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Florida Rural Economic Development and Tourism Summit comes to Gadsden County 2012

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June 23, 2011                           (850) 222-1996

Florida Rural Economic Development and Tourism Summit Comes to Gadsden in 2012

QUINCY, Fla. – In a major and positive new development on the economic front, the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce today announced the 2012 Florida Rural Economic Development and Tourism Summit will be held in Gadsden County, Florida.

“I am very proud Gadsden County was selected to host the 2012 Florida Rural Economic Development and Tourism Summit,” said David Gardner, executive director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to showcasing all that Gadsden County has to offer with summit participants.”

Hundreds of businesses, government and economic development officials are expected at the summit that will take place March 14-16, 2012 at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Havana, Florida. It is being organized by Opportunity Florida, an economic development organization made up of nine rural counties in Northwest Florida, in partnership with the North Florida Economic Development Partnership and Florida’s Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative. The summit is funded in part by the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and Enterprise Florida.

Based on its commitment to regional unity, Opportunity Florida promotes positive economic growth in a nine-county region in Northwest Florida by working together with local, regional and state organizations to market the region to businesses and government officials.

“With each summit, our communities become more united and committed to reversing the economic gap between Florida’s rural and urban areas,” said Rick Marcum, executive director of Opportunity Florida.

The summit will provide a diverse range of high-quality, interactive educational sessions, opportunities to participate in hands-on demonstrations and invaluable information exchange and networking opportunities.

Summit sessions will focus on innovative and best practices, and are designed to provide a combination of substantive information presentations, written materials and Web-based links to enable take-home value and practical, real-world case study examples of Florida communities.

Topics that will be discussed at the summit include renewable energy, eco- and agri-tourism, legislative issues and other concerns regarding rural counties in Florida.