Florida’s Great Northwest Foundation Honors Graduate of Leadership Northwest Florida Class II

Florida’s Great Northwest Foundation Honors Graduate of Leadership Northwest Florida Class II

The Highland Group, a leading real estate development and commercial construction firm serving the Southeastern United States, is proud to announce that Senior Project Manager, Jeff Wiater, P.E. graduated from the Leadership Northwest Florida Class II on May 17, 2024. Twenty-two leaders were selected by Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW) Foundation to participate in Class II of the program focused on regional collaboration through community, content, and connection.

Class II participants were immersed in a seven-month educational program and met other leaders from a variety of backgrounds who represent Northwest Florida’s diverse composition. It offered participants a holistic view of the conditions, challenges and opportunities that are shared throughout the region focusing on the areas of Business Vitality, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Infrastructure, Talent, and Quality of Place.

“The FGNW Foundation Board selected individuals most likely to utilize their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit and betterment of Northwest Florida,” said Jennifer Conoley, President and CEO of Florida’s Great Northwest & FGNW Foundation. “Jeff Wiater, P.E. was selected for demonstrating the ideal characteristics sought after in program participants.”

“The mission of Leadership Northwest Florida aligns with our commitment to higher standards and dedication to building stronger communities where we live, work, and play,” said Craig Blackburn, Vice President of Operations for The Highland Group. “We are delighted to have Jeff Wiater, P.E. join other leaders across Northwest Florida in this inaugural class to grow their knowledge base, network, and skillset.”

For more information on the program, visit https://www.floridasgreatnorthwest.com/lnwf. To view the press release of all the class members, visit https://www.floridasgreatnorthwest.com/news/regional-collaboration-program-celebrates-its-second-class-of-graduates. For more information on The Highland Group visit www.thehighlandgroup.com.

For applications, please visit https://www.floridasgreatnorthwest.com/lnwf.  The deadline to receive applications for the Class of 2024-2025 will be September 4, 2024. For more information, please contact Kasey Killebrew, 334-790-4557 or [email protected].

About The Highland Group

The Highland Group is a real estate development and commercial construction firm that specializes in real estate development, pre-construction services, general contracting, construction management, and design-build delivery. Their mission is to develop leaders committed to higher standards who have an impact on their firm and the communities in which they work and live by developing trusting relationships and building quality projects. The Highland Group has offices located in the Gulf Coast Region (501 South McKenzie Street, Suite 2, Foley, Alabama, 36535), the Tennessee Valley Region (1300 Meridian Street North, Suite 300, Huntsville, Alabama, 35801), and the Florida Panhandle Region (130 Richard Jackson Blvd., Suite 104A, Panama City Beach, Florida, 32407). They have been proudly serving clients throughout the Southeastern United States since 2005. Learn more at www.thehighlandgroup.com.

About Leadership Northwest Florida

For Northwest Florida to continue to compete, diversify and thrive, it will take informed, dedicated leaders who understand the complex and competitive environment of economic transformation. Leadership Northwest Florida is designed to be an educational program offered for professionals in all industry sectors desiring to grow their knowledge base, network, and skillset in the 13-county region of Florida’s Great Northwest footprint. This experience will ultimately result in long-term influence of the leadership graduates for the betterment of Northwest Florida.

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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