee of $35.00 for all the fixings, or $20.00 for just the BBQ. To register early and learn more

November 11, 2019
City of Crestview Veteran's Day Parade - In honor of Veteran’s and their continued sacrifices, Downtown Crestview is hosting a Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade will begin at 10AM in front of Hub City Smokehouse and stop at the Okaloosa County Veteran’s Memorial Wall at 11:11AM to commence memorial services. Please, come to show your support for all our local veterans and their families. For more information, click here.

November 21, 2019
Destin Chamber 7th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented by Hand Ardenall Harrison Sale - Begin the holiday season as warm as can be at the 7th Annual Bourbon at the Bay on November, 21st from 5:30-8:00PM! The event will be held at the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club; located at 465 Regatta Bay Boulevard, Destin, Florida. Come to sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne, as well a chance to win the Destin Common’s wine pull, & put your bid on gifts, trips, and more in the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center silent auction. For sponsorship opportunities, please call Sarah Hockett at (850)-837-6241. Tickets will be sold online for $45, or VIP tickets (in limited quantity) will be sold over the phone for $65. Please, register using the link provided
November 26, 2019
Emerald Coast Science Center’s Anniversary Celebration - The Emerald Coast Science Center will be celebrating their 5th anniversary at their Memorial Parkway location! The whole family can experience the thrill of the Center's amazing activities, as well as free cake. The event will be held from 10AM-4PM at the Emerald Coast Science Center; 31 Memorial Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  All activities are included in the general admissions ticket. To pre-register, and to find out more, please click here

December 5, 2019
Destin Christmas Tree Lighting - Destin’s 33rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be nothing short of fun for the whole family! The event will host a visit from Santa, entertainment from local choruses & musical groups, and drinks that will be served after the lighting of the tree. The event will be held at the Destin Community Center from 6PM-8PM; 101 Stahlman Ave, Destin, Florida.  A huge thank you goes to the City of Destin for putting forth such an amazing event!  For more information, please call, or visit the link provided; (850)-654-5184.
December 7, 2019
Fort Walton Beach - A Downtown Holiday 2019 - The City of Fort Walton Beach, as well as their partners; The Downtown FWB Organization, will be commencing the holiday season on December 7th, 2019 with a beautiful tree lighting ceremony, and plenty more for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t miss a chance to shop at local vendors and businesses, enjoy a wealth of children’s activities, and live music! The event will begin at 12PM and finish at 7PM at the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park; located at 139 Brooks Street SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. For more on the event, please click on the link provided.
December 13, 2019
Sinfonia Holiday Pops - Sinfonia, a full orchestra, will be hosting a festive holiday concert at the Village Baptist Center on December 13th, 2019    from 7:30-9:30PM. Join the festivities to hear Matthew Morrison (Glee) perform musical hits, and festive holiday medleys.  The whole family is welcome to this special performance! Click here for more information and to register for seats. 

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