Focusing on recruiting new companies and expanding our existing business community, the Flagler County DEO professional team is trained to assist company executives and site consultants in every aspect of the site selection process.
The Economic Opportunity Advisory Council consists of nine members appointed by the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners based on his/her targeted industry expertise.
Partnerships with our local governments and municipalities are the backbone of Flagler Department of Economic Opportunity. Through local partnerships, we create a network of resources to assist businesses in all their needs.
Helga van Eckert
Helga van Eckert has over 15 years experience in driving public/private partnerships that promote the growth of new business while ensuring the retention and expansion of existing businesses, all while providing for an enhanced quality of life. Relocating from New Jersey, where she served as the Executive Director of a northern New Jersey city Department of Economic and Community Development, Redevelopment, Urban Enterprise Zone and Business Improvement District, Ms. Van Eckert has a reputation of being a strong leader, team builder and innovative problem-solver. In New Jersey she leaves behind a legacy of having negotiated and managed multiple developer/redeveloper agreements that have resulted in approximately 1.5 million square feet of industrial/warehouse space, over 1,000 new jobs and millions in municipal tax revenues. Helga has been charged with repositioning Flagler County to compete nationally in business recruitment and economic development.
Donald O’Brien, appointed Chair to the Economic Opportunity Advisory Council in 2017. Donald is a Rotarian and a member of several community and business organizations. He is a board member and past two-time Chairman of the Board of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Board and chairs the 20/20 Society fundraising campaign, and serves on the board and the finance committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties.
Robin King became the President & CEO of CareerSource Flagler Volusia in 2013, after a 24-year tenure in this organization. Robin rose to the leadership role after holding a series of key positions, which included: case manager, planning and research administrator, director of operations and vice president.
Robin currently serves on various boards for local economic development corporations, United Way, child welfare organizations, One Voice for Volusia, the National Association of Women in Construction, and the Homeless Continuum of Care. In 2007 the Daytona Regional Chamber recognized Robin for her community volunteer work with the Marvin Samuels Award. In 2008 she was awarded the President’s Call to Service Award.
CareerSource Flagler Volusia provides recruitment-related services, human resource information and training opportunities to businesses and job seekers in our community. Services are funded through various public and private sources. Providing innovative customized employment and training solutions to support economic prosperity in collaboration with economic development, education, chambers of commerce, community-based organizations, local governments and active business partners; CareerSource Flagler Volusia helps the Flagler County community reduce recruitment costs, and provide the information and resources needed to attain and maintain qualified employees.
Learn more at http://www.careersourcefv.com/about-us/
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Department of Economic Opportunity
Helga van Eckert – Executive Director
Address: 1769 E Moody Blvd Bunnell, FL 32110
The Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9am on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Flagler BOCC Chambers.
Business Concierge Services
Flagler County DEO prides itself on service to businesses to include connection to relocation services, temporary office space, employment assistance and temporary administrative support.