A 20 year veteran of the economic development industry, Nathan Sparks began his career as a Research analyst with the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. In this role, Nathan was heavily involved in the state’s automotive-recruitment strategy. Nathan later joined The St. Joe Company where his primary responsibility was the implementation of a comprehensive economic development branding and marketing strategy for the Northwest Florida region. Following his time with St. Joe, Nathan served as executive director of the Brunswick and Glynn County (Georgia) Development Authority, where he spearheaded the development of three new industrial parks and was responsible for generating tens of millions of dollars of new investment and hundreds of new jobs.
Since 2013, Nathan has served as executive director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, a non-profit private-public partnership dedicated to supporting the economic vitality of Okaloosa County and its municipalities. While at the EDC, Nathan’s efforts to champion new outreach initiatives, economic incentive programs and industrial site inventory have resulted in strong stakeholder engagement while enhancing the community’s overall competitiveness.
Nathan holds a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Oglethorpe University. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a Certified Economic Developer.
Nathan’s past honors and recognitions include:
- Named “Top 40 Under 40: Georgia’s Best and Brightest” by Georgia Trend magazine (2009)
- Honorary Commander, 1st Special Operations Wing Mission Support Group, Hurlburt Field (2015)
- Served as a delegate to the National Security Forum at the United States Air Force Air War College, Maxwell AFB (2015)