A key element of a successful economic development effort is building and maintaining key relationships, including regional organizations and state agencies. The Holmes County Development Commission works closely with other organizations in the state such as Enterprise Florida, Florida’s Great Northwest and Opportunity Florida. As the local EDO, the Development Commission cultivates and maintains working relationships and participates in joint marketing efforts with each of these “marketing partners.”
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) assists the Governor in advancing Florida’s economy by championing the state’s economic development vision and by administering state and federal programs and initiatives to help visitors, citizens, businesses, and communities.
Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership serving as Florida’s primary organization devoted to statewide economic development. EFI’s mission is to diversify Florida’s economy and create better-paying jobs for its citizens by supporting, attracting and helping to create businesses in innovative, high-growth industries. Enterprise Florida is chaired by the Governor and is the key source of new business and industry referrals to local EDO’s. Various inducements and incentives are offered by the State of Florida through the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and administered by Enterprise Florida.
Florida’s Great Northwest
Florida’s Great Northwest, Inc. (FGNW) is a regional economic development organization representing 12 counties in Northwest Florida. This private, non-profit organization is comprised of county and local economic development groups, workforce development boards, community and junior colleges, universities, and private businesses which compose the majority of the organization’s membership. In addition to an annual site selection and recruitment event showcasing northwest Florida, FGNW conducts target market analysis and research and coordinates marketing missions throughout the U.S. and internationally. HCDC participates in Florida’s Great Northwest marketing and recruitment efforts.
Opportunity Florida is an economic development organization committed to growing the regional economy. An eight county regional economic development alliance, Opportunity Florida is focused on strengthening the existing businesses within Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, North Walton and Washington counties. Opportunity Florida is organized to support the Northwest Florida Rural Area of Opportunity (RAO).