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

September 12, 2018
Small Business Lunch and Learn BancorpSouth, in conjunction with LiftFund, The University of West Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center and Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF, is presenting a Interested in starting your own business but don’t know where to begin?  This event is a small business workshop to assist in starting or growing a small business.  View Event Flyer Reserve your seat

September 18, 2018
Deployment to Employment: This job fair for veterans will allow attendees to connect with over 60 local and regional recruiters. Resume building workshops and more will be available. This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Find a new job or learn how to obtain the training and education needed to advance your career. The event will be held at the Blue Wahoo Stadium in Pensacola, from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Learn more
September 20, 2018
Starting a Business: In this workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no-cost) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Pre-registration with payment is required.

September 20, 2018
Panhandle Job Fair - Open to the Public. Over 50 Employers are scheduled to be the event from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event will be held at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island at 1135 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. To view who is hiring at this event, go to

October 10-12, 2018
Gulf Power Symposium: Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! - Secure your spot today for Gulf Power’s 22nd annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium. Join NWF to  discuss the latest efforts to grow Northwest Florida and network with community and business leaders across the region. Registration is required.

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