School Ambassadors Attend TeCMEN Industry Day
In an effort to spotlight the diverse capabilities that exist among the area’s technical businesses, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County’s TeCMEN (Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network) Committee held an Industry Day event at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, FL on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Structured to include a speaker symposium, informational workshops and a technical showcase featuring local, regional and national companies involved in manufacturing, engineering, and technology – along with select workforce development, training and educational entities. This year’s event sold out with 44 exhibitors and over 315 attendees.
25 School Ambassadors (administrators/teachers and students) representing the Okaloosa County School District sponsored by the Hsu Educational Foundation attended the event. Schools represented were Baker School, Choctawhatchee High School, Crestview High School, Fort Walton Beach High School, Laurel Hill School, Niceville High School, and Okaloosa Technical College. The goal of the School Ambassadors attending Industry Day was to provide an opportunity for “introductions” to the region’s dynamic manufacturing, technology, and engineering segments.
Linda Sumblin, TeCMEN Manager, thanked the Okaloosa School Ambassadors attending the 2018 TeCMEN Industry Day. “Many positive comments received from the TeCMEN Industry Day Showcase Exhibitors regarding the School Ambassadors! We hope the event met the School expectations and goals.”
The speaker line up for the symposium included speakers and panelists from companies such as the US Federal Reserve Bank, Fort Walton Machining, Raytheon, InDyne, Reliance, Test, and Technology, General Dynamics, GE Onshore Renewables, Beast Code LLC, Precision Measurement Inc., Avalex Technologies and Mine Survival Inc. In addition, Former Senate President and current Chairman of Triumph Gulf Coast Don Gaetz delivered the morning keynote address. This year’s event offered concurrent workshop sessions such as Understanding Changes in the Federal Tax Code; Exporting 101; Connecting to Tomorrow’s Workforce through Internships & Apprenticeships; and Changes in Federal Contracting.
About the EDC
Founded in 1989, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (EDC) is a 501(c)6 non-profit, public-private partnership serving Okaloosa County, Florida and its nine municipalities (Cinco Bayou, Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Laurel Hill, Mary Esther, Niceville, Shalimar, and Valparaiso). As the community’s lead economic development organization, the EDC is committed to fostering economic diversification through comprehensive strategies and initiatives. In addition to its public partners, the EDC enjoys broad support from more than 100 leading private sector businesses representing a wide range of industry sectors.
The Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network, or TeCMEN, operates as a committee of the EDC. Originally established as an existing industry outreach initiative of the EDC, TeCMEN’s more than 40 members represent leading manufacturing, technology, and engineering companies as well as the educational and workforce development partners who support them. TeCMEN members engage in regular information sharing and networking at monthly meetings and enjoy access to special “members only” benefits including free training/certification classes facilitated through a partnership with the University of West Florida.