About us

The Economic Council of Okeechobee County was formed in 1990 by twelve prominent business leaders in the community, each with the desire to leave a positive impact on the County lasting for generations to come. For nearly 30 years, the Economic Council has done just that, with members tirelessly working to realize a vision of a vibrant and dynamic Okeechobee County.

The ECO is a non-profit, non-partisan organization acting as a catalyst between the public and private sectors to promote open dialogue, collaboration, planning and action. The Council is the community’s oldest and most influential organization dedicated to advocating for an improved quality of life and a healthy business climate in Okeechobee County.

Since its inception, the ECO has given industry leaders a single, united voice by which they can express new ideas, business needs, and concerns to policy makers at both the local and state level. The Council consistently advocates for sensible public spending, government transparency, and believes creating a prosperous business climate is the foundation for maintaining a vibrant standard of living and way of life in Okeechobee.

The Council’s key values, priorities and committee objectives are always intended to align with our mission as an organization; “to create an environment that promotes prudent economic growth and an improved quality of life in Okeechobee County, Florida.”

Timeline of Impact

Council members are committed to positively shaping the economic and civic landscape of Okeechobee County. Below are just a few projects committees have taken action on since the Council’s formation.


1991 | Administrative Form of Government

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Zero tolerance policy

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2018 | Okeechobee COunty Economic Development Corporation

In late 2017, the ECO recognized the lack of _________ our rural economy was facing compared to other. The Council met with and the POLICOM Corporation regarding the state of Okeechobee’s economy and advocated for the County Commission to commission a study of our local economy. The first recommendation for Okeechobee County to correct its course was to create and generously fund a public-private partnership exclusively tasked with the recruitment of primary contributory industry to Okeechobee County. Thus, the Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) was formed and incorporated on July 20th, 2018