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Florida’s Great Northwest Foundation Announces Selection of Inaugural Leadership Northwest Florida Class

Posted: October 20, 2022

NORTHWEST, Fla. – Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW) Foundation has selected its participants for the inaugural Leadership Northwest Florida class. Eighteen leaders were selected to participate in Class I of the program focused on regional collaboration through community, content and connection.

Class I participants will be immersed in a seven-month educational program and meet other leaders from a variety of backgrounds who represent Northwest Florida’s diverse composition. It will offer participants a holistic view of the conditions, challenges and opportunities that are shared throughout the region focusing on the areas of Business Vitality, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Infrastructure, Talent, and Quality of Place.

“Our mission for Leadership Northwest Florida is to cultivate a pipeline of engaged and empowered leaders through regional collaboration resulting in long-term influence for the betterment of Northwest Florida,” said Jennifer Conoley, President and CEO of Florida’s Great Northwest & FGNW Foundation. “This inaugural class will be an important part of the program’s legacy, and we are thrilled to have such a diverse class for year one.”

The following individuals have been selected for Leadership Northwest Florida Class I:

  • Kimberly Aderholdt, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Robert Arnold, Grayton Beach Capital
  • Elizabeth Crowe, Florida State University Panama City
  • Jason Crowe, Community Bank
  • Grey Dodge, The City of Panama City
  • Elizabeth Forsythe, CBRE, Inc.
  • Tiffany Garling, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce & Jackson County Economic Development Committee
  • KC Gartman, Baptist Health Care
  • Kelli Godwin, Gulf County Tourist Development Council
  • David Harless, Regions
  • Lesley Hatfield, Holmes County Development Commission
  • Charles James IV, Clark Partington
  • Ryan Long, The Highland Group
  • Marcus McBride, CareerSource Escarosa
  • Stacey McGilvray, Hancock Whitney Bank
  • Chuck McIntosh, Florida Caverns RV Resort
  • Johnathan Taylor, LandrumHR
  • Matthew Wright, Troy University

About Leadership Northwest Florida

For Northwest Florida to continue to compete, diversify and thrive, it will take informed, dedicated leaders who understand the complex and competitive environment of economic transformation. Leadership Northwest Florida is designed to be an educational program offered for professionals in all industry sectors desiring to grow their knowledgebase, network, and skillset in the 12-county region of Florida’s Great Northwest footprint. This experience will ultimately result in long-term influence of the leadership graduates for the betterment of Northwest Florida.

About Florida’s Great Northwest

Florida’s Great Northwest is the regional economic development organization for the Florida Panhandle. The organization was created to promote Northwest Florida for economic growth and diversification, advocate for economic development issues that affect the region, and collaborate to improve regional competitiveness. The organization accomplishes this in partnership with the state and local economic development organizations, rural regional economic development organizations, utility partners, private sector businesses, local government, higher education institutions, workforce boards, and community leaders.

 

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