PENSACOLA – Gulf Power, as part of the Florida Power & Light Company family, is excited to announce its 24th Economic Symposium, one of the longest-standing conferences in the area. The symposium has a great reputation for connecting representatives of various businesses, economic development officials and community leaders in engaging sessions designed to understand decisions that affect our community now and how to remain focused on growing and advancing Northwest Florida.

The symposium is scheduled for Sept. 14-15, 2021, at the Baytowne Conference Center, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Miramar Beach. To register, view the agenda and learn more about the speakers, please visit The deadline for the $275 early bird registration, which includes a $50 discount, for the day and a half event has been extended through July 16. Prices will go up to $325 after July 17, and the event historically sells out.

This year’s theme, CHANGE. UP., will focus on looking beyond boundaries and roadblocks standing in the way of building a vision and creating long-term prosperity for all Northwest Floridians. Similar to the change-up pitch in baseball, everything is changing at a rapid pace, and the world of business is no exception. In order for Northwest Florida to continue moving forward, pivoting is essential and many of our speakers will motivate and excite us to “change up” the way we think and do business.

The day and a half agenda is packed with national, state-level and local experts covering topics connected to growing a vibrant and diverse economy. Speakers include:

  • Peter Zeihan a best-selling author, an energy and geopolitical strategist and symposium-attendee favorite, will combine an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help us best prepare for an uncertain future.
  • Alison Levine, the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition team, a former adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a NY Times best-selling author, will share her insights and tools on anticipating the unexpected and succeeding in challenging times.
  • Darrick McGhee, is a lobbyist, pastor and current COO for Johnson & Blanton LLC. Prior to his current role, he was the director of legislative affairs for the executive office of former Gov. Rick Scott. Darrick, who was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Florida politics by INFLUENCE Magazine in 2020, will provide us with some insight into the “legislative playbook.”
  • Brett Culp, acclaimed filmmaker and social entrepreneur whose films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, will share with us how to discover the possibility within the unknown.

Two panel sessions will focus on timely news topics facing our region:

  • Northwest Florida Leads in Manufacturing, led by Jay Garner, president and founder of Garner Economic LLC;
  • Bridging the Gap; Workforce and Education, led by Lila Jaber, Lila Jaber Consulting.

ATTENTION MEDIA: Members of the media who plan on covering the symposium do not need to register; however, we ask you to RSVP to Kimberly Blair, Media Relations by 3 p.m. Sept. 10.