Okaloosa economic leader resigns

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 04:52 PM.

“I think our new organization will move faster,” he added. “I think we’ll be more efficient.”

As part of the transition, the organization’s staffing was reduced from five to two employees and it’s moving out of its Sandestin offices to relocate to Northwest Florida State College.

Kay Rasmussen, vice president of community and economic development for the Okaloosa County EDC, was named interim director of the organization.

“Larry has done a tremendous job,” said David Goetsch, a local economist and former two-time chairman of the Okaloosa EDC. “He’s grown the EDC to where it is. He’s responsible for 20 to 30 new startups over the time he’s been here. He gave us that really good marketing arm that you have to have as an EDC to be effective.

“One of the things that Larry did was train a really good staff,” Goetsch added. “The staff we have is outstanding. You’ll see the EDC go on without a hiccup.”

Jim Heald, general manager of InDyne and current chairman of the Okaloosa County EDC, said they will form a small search committee to find a permanent president for the EDC. He hopes to have someone in place by early spring.

Heald said Sassano has had a huge impact on Okaloosa County.



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