Triumph Gulf Coast hires new program administrator

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As a result of the damage inflicted on the Florida Gulf Coast by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Triumph Gulf Coast was organized to oversee the expenditure of 75 percent of all funds recovered by the Florida Attorney General from that event. The counties affected by the oil spill included Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla.

The final board members were appointed in June of 2017. The next step was to hire a program administrator to oversee the application processes and to help with those applications. During their board meeting by conference call Wednesday, they accepted the application of Cori Henderson to serve as the program administrator. She is presently serving with Enterprise Florida in Tallahassee.

The board unanimously voted to hire her based on her extensive experience in the certain areas. Incoming board president Senator Don Gaetz had this to say about her qualifications, "She's particularly suited for this job because of her skills in economic development and helping businesses create plans that might make them qualified for Triumph Gulf Coast awards."

She will officially meet the board at their next meeting in January 2018 in Apalachicola.