Leveraging military installation and local community capabilities and resources to reduce costs or risks by identifying shared values and opportunities.
The Economic Development Council for Okaloosa County, Florida (DBA One Okaloosa EDC) is a non-profit, public-private partnership serving Okaloosa County as its primary economic development organization committed to continual growth and diversification through existing industry retention and expansion, workforce development and expansion of key industry clusters.
Florida and the tri-county region are blessed to be home to the largest military installation, Eglin Air Force Base, and its multiple tenant units to include Hurlburt Field, Duke Field and Camp Simons; as well as outstanding communities and leaders that are committed to providing unmatched support to military installations and missions. Recognizing the challenges of advancing the range of Air Force Community Partnership Program Initiatives (CPP), due primarily to manpower, funding, and regulatory constraints, One Okaloosa EDC created a parallel Tri-County Community Partnership Initiative (TCPI) program in 2013 to formally work in tandem with the Air Force and local installations' CPP processes.
One Okaloosa EDC established a community-based member TCPI Advisory Board, comprised of local governments, installation representatives, service providers, utility companies, medical experts, building and real estate associations, chambers of commerce, etc. Along with the Advisory Board, work groups were established to identify, vet and progress partnership opportunities. An MOU was executed in 2015 between Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and the EDC to solidify the military-community collaborative partnership.
Since its inception, the TCPI has conducted and supported numerous community engagement events and workshops and has been instrumental in facilitating, educating, and coordinating with local governments, business leaders, and utility providers. The TCPI has been directly responsible for the high level of community involvement necessary to keep Public-Public, Public-Private (P4) partnerships moving forward. The TCPI’s goal is simple – help build a strong foundation upon which partnerships can be institutionalized.