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.

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

May 31, 2018
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Industry/Career Expo - If you are a business looking to hire new employees, then please register your company for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Industry/Career EXPO.  There will be talent there with degrees in such areas as: Aeronautics, Aviation Maintenance/Aviation Business, Communication/Information Technology, Emergency Services, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Systems Engineering, Transportation, Unmanned Systems Applications and many more! The goal is to connect business professionals with our recent graduates, military veterans, and our experienced alumni. The Industry/Career Expo is on May 31, 2018 at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort/Destin, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL. Learn more

June 1, 2018
Billy Bowlegs Festival Commences - The festival grounds will open at 3:00 PM and then at 6:00 PM “Defense of the City” will begin. Capt. Billy will dock at the Landing, 139 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach, around 7:00 PM for his reconnaissance mission followed by a skirmish with Mayor Dick Rynearson and Reed’s Raiders. The evening will come to a close with the largest fireworks display of the season at 9:00 PM. Learn more

June 2, 2018
Billy Bowlegs Festival - A day filled with pirate revelry, music and a kids Pirate Play Zone. The festival grounds will open at 11:00 AM and the Pirates will be landing between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the Landing, 139 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach. 

June 4, 2018
63rd Annual Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade! Billy Bowlegs Pirate Parade will start at 7pm on Monday June 4 on Eglin Parkway.

June 7, 2018
Starting a Business Workshop - If you have an idea for a business, join the Small Business Development Center Florida. Work on your business plan and learn about taxation, legal business structure, laws, rules and much more. The workshop will be held at NWFSC?UWF Joint Campus at 1170 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Building 8, 2nd floor from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Learn more

July 12, 2018
Starting a Business Workshop - If you have an idea for a business, join the Small Business Development Center Florida. Work on your business plan. Learn about taxation, legal business structure, laws, rules and much more. The workshop will be held at NWFSC/UWF Joint Campus at 1170 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Building 8, 2nd floor from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is recommended.

July 12, 2018
Grow Your Circle: Use Social Media to Reach Customers- Learn how to better identify the social platforms your customers will use, how to build customer loyalty, and the overall best practices for posting. The workshop will be held at Crestview Chamber of Commerce, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Pre-registration is recommended.

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