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.
Flagler County Executive Airport
The Flagler County Executive Airport is a county-owned, public use, general aviation airport, located along the Eastern Seaboard, just minutes off of Interstate 95. With two 5,000 foot paved runways, two heliports, and one 3,000 foot water runway, the airport accommodates every type of general aviation aircraft, from the largest corporate jets to single-engine aircraft, rotorcraft, seaplanes, and airships, as well as military aircraft.
The Flagler County Executive Airport fulfills a vital role for business activity and flight training as well as for recreational and sport aviation activities. Combines with an ever-increasing number of corporate, executive turbo-prop and jet traffic operations form vacationers, developers and business travelers in general.
With a temperate climate, there are less than two weeks per year that one would not be able to fly in Flagler County. In fact, Flagler County Executive Airport was ranked #2 by the FAA for take offs and landings in the state of Florida.
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.