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Posted on: May 19, 2023

Grey Dodge graduates in inaugural class of new regional collaboration program

* Grey Dodge pictured with Jennifer Conoley, President and CEO of Florida’s Great Northwest

The City of Panama City is proud to announce Grey Dodge, Economic Development and Community Redevelopment Director, is a graduate of the new regional collaboration program called Leadership Northwest Florida. Dodge was selected by Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW) Foundation to participate in Class I of the program designed to foster a deeper understanding of the region’s diverse landscape through community, content and connection. A formal graduation ceremony was held on May 12, 2023.

Class I participants were immersed in a seven-month educational program which offered a holistic view of the conditions, challenges and opportunities that are shared throughout Northwest Florida focusing on the areas of Business Vitality, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Infrastructure, Talent, and Quality of Place.

“One of the goals of Leadership Northwest Florida was to create a pipeline of engaged and empowered ambassadors for Northwest Florida who would bring long-term influence for the betterment of not just one county, but for our entire region,” said Jennifer Conoley, President & CEO of FGNW & FGNW Foundation. “After completion of the program, I’m extremely proud to say that Dodge is exactly the ideal regional leader who is equipped to use his own platform, skills and abilities to promote positive change across all Northwest Florida.”

For more information on the program, visit Applications for Class II will be available in June and the deadline to apply is September 6, 2023. To view the press release of all the class members, visit

* Grey Dodge pictured with Jennifer Conoley, President and CEO of Florida’s Great Northwest & FGNW Foundation.

About Florida’s Great Northwest

Florida’s Great Northwest is the regional economic development organization for the Florida Panhandle. The organization was created to promote Northwest Florida for economic growth and diversification, advocate for economic development issues that affect the region, and collaborate to improve regional competitiveness. The organization accomplishes this in partnership with the state and local economic development organizations, rural regional economic development organization, utility partners, private sector businesses, local government, higher education institutions, workforce boards, and community leaders.

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