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.
Daytona State College
A public state college and member institution of the Florida College System, DSC offers the Associate of Arts and various Associate of Science degrees, and as of 2014 offered six bachelor’s degrees: the Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. In addition to degree related course studies, the college offers multiple industry specific certification programs developed based on industry labor force needs of the area.
DSC is home to the Southeast Museum of Photography, and has partnered with Flagler County school districts to form the Advanced Technology College, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits via dual enrollment. As of 2014, the school served nearly 30,000 students annually.
Dr. Tom LoBasso was named Interim President of Daytona State College in January 2015 by the institution’s District Board of Trustees. Immediately prior to his appointment, LoBasso served as chief operating officer and provost at the college. He brings to the institution’s top post a deeply rounded background in higher education leadership that spans more than two decades, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and supervision for academic affairs, accreditation, student development, college marketing, institutional effectiveness, regional campus operations and facilities services.
Learn more at https://www.daytonastate.edu/
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.