Counties continue search for economic directors (DOCUMENTS)

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Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 04:33 PM.

It’s a good time to be an economic development specialist looking to work in Northwest Florida.

Economic development organizations in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties are searching for new leadership. Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties are still accepting applications for their open positions, while the application period in Walton County closed recently.

For information on the qualifications for the executive director's position with the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, click here.

For information on the qualifications for the director's position of the Santa Rosa County economic development department, click here.

Although all three counties are looking for economic development directors at one time, Greg Britton, chairman of the Okaloosa County EDC’s search committee, said the economies of the three counties are different enough that there should not be a lot of overlap with the searches.

“For what we’re searching for, it’s a different type of person because we have so much manufacturing and military,” said Britton, general manager of Fort Walton Machining. “We have tourism here, but we also have a pretty good manufacturing base. We’re going to be looking for somebody who has those qualifications, that’s worked with the Department of Defense before, has some military base experience.

“I’d like to see somebody that’s seasoned, that has a CEcD (economic development certification), an advanced degree,” he added. “We’d like to see somebody that has 10 years of full-time professional economic development experience or very close to that.”



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