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WALTON COUNTY, Fla.— May 24, 2022 – The Walton County Tourism Department is celebrating the recent graduations of Christy Gibson, Patti Blake, and Garrison Davis from the Walton Area Chamber’s Leadership Walton course.

“We are incredibly proud of our team’s accomplishments and their dedication to immersing themselves in the community,” says Matt Algarin, director of communications for the Walton County Tourism Department. “Investing in programs like this not only help them grow as professionals, but it also helps support our community partners.”

The eight-month long course is comprised of multiple Dale Carnegie class sessions, team building exercises, and site visitations to better understand the infrastructure of Walton County. The class also receives presentations from organizations in the area and chooses one entity to focus on for their class project. This year’s class chose to raise money for Safe Connections, a child advocacy center focused on providing safe meeting spaces for families. Along with raising funds the class also volunteered countless hours to give the property a facelift.

The tourism department remains invested in developing its staff and the relationships with its partners in the community. Investing in these partnerships allows the staff to network with other professionals in the community and enhance their knowledge of the area. As Walton County continues to grow, the importance of building community leaders becomes ever more important.

The Walton Area Chamber’s 2022-23 Leadership Walton class is currently accepting applications for anyone interested in completing the course. For more information on the program or applications please visit: www.waltonareachamber.com/leadership-walton/


About South Walton:

Located along a 26-mile stretch of white sandy beaches in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses 16 distinct beach neighborhoods, each with its own visual style, amenities and charm. South Walton is home to four state parks, one state forest, and more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. Renowned for natural scenic beauty, turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches, South Walton was named one of the “Secret Florida Beaches” by Travel + Leisure, but is easily accessible as a drive to destination or by flying to nearby airports Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) or the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). An upscale, yet casual place to unwind, South Walton is the place to recharge and build lasting memories. Learn more at VisitSouthWalton.com or follow Visit South Walton on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.