EDC of Okaloosa County is now 'One Okaloosa EDC'

Gannett staff report

The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (EDC) announced Tuesday that the organization now will be known as One Okaloosa EDC.

Founded in 1989, the nonprofit economic development organization serves Okaloosa County and its nine municipalities.

Along with the name change, a new organizational logo was unveiled. Stylized as a circle indicative of forward motion, the logo uses the organization’s long-standing gold, blue and green colors as a nod to the EDC’s 31-year history.

Specific design elements within the new logo include a gear to represent Okaloosa’s diverse industry base; the sun to represent the area’s enviable coastal lifestyle; and an atom to represent the community’s emphasis on education and noteworthy research and innovation assets.

Along with the new name and brand, the organization also will begin using www.oneokaloosa.org as its primary domain name with new staff email addresses structured in the same manner. Also, all other One Okaloosa EDC managed websites — including www.okaloosasites.com, www.startupokaloosa.com, www.shoalrivergigasite.com and www.tecmenindustryday.com — have been updated accordingly.

“After 31 years of being known as the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, our executive committee began to evaluate the opportunity for a more simplified — and impactful — organizational brand last spring just as COVID-19 was tightening its grip on our area,” said Lee Lewis, regional manager/partner of AVCON Engineers & Planners in Niceville and One Okaloosa EDC fiscal year 2021 chairman.

“Noting how swiftly our local governments, businesses, nonprofits and everyday citizens joined together to help one another through the unprecedented challenges brought forth by the pandemic, it was clear that our community was rising to the occasion and working as ONE Okaloosa. This is where the concept was initially born.”

Nathan Sparks, executive director of One Okaloosa EDC, said, “Along with being emblematic of the spirit of our community that has been on regular display during the pandemic, One Okaloosa speaks to a collective desire to be best-in-class and the tireless commitment of so many to ensuring that Okaloosa’s infrastructure systems, educational assets, military bases, workforce development programs and industrial sites are ranked No. 1. As we emerge from the pandemic and prepare to begin a new year, we feel these efforts have never been more important.”