Get your big hat out and prepare for a storm of huge economic development ideas to come ripping through Northwest Florida October 29 with the Annual Fall Leadership Summit being held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. There are tons of presentations on the board with big-name speakers such as Jerry Ray from St. Joe, Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos, Alabama Speaker of the House Seth Hammett, Mel Ponder of Coastal Vision 3000 and many others.
Here is the full press release:
October 29, 2009
Event Description: ?The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, Walton County Economic Development Alliance, and Beaches of South Walton Tourist Development Council will host its annual Fall Leadership Summit in partnership with Crestview Area Chamber, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Bay County Economic Development Alliance, Panama City Beach TDC/CVB, Coastal Vision 3000/THE Beach, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Florida’s Great Northwest, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development, Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, Navarre Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development, and the Business & Industry Association (BIA) October 29, 2009 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.
The event brings together business and community leaders from Northwest Florida for a day of presentations by Economic Development and Tourism Industry experts. The purpose of the event is to stimulate thinking and help local businesses grow the regional economy.??2009 Event Theme: ?”Identifying Growth Strategies in a Difficult Economic Environment.” Expert presentations will focus on strategies and tactics that will position the regional economy for strong growth as the economy begins to recover.
7:30 a.m. – Registration
8:00 a.m.- Welcome: Bill Arnett, WCEDA Executive Director
Invocation: Wayne Harris, Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce
Pledge of Allegiance: Meg Peltier, Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce
8:15 a.m. – Jerry Ray, The St. Joe Company’s Senior Vice President for External Affairs, will provide an overview of the economic development opportunities and challenges we face in Northwest Florida. Ray’s opening presentation will help set the agenda and objectives for the conference, while encouraging participants to “think outside the box” as we work to identify growth strategies in the difficult economic environment we face.
Introduction: Carol Roberts, Bay County Chamber of Commerce
Regional Economic Development Roundtable
8:45 a.m. – Economic Development Update: The Walton, Bay, Okaloosa, & Escambia County Economic Development directors provide a brief update on economic development and initiatives in their counties. A brief discussion and Q&A session follows. (40 minutes)
Introduction: Beth Oltman, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce
Facilitator: Al Wenstrand, Florida’s Great Northwest.
Speakers: Economic Development: Bill Arnett, Walton County Economic Development Alliance, Janet Watermeier, Bay County Economic Development Alliance, Charles Wood, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development, Larry Sassano, and Okaloosa County Economic Development Council.
Regional Transportation Updates
9:25 a.m. – Secretary Kopelousos will provide a Transportation update for Northwest Florida from air, sea, rail to roads. She will discuss the upcoming session and what can be expected for our region including opportunities and challenges (30 minutes)
Introduction: Tracey Terry, Navarre Chamber of Commerce
Speakers: Stephanie Kopelousos, Secretary of Florida Department of Transportation
10:00 a.m. – Regional Infrastructure Update: Representatives of the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, the new Panama City -Bay County International Airport, Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport will provide brief updates on the region’s airports. (45 minutes)
Introduction: Alan Baggett, (BIA) Business & Industry Association
Speakers: Randy Curtis, Panama City Beach Bay County International Airport, Greg Donovan, Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Melinda Crawford, Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport
10:45a.m. – Break
BRAC & Military Growth
11:00 a.m. – BRAC, Eglin Air Force Base Update: Representatives from Eglin Air Force Base will provide brief updates on the impact and status of BRAC, F-35 and other missions that impact the region. (45 minutes)
Introduction: Ted Corcoran, Greater Ft. Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
Speakers: Col. Arnold Bunch, Eglin Air Force Base, LTC Gary Bloomberg, 7th Special Forces Integration Team Eglin, Sam Burkett, DSI Chair, and Tom Neubauer, Bay Defense Alliance
Regional Opportunities in Aviation and Aerospace
NOON – Working Lunch – Northrop Grumman, America’s 2nd largest defense company and leader in global security, supplies quality defense products including B-2 bombers, DDG-51 AEGIS destroyers, E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft, and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The Northrop Grumman KC-45 tanker continues the company’s long history of providing the best capability and value for our men and women in uniform. The KC-45 program creates 48,000 jobs across 230 U.S. suppliers, with 1,600 of those jobs created in Florida, and expands a Southern aerospace corridor that has provided high-tech aircraft, spacecraft, missiles and munitions for several generations. (1 hour)
Introduction: Seth Hammett, Alabama Speaker of the House, PowerSouth Energy
Speaker: Mitchell B. Waldman, Vice President, Business Development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector
Regional Challenges Facing Tourism
1:15 a.m. – Dwindling Offshore Sand Resources in Florida – How Might Oil and Gas Exploration and Supply Lines Further Limit Remaining Sand Sources
Introduction: Evon Emerson, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Speaker: Tom Campbell, P.E., President, Coastal Planning and Engineering, Inc. of Boca Raton
Americans Can Maximize Investment Opportunities- Views from a Wall Street Insider
1:45 a.m. – Richard B. Jennings, President, Realty Capital International LLC, a global real estate investment banking advisory firm in New York City will offer a Wall Street Insider view on what Americans can do with the conditions of real estate markets today. Find out what you should be doing to be well-positioned when real estate markets return to health. (30 hour)
Introduction: Donna Tucker, Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce
Speaker: Richard B. Jennings, President, Realty Capital International LLC
Regional Opportunities in EcoTourism
2:15 p.m. – A national ecotourism expert discusses regional opportunities to build a thriving ecotourism industry in Northwest Florida. The presentation will focus on the importance of the “green” movement in sustainable tourism and its potential to attract a new group of environmentally conscious visitors. (45 minutes)
Introduction: Mel Ponder, THE Beach/Coastal Vision 3000
Speaker: René Welti, Green Tourism Marketing Specialists, ECHO Encounters, America Live, Inc.
3:00 p.m. – Sonny Mares, Executive Director, Beaches of South Walton Tourist Development Council
Keynote Speaker – Dinner
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – VIP Reception, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood
6:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker/ Annual Dinner
For more information, call 850-267-0683 or visit www.waltonareachamber.com. The price is $85 to attend.Print Story