Okaloosa economic leader resigns

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

“His experience and knowledge of the economic development process has just been invaluable in getting companies who are interested in coming here connected with the right people in the city and county government so they can get the right incentives,” Heald said. “(Sassano’s) facilitating the right people to get together to make it happen so we have growth.”

Sassano joined the Okaloosa County EDC on Feb. 7, 1997, and replaced the organization’s founding president, Jim Breitenfeld.

Breitenfeld remains active in the EDC and runs TeCMEN, the EDC’s networking group for local technology, manufacturing, engineering and defense-related companies. He said Sassano has brought a high degree of professionalism and stability to the EDC.

“Over the last several years, you’ve seen a lot of economic development organizations in a lot of communities or counties either get gobbled up by local governments or lose some of their independence,” Breitenfeld said. “It’s very difficult these days to strike the fine balance between serving your private sector members and your public sector sponsors, and I think Larry’s done a great job of that.

 “The EDC has held true to its mission since he’s been there. As the person who left it to him, I feel great about the work he’s done. I’ve always felt impressed.”

Contact Daily News Business Editor Dusty Ricketts at 850-315-4448 or dricketts@nwfdailynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustyRnwfdn.

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