Distribution & Logistics

With a Northwest Florida location, your company can reach much of the southeastern U.S. by truck within a one-day truck haul, the rest of the U.S. by rail, and internationally by ocean carrier. The region offers the following benefits for companies like yours to help you move goods efficiently:

  • Nearly 800 manufacturers in the region and a manufacturing workforce of 40,000 within a one-hour drive time MAP  
  • 3 deep-water ports, two of which are Foreign Trade Zones  , and access to 4 additional ports/FTZs
  • Class1 Rail CSX with access to short lines and Class 1 Rail Norfolk Southern
  • I-10 running from Jacksonville to Los Angeles, also connecting to I-65, I-75 and I-95
  • Available properties   on wide swaths of land with access to multimodal transportation networks



Distribution and logistics related companies in our laborshed include:

  • 71 General Freight Trucking (Local)
  • 68 Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking (Local)
  • 61 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload
  • 34 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services


The laborshed has seen significant growth in distribution and logistics related jobs over the last five years:

  • 287% growth in Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance
  • 275% growth in Port and Harbor Operations
  • 53% growth in General Freight Trucking (Local)


Port Panama City, with its six deep-water berths, Foreign Trade Zone status and 200-acre Intermodal Distribution Center, is a significant regional asset, as is the Port of Pensacola. These assets, coupled with the new 4,000-acre Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City in Bay County, make Northwest Florida an ideal hub for international trade.  Learn more about Northwest Florida’s Transportation Infrastructure.


Business Cost Advantages

Northwest Florida will benefit from $1.5 billion in economic development enhancements, such as workforce training and infrastructure, over the next 15 years. Additionally, Florida ranks among the best states for business because of its pro-business tax policies and competitive cost of doing business.

Your company can benefit from inducements to help offset initial costs when locating a new or expanding your existing business in Northwest Florida. Moreover, your business dollars go further given the state's limited corporate taxes and your employees benefit from 0% state personal income tax.

Learn more about incentives available with a Northwest Florida location.



Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.

Kim Wilmes - President & CEO

President & CEO