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

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
Small Business + AFRL TH!NK Event: If you are an entrepreneur, innovator, small business, scientist or researcher interested in collaborating with Federal Research Laboratories, come to the Doolittle Institute for our first-ever Small Business and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) TH!NK Event. This open-house-style event provides opportunities to learn about collaborating with the government, meet other researchers, and for researchers to network with local small businesses or entrepreneurs. The event will be held at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please register here

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.

July 19, 2018
North Okaloosa Veterans Expo: North Okaloosa Veterans Expo combines a job fair, educational fair and Veterans benefits information into one. 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 Crestview Community Center, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Learn more here

July 23, 2018
Hypersonic Flight: Progress and Challenges: Join the Doolittle Institute, the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Aerospace and Aeronautics (AIAA), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for our distinguished speaker series. For this speaking engagement, we’ll welcome Dr. Mark Lewis as he discusses Hypersonic Flight: Progress and Challenges on the Way to High Mach Systems. The event will be held at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Register here

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