With a dedicated, highly skilled workforce exceeding 700,000, Northwest Florida can accommodate the employment needs of diverse relocating and expanding businesses. Northwest Florida’s workforce includes graduates from the region’s research universities and network of state colleges, community colleges and technical centers, along with recently retired and separating military personnel who choose to remain in Northwest Florida after completing their service at one of the region’s 6 military bases.
The strong government and military presence has helped develop several of the region’s key industry clusters, including Aviation, Aerospace, and Defense, where many of the recently separated military personnel already possess the security clearances required by government contractors and suppliers.
Florida's Great Northwest, CareerSource Florida and Northwest Florida’s four CareerSource regional offices are committed to meeting companies’ employment and training needs. Through a regional network of Workforce Centers, businesses considering locating or expanding in Northwest Florida can access a variety of employ including:
Labor market information
Incentive and tax credit information
Employee recruitment, applicant screening and testing
Customized skills training such as the Quick Response Training and the Incumbent Worker Training programs
For more information about the Northwest Florida workforce, please contact Florida's Great Northwest or any of the Workforce Boards listed below (county jurisdictions are noted).
Northwest Florida Workforce Boards
Serving Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington Counties
4636 Hwy. 90 East, Suite K
Marianna, FL 32446
Phone: (850) 718-0456, x102
CareerSource Gulf Coast
Serving Bay, Franklin and Gulf Counties
5230 West U S Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401-1058
Phone: (850) 913-3285
Serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
9111 Sturdevant Street, Suite A
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: (850) 473-0939
CareerSource Okaloosa Walton
Serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties
109 Eighth Avenue
Shalimar, FL 32579
Phone: (850) 651-2315 or (850) 651-8623
"The people are the biggest asset to any business and truly Northwest Florida has an abundance of talented individuals that not only care about their jobs, but equally about their community and their country. I fully believe that the military influence is a vital part of this culture."