Northwest Florida is served by excellent highway, rail, air, and sea-based infrastructure. In addition, the region offers reliable and competitively priced electricity, abundant water supplies and wastewater treatment capacity. This combination of assets supports any type of economic development project, including those requiring barge and/or deepwater capabilities. Transportation assets include:
Three Commercial Airports
Interstate 10 - traverses the region and extends from Jacksonville to Los Angeles
Major CSX East-West rail line - runs parallel to I-10, intersected by several short-line railroads that connect to the region’s deepwater ports and Norfolk-Southern rail lines
Port Panama City
This port, the largest in Northwest Florida, is located on the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway and provides easy access to the Gulf of Mexico via an 8.9-mile channel. The port, which handles bulk, breakbulk, and container cargoes, is one of the closest ports to the Panama Canal. It is served by the Bay Line Railroad and is located near the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Port Panama City also owns an intermodal industrial park with rail access on Highway 231. Port Panama City is designated as a foreign trade zone.
Port of Pensacola
This deepwater port has an area designated as a foreign trade zone and an enterprise zone. The port, which handles specialty bulk and breakbulk cargoes, is located on the Gulf of Mexico. Rail service is provided by CSX Corporation and Alabama Gulf Coast Railway.
Port of Port St. Joe
This port has an industrial canal with access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. It is located on St. Joseph's Bay and includes two separate properties. Traffic is able to move easily between these properties under the elevated US Highway 98 Bridge (vertical clearance 75 feet).
Other nearby ports to Northwest Florida:
Class 1 Railroads
Short Line Railroads
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Northwest Florida is serviced by two investor-owned electric utilities (Gulf Power
and Duke Energy
), four electric membership cooperatives (Escambia River EC
, West Florida EC
, and GulfCoast EC
) that are part of the PowerSouth
energy system, and municipal electricity providers. Rates vary, and special rates are available for industrial and other large customers.
Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC operates a 5,000-mile pipeline system with extensive access to diverse natural gas supply sources which can deliver 2.3 Bcf/day of natural gas to the rapidly growing Florida peninsula. The Florida customer base includes electric utilities, independent power producers, industrials, and local distribution companies.