2019 Sponsors

Signature Sustaining Sponsor

Hancock Whitney
Hancock Whitney is one of our longest standing sponsors and first Signature Sustaining Sponsor. Today, well more than a century after our founding, history and community remain at the heart of Hancock Whitney. We help individuals, families, and businesses achieve their financial goals and dreams with solid commitment to five core values and warm 5-star service. At regional headquarters and 200-plus locations in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas, we offer contemporary banking options secured by solid ideals, pride in where we live, and confidence in the future we share together.


Diamond Sponsor

Beggs and Lane
Beggs & Lane has been a multi-year sponsor of the Symposium since 2016. Since 1883, Beggs & Lane has represented a broad and diverse client base, including major corporations, businesses, professionals, non-profit organizations and individuals. We believe in building long-term client relationships based on a results-oriented, commonsense approach to solving problems. From offices in Pensacola and Destin, the firm represents clients throughout Northwest Florida and South Alabama.


Gold Sponsor

Florida Blue
Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for nearly 75 years. Driven by its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, the company serves more than 5 million health care members across the state. To help members get the most from their health benefits, we have more than 20 Florida Blue Centers across the state, including Pensacola and Tallahassee, where members can ask questions and access health screenings, workshops, fitness classes and more. In total, Florida Blue and its affiliated companies serve 16 million people in 29 states. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


Florida's Great Northwest
Florida’s Great Northwest is the regional economic development organization for the Florida Panhandle. The organization is an investor‐supported 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation created to promote Northwest Florida for economic growth and diversification, advocate for economic development issues that affect the region, and collaborate to improve regional competitiveness. The organization accomplishes this in partnership with the state and local economic development organizations, rural regional economic development organization, utility partners, private sector businesses, higher education institutions, workforce boards and community leaders.


Silver Sponsor

PowerSouth is one of the Gulf Power Economic Symposium’s longest standing sponsors and a longtime supporter of the Symposium. PowerSouth was formed in 1941 to provide the power supply needs of its distribution members across Alabama and Northwest Florida which include: Escambia River Electric, CHELCO, West Florida and Gulf Coast Electric. Today, PowerSouth continues to safely deliver reliable, competitively priced wholesale energy to promote development of the communities its members serve.


Bronze Sponsors

App Innovators
App Innovators is a mobile-first technology company, dedicated to helping the world go mobile. Based out of Tallahassee, the company is a full-service digital agency specializing in mobile app development, website development and digital marketing. App Innovators has teamed with Gulf Power to create the event app for the Economic Symposium and is working on a full-service app for Gulf Power customers that should be launched later this year!



BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass Bank is a full service commercial and retail bank that believes in leveraging its global resources in support of a local leadership approach. Innovation, research and community involvement all have a place in the fabric of who we are as a financial institution. BBVA understands that every individual and company has unique dreams and ambitions, needs and wants. Industry specialists partner with local lenders to deliver customized, experienced solutions. We realize that few take the same path in the complex world we live in. We get it. Whichever path you choose, and whenever you need us, we want to create opportunities for your bright future.



Clark Partington
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law proudly supports the Gulf Power Economic Symposium. As trusted legal counsel in the Gulf Coast for over 40 years, its team of attorneys is committed to doing the right thing, at the right time, for every client they serve. With five offices throughout the Gulf Coast, Clark Partington remains committed to serving its clients at every stage of life, in both personal and business matters.



Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. They don’t just provide communications. They connect communities. Cox understands the importance of serving the communities in which their employees and customers live and work.



DEFENSEWERX (DWX), located in Niceville, Florida, was established in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. DWX is the headquarters to four innovation hubs located across the U.S. that include: Doolittle Institute in Niceville, FL, SOFWERX in Tampa, FL, AFWERX in Las Vegas, NE, and MGMWERX in Montgomery, AL. The focus for our facilities is Technology Transfer/Transition, Innovation & Collaboration, Prototyping and Workforce Development for our clients.



Doolittle Institute
The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the DEFENSEWERX Family.



Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has been our gracious host of the symposium for many years. This year, they have joined us as a Bronze sponsor. Whether escaping for a well-deserved family vacation, celebrating a wedding, or because you’ve earned a place at the corporate retreat, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a destination for all seasons and all ages. Named the No. 1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. The resort features miles of beaches and pristine bayfront, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife.



Tech Farms Capital
TechFarms Capital is a new angel capital fund based in Panama City Beach, Florida. The fund, managed by TechFarms Capital Management, was established to address the growing need for capital required by an increasing number of tech startups in the Southeastern U.S. The company’s first fund will target early-stage tech startups in three Southeastern states – Alabama, Georgia and Florida. A second fund will target tech startups specifically located in Northwest Florida.



Warren Averett
Warren Averett has been a strong sponsor of the Gulf Power Economic Symposium since 2014. As one of the largest CPA firms in the Southeast, Warren Averett operates with over 800 employees, including 311 CPAs and 140 Members throughout 15 offices across the Southeast. Warren Averett is a nationally recognized firm that serves some of the Southeast’s largest organizations, as well as local businesses, in various capacities inside and outside of traditional tax and audit services with the overarching goal of seeing their clients thrive.



Media Sponsor

850 Magazine
The award-winning 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida is dedicated to telling the dynamic story of the region’s exciting new role in state, national and international marketplaces. We do this through insightful features, in-depth spotlight stories on people, places and businesses, and comprehensive articles on business trends and perspectives. We strive to showcase Northwest Florida, home to one of the state’s brightest and most promising economies, influenced by emerging industries, global investments, eco-friendly enterprise, new real estate offerings and leading-edge research and development.