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.

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

June - September 6, 2019
Concerts at the Landing - All summer long, The Landing, here in Fort Walton Beach, will have live performers playing shows. The family-friendly event will welcome various bands on Fridays through September from 6 PM – 8PM. Arrive and enjoy the free concert! Check out the schedule

August 27-28, 2019
Eglin Hiring Event - Eglin AFB is hosting a hiring event on 27-28 Aug 2019 at the UF Research Engineering & Education Facility (REEF) from 0900-1500 hrs, targeted at filling RDT&E vacancies. The event is open to U.S. public citizens or nationals. Day 1 is reserved for scheduled interviews only. Day 2 is open to all candidates. Pre-register through 21 August.

August 29, 2019
TeCMEN Industry Day - Showcase company capabilities, network with industry peers and receive meaningful content from high profile speakers representing government, defense, and the private sector. A list of speakers, panels and exhibitors can be found at www.TeCMENIndustryDay.com as they are announced.

September 6, 2019
Downtown FWB Street Fest - Another series is right around the corner for the Downtown Fort Walton Beach Street fest! The streets of the city will come alive with live music, street vendors, and plenty of live entertainment.  Be sure to reserve the dates; September 6th, 2019, October 4th, 2019, and finally November 1st, 2019 from 6 PM – 9PM, if interested. If looking to reserve a vendor slot, please, register online.

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