The Jackson County Economic Development Committee (Jackson EDC) is standing ready to help you find your place here in Jackson County, Florida. Jackson EDC is the lead economic development organization in the County. The organization is focused to help with site selection, incentives, workforce recruitment, training, and whatever else you need to be successful here.
Executive Director, CareerSource Chipola, Opportunity Florida
Richard Williams has served as the Executive Director of CareerSource Chipola, a private sector driven policy and oversight organization designed to assist employers and employees in a five county area (Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington), since 2003. He is responsible for working closely with local governments, economic development organizations, and private sector entities to help improve the business climate, and thus employment opportunities, in the region.
Prior to leading CareerSource Chipola, Mr. Williams was the first Executive Director for Opportunity Florida beginning in 2000. In May of 2016, CareerSource Chipola signed an agreement with Opportunity Florida, a ten-county regional economic development organization, to serve as the management organization for Opportunity Florida. CareerSource Chipola and Opportunity Florida are the first directly linked regional workforce board and regional economic development organization in Florida. Mr. Williams also serves as the Executive Director for Opportunity Florida. Williams has been honored as Past President of the Florida Workforce Development Association, The Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year 2014, as a member of the First Class of the University of Florida Wedgeworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and as a Florida State FFA Officer 1982-83. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Opportunity Florida is focused on strengthening the existing businesses within Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, northern Walton, Wakulla and Washington counties, and the City of Freeport (communities as designated to be part of the Governor’s NW Florida Rural Area of Opportunity). We strive to provide the connectivity, resources, knowledge, and leverage to help make things happen for your business located in these communities. In short, our goal is to create "opportunities" for our regional businesses and workers. OpportunityFlorida.com