Events

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.

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

March 23, 2019
8th Annual Eglin Archaeology Day - This event celebrates Florida Archeology Month.  The celebration will include kid-friendly activities, the opportunity to meet local archaeologists and visit a native plant garden at the complex. The celebration is free and open to the public. Bring the entire family to learn about local history and the fascinating world of archaeology!  The event will  be held at the Jackson Guard Complex at 107 Highway 85 N in Niceville from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. For more information, please contact Ms. Catherine Nolan – (850)882-8454 or email at: catherine.nolan.2.ctr@us.af.mil

March 28, 2019
Destin – Fort Walton Beach Taste & Business Showcase - This event highlights the best of the area’s businesses, from restaurants and breweries to retail, home, and professional services. The public is invited to attend this FREE event on Thursday, March 28, from 4 – 7 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Guests will enjoy samples, promotional items, discounts and goodies from local businesses. Door prize tickets will be distributed at the door, and door prizes will be awarded every 30 minutes. All area businesses are encouraged to participate through vendor booth space and door prizes. For additional information, please contact Bryana Bahmer at (850) 837-6241 or bryana@DestinChamber.com

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