About Explore Northwest Florida
Explore Northwest Florida is a team of Northwest Florida counties that have joined together to create a regional destination marketing organization with a mission to encourage sustainable tourism through public/private partnerships to preserve and promote the unique resources of the region. Stretching from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico to the northern Florida state line flanked by the Apalachicola River and Bay estuary system in the east to the coastal sand dunes and Choctawhatchee River in the west, you’ll find the region delivers an abundance of amenities ready to offer visitors a nature-based tourism destination.
Since 2010 Explore Northwest Florida (previously known as RiverWay South) has leveraged local contributions with grant funding and in kind services totaling over $400,000 annually to carry out the mission of the organization. The organization matches every dollar of local funding received with more than ten dollars from other sources to deliver a comprehensive and robust package of marketing programs, educational enhancement opportunities and promotional materials.
Check Out Our Team
Board of Directors
Allara Mills Gutcher
The Planning Collaborative
John Alter, Northwest Florida Water Management District
Leslie Steele, Gadsden County Tourist Development Council
Benjamin Chandler, Apalachee Regional Planning Council
Jason Cutshaw, Walton County TDC/Visit South Walton
Susan Estes, Opportunity Florida
Melinda Gates, Walton County
Kelli Godwin, Gulf County Tourist Development Council
Heather Lopez, Washington County Tourist Development Council
Lesley Hatfield, Holmes County TDC and Chamber of Commerce
Dan Rowe, Bay County TDC/Visit Panama City Beach
John Solomon, Franklin County Tourist Development Council
Kristy Terry, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
Betty Webb, Project Manager
PO Box 473 – Apalachicola, FL 32329 – (850) 323-0567
RiverWay South Apalachicola Choctawhatchee, dba Explore Northwest Florida, governing documents, conflict of interest policy, and financial statements as well as board meeting minutes are available upon request.