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Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

Published: April 18, 2012

Northwest Florida is a global leader in Aviation, Aerospace and Defense. With a unique concentration of military bases, Northwest Florida has attracted many of the largest U.S. defense contractors and commercial aviation businesses. 

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Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Published: April 18, 2012

Northwest Florida’s unique geographic location within the State of Florida makes it an ideal location for companies involved in transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL). The Panhandle is a major TDL center, providing quick and easy access to the rapidly growing Southeastern United States.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Published: April 18, 2012

With 850 traditional and advanced technology manufacturing companies and more than 25,000 employees, Northwest Florida has the transportation infrastructure, educational institutions, and skilled workforce needed to support diverse manufacturing projects.

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Education

Published: April 18, 2012

With outstanding K-12 school districts, nationally recognized research universities, and a network of public state and community colleges, private colleges and technical centers, Northwest Florida offers an educated workforce responsive to the diverse needs of relocating or expanding businesses.

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Workforce

Published: April 18, 2012

Northwest Florida’s skilled workforce includes graduates from the region’s research universities and network of state colleges and technical centers, along with recently retired and separating military personnel who choose to remain in the region after completing their service at one of the region’s 6 military bases.

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Quality of Life

Published: April 18, 2012

As a major tourist destination for the Southeastern United States, Northwest Florida offers amenities typically found in large metropolitan areas—from world-class shopping and restaurants to cultural activities including symphonies, theatre, dance, museums, galleries, historic architecture, and festivals.

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Military Assets

Published: April 18, 2012

Northwest Florida is home to a significant concentration of Air Force and Navy installations, including Naval Air Station Pensacola, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Naval Support Activity Panama City, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and Tyndall Air Force Base. It is estimated that Department of Defense spending accounts for 178,758 jobs in Northwest Florida, with 43,729 military and 19,873 personnel employed at the region's military installations.

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Pensacola MSA

Published: April 18, 2012

The Pensacola MSA , comprised of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties,  is rich in culture and provides residents with a ballet, opera, theater, symphony, and endless art and history museums. The Pensacola MSA is home to NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field, Pensacola International Airport, and the Port of Pensacola.

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Fort Walton Beach MSA

Published: April 18, 2012

The Fort Walton Beach MSA is home to Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and Duke Field. As a result there is a significant concentration of high-tech employment, particularly in aviation, aerospace, and defense businesses, as well as a highly skilled, dedicated, workforce that includes thousands of separating or retired military men and women.  

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Panama City MSA

Published: April 18, 2012

The Panama City MSA is home to Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City. The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Bay Line and CSX rail, Interstate 10, and Port Panama City provide the Panama City MSA with a unique transportation infrastructure.  

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Rural Northwest Florida

Published: April 18, 2012

The Northwest Florida Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC) includes eight counties organized as Opportunity Florida . These Northwest Florida rural counties offer aggressive tax incentives to new and expanding businesses.

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Tallahassee MSA

Published: April 18, 2012

The Tallahassee MSA, comprised of Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, and Wakulla counties, includes the State Capitol, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, as well as several world-class university research centers. The Tallahassee MSA offers businesses and residents the best of both worlds - a small town quality of life with easy access to the amenities associated with a larger city.

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