Quality of Life
Enhancing the partnership with local agencies like the Okaloosa County Health Department, Bridgeway, Homeless Alliance, Elder Services, City of Fort Walton Beach Department of Parks & Recreation, Garden Clubs and more to benefit the residents of the City of Fort Walton Beach.
Advocate enhanced quality of life for seniors through the implementation of more health and wellness programs. Forge a strong partnership and/or collaboration between Okaloosa Elderly Services, local public health department, and senior home care agencies to educate seniors on how to manage behaviors, preventative care and health management, and home proof safety environment.
Advocate for our children to have access to free and/or reduced membership costs to the city’s recreation center. Eliminate fees for children meeting the poverty guidelines and offset lost revenue by increasing community partnering between local, state, and federal grant funding.
Increase green space to provide hiking and biking trails within the city limits.
Enhancing the partnership with local agencies like One Okaloosa EDC which serves as the community’s lead economic development organization and The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce with the focus of a business-friendly community.
Become more business friendly by providing resources for small business owners to lower and simplify taxes.
Form partnerships to provide access to secure funding for small and minority businesses.
Form healthcare and retirement alliances to provide owners with much needed benefits.
Workforce Affordable Housing
Establish partnerships between state and federal government and local builders/developers to build workforce housing that is affordable for middle income families, through opportunity and empowerment zones, Brownfield designations, etc.
Establish first-time homebuyer programs within the city through collaborations with growth management and state and federal entities.
Strengthening Okaloosa County Growth Management Housing Programs, http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/gm/housing
Form stronger ties with organizations such as the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Inc. (BIA) a professional organization of builders, developers, and associates affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. https://www.biaow.org/about-the-bia/
Form partnerships with the Florida Housing Coalition that provides professional consultation services through training and technical assistance on housing and related issues; supports community-based partnerships in leveraging resources; and advocates for policies, programs and use of funding resources that maximize the availability and improve the quality of housing in Florida. https://www.flhousing.org/about/
Establish partnerships with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing), which was created by the state Legislature 40 years ago to assist in providing a range of affordable housing opportunities for residents that help make Florida communities great places in which to live, work and do business. https://www.floridahousing.org/about-florida-housing
Enhancing partnerships with private and non-profit organizations such as the Hsu Educational Foundation with the vision to help local students prepare for careers of global demand and transform our community’s future by inspiring innovation.
Partnerships between the business community, non-profits, the educational system, and families to provide STEM offerings and training to arm our youth with much-needed future workforce skills.
Form mentorship, co-op, and intern programs between the business community and our future workforce