May 30, 2023

Charles F. James, IV Completes Inaugural Class of Leadership Northwest Florida

Pensacola, FL –

Clark Partington is proud to announce that Charles F. James, IV, Board Certified Real Estate Attorney & Shareholder, is a graduate of the new regional collaboration program called Leadership Northwest Florida. James 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 Charles 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.”

“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. “Charles was selected for demonstrating the ideal characteristics sought after in program participants.”

“The mission of Leadership Northwest Florida aligns with our commitment to the region,” said Alan Manning of Clark Partington. “We were delighted to have Charles join this elite group of professionals in the inaugural Leadership Northwest Florida class.

The Firm congratulates Charles and all fellow Northwest Florida leaders who served in this important inaugural class.

Applications for Class II will be available in June and the deadline to apply is September 6, 2023.

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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 knowledgebase, network, and skillset in the 12-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.

About Clark Partington:

Clark Partington is a preeminent Gulf Coast regional law firm, serving the comprehensive legal needs of individuals and businesses as trusted advisors and counsel, with offices in Pensacola, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach & Tallahassee.

We stand on the shoulders of the founders who forged the success of our firm, we are shaped by our respect for their legacy, and propelled forward by a quiet confidence born of 47 years of excellence.