• Chairman's Message

    Julie Cotton - Northwest Florida State College Chairman’s Message: To 2019 and Beyond
    January 9, 2019


    I am pleased to have the honor of serving as the Chairman of the Destin Chamber for 2019. I follow many great leaders who have served in this role and want to thank them for their service and mentorship. To Bob Perry, 2018 Chairman, thank you for leaving a strong legacy to follow. To Shane Moody and the Destin Chamber team, I look forward to serving alongside you this year to lead the Chamber and the businesses we represent into a prosperous 2019. To our Board, I applaud you for being the visionaries in an effort to move the Chamber forward.  And to my Northwest Florida State College team, family and friends, thank you for the support and opportunity to serve in this role for 2019. 
    The collaborative efforts of the Destin Chamber are many – State, City, County, tourist development, economic development, educational institutions, nonprofits and businesses. Together we all strive to strengthen our community. 
    Just as our Chamber Mission states:  “Advocating for businesses… strengthening our community.”  Borrowing from our website: “The Destin Chamber prides itself on working to build successful businesses and a vibrant economy. The Chamber provides products and services to its member businesses helping them grow and prosper. The Chamber acts as the voice of business in government affairs. Governed by a volunteer board of directors and operated by a professional staff, the Chamber works daily to ensure that businesses have what they need to flourish. A strong base of volunteers assists in making sure that all of our programs are relevant to the needs of businesses.”
    Our 2019 initiatives set forth by the Board, Chamber Staff and our members will focus on continuing to make Destin the best place to live, work and play. 
    We will continue to support pro-business initiatives at the City, County and State level.
    We will continue to address the work force needs of our area by working collaboratively with our education partners. 
    We will focus on the military and tourism industries and provide a voice for and be a conduit for information.  Look for a no-fee MAC Committee and a new Tourism Committee in 2019.
    We will continue to provide special events to support our efforts with an eye on new and fresh events, such as the Pickleball Tournament with our great partners Destin Commons March 14-15, and a make-over of our December Holiday Celebration.
    We will continue to provide training and development through our Destin Forward leadership program, grooming our next generations of leaders. I am proud to say a number of our new board members are graduates of this program. 
    With all we want to accomplish this year, we need your help!  We want you to be involved, stay involved. Your membership, participation, sponsorship and time will certainly help us to achieve our goals in 2019. Let’s continue the collaborative spirit we have in Destin and throughout Okaloosa County. 
    Cheers to 2019 and beyond,
    Julie Cotton, Northwest Florida State College
    2019 Destin Chamber Chairman  


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