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GULF POWE : Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Dusty Ricketts column

08/17/2015 | 11:53am US/Eastern

Aug. 16--The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County has had some great programs for their roundtable discussions this year and they recently announced their plans for their third and final program of the year.

Bill Johnson, the new president and CEO of Enterprise Florida and the state's Secretary of Commerce, will be the guest speaker for the EDC's upcoming roundtable. Johnson's speech will be about charting Florida's economic future.

These are always great programs and I would definitely recommend everyone attend.

The roundtable discussion is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10 in the Empire Room at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. Reservations to the roundtable are due by Sept. 4 and can be made by calling the EDC at 850-362-6467.

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Speaking of great programs to get the best information on how the state and region are doing, Gulf Power recently announced its speaker lineup for their 19th annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium.

I've been able to go to seven of their symposiums in the past, and they're always an informative and entertaining program and the best event of its kind in the area.

Some of the regular speakers, Gov. Rick Scott and economist Rick Harper, will be back this year. Other speakers will include Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, who will discuss why Florida has the perfect climate for business; Daymond John, one of the investors on ABC's "Shark Tank" series, who will discuss how to think big and market a successful brand; and Gulf Power's own Rick Byars, who will discuss the Florida First Sites program. And that's just the start.

This year's symposium is scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13 at the Baytowne Conference Center.

Admission to the two-day conference is $150 if you book before Aug. 28. After that date, the price goes up to $175. To register or see the full speaker lineup, go to www.gulfpowersymposium.com.

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One of the nation's largest comprehensive insurance agencies is now the newest tenant at Grand Boulevard.

Fisher Brown Bottrell recently opened its new office at Grand Boulevard. The local office will employ more than 20 people and provide business insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits and bonding.

"Fisher Brown and Howard Group have a long-standing relationship based on uncompromisingly high standards and quality of work," stated Bob McLendon, executive vice president for Fisher Brown. "Our new space in Grand Boulevard provides us the visibility and opportunity to better interact with business and individual clients in this market."

The new Fisher Brown office is located above Mitchell's Fish Market at Grand Boulevard. For more information, go to www.fbbins.com.

Dusty Ricketts is the business editor for the Northwest Florida Daily News. Send him your business tips and news at dricketts@nwfdailynews.com.

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(c)2015 Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.)

Visit the Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) at www.nwfdailynews.com

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