Bay County

Bay County is a dynamic hub, located in the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast. The region hosts many key military assets, including Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC), and serves as home to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and Port Panama City. With 27 miles of inviting beaches, it's a year-round playground for activities like snorkeling, fishing, boating, and diving. Family attractions, such as Shell Island and St. Andrews State Park, add to its charm.

Bay County prides itself on a probusiness attitude that supports growth and connectivity to the world. As a result, we are dedicated to prioritizing strong infrastructure to support regional enterprise. Public and private leaders focus on quality economic development, making it a compelling destination for both residents and businesses to thrive.



Top Assets

  1. Triumph Gulf Coast Grant Eligible
  • 1 of 8 communities eligible to receive Triumph Gulf Coast Grant Funds to support economic development projects.
  1. Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)

  • The first U.S. International airport built since 1995, the airport currently occupies approximately 1,200 acres, of its 4,000-acre campus, with a 10,000 ft runway and pad ready sites.

  • Served by American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines

  • Ability to establish Foreign Trade Zone

  1. Port Panama City

  • Two terminals, with 6 berths totaling 4,200 ft of deep-water berthing with 36’ mean depth.

  • Intermodal Distribution Center with 2 pad ready sites totaling 82 acres, with rail access.

  • Foreign Trade Zone #65 established.

  1. Bay Line Railroad

  • A short line rail operated by Genesee & Wyoming, provides five-day-a-week freight service, connecting to both CSX and Norfolk Southern Terminals which provide service to Atlanta, the Midwest and Northeast U.S.

  1. Two Industrial Parks with sites certified by Quest and McCallum Sweeney

  • Provides peace of mind that the property is ready for development, through verified third-party due diligence.

  1. Bay-Walton Sector Plan

  • A 110,000-acre master-planned development anchored by the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, supporting industrial, commercial, retail, residential and amenity uses, all while dedicating 53,229 acres or 48% to conservation and preservation areas.

  1. Tyndall Air Force Base

  • Headquarters to the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, which has the sole responsibility for ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense for the continental United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

  • Currently being reconstructed as the “Installation of the Future”, with construction costs exceeding $5B.

  1. Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC)

  • Home to Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division, Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Navy Experiment Diving Unit and U.S. Coast Guard Station Panama City.

  1. 5 higher education institutions including: Florida State University - Panama City (Tier 1 Research University), Gulf Coast State College, Haney Technical College (FAA Certified A&P Program), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Troy University.

Bay Economic Development Alliance

Becca Hardin
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City FL 32401

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