Shannon Ogletree has worked in economic development on the Gulf Coast since 2000 and in Santa Rosa County since 2003.
As a part of Santa Rosa's economic development team, he has helped secure more than $162 million in capital investments and developed approximately 1,500 new jobs for Santa Rosa county. He has worked with a wide range of industries, from aviation/defense companies to Internet security to renewable energy manufacturing to call centers.
By working in research, relationship building, and grant writing, Ogletree sees the big picture of development – the processes, the potential problems, and the solutions. After landing a new business, he continues to work with them to grow their presence and to leverage their experiences and successes to draw more new industry to the area. Experience has taught him that growing a successful local economy is driven by investing in the businesses you have, engaging the community, and developing industry diversity.
He currently serves with the Florida Economic Development Council (since 2003) and the International Economic Development Council (since 2010.) Prior to joining Santa Rosa Economic Development Office, Ogletree worked at the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and the HAAS Center at the University of West Florida. He earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from the University of West Florida and has done additional training with the International Economic Development Council.
Business Director Tina Stewart knows the Santa Rosa County business community inside and out. Her extensive research and knowledge make her the key contact for existing businesses seeking assistance at the Santa Rosa Economic Development Office. Stewart focuses on nurturing industry and providing businesses with the resources they need for growth and success. She is trained in Economic Development, Synchronist database management, and Business Retention and Expansion.
From financing and site selection to market research and employee recruitment, Stewart guides local businesses through the many channels required for optimal growth. Growth in existing local businesses echoes through the community with new jobs and new opportunities for affiliated businesses. A healthy local business community draws more industry to the area. Coordinating all of these efforts to work together and multiply effects is the strategic thinking Stewart provides to Santa Rosa County.