Widely known for its white sand beaches which draw national and international travelers, Northwest Florida is also a destination for business. But beyond our beaches, we are a hub for the aerospace, defense, cyber, financial, manufacturing and tech industries. Our businesses recognize our competitive advantages in workforce training, upgraded infrastructure, and project ready sites.
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Northwest Florida has old Florida charm – miles of undeveloped beach, fresh local seafood and welcoming communities – but dig a little deeper and you’ll find forward-thinking communities working to grow our tech, aerospace, defense and manufacturing industries. Through infrastructure development and focused workforce training, the region is on the cusp of being the next global hub for these targeted industries. We invite you to build on our successes and become part of the fabric of our growing communities.
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Okaloosa County is home to Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, giving it a built-in workforce for high-tech employment, including aviation, aerospace and defense businesses. Bob Sikes Industrial Airpark is ideally suited for these industries. Yet the county is also known as a family-friendly community with white sand beaches and world-class golf.
Home to The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Tyndall Air Force Base and the deep-water Port Panama City, Bay County also has 27 miles of beaches for year round snorkeling, fishing, boating and diving. Bay is also home to many family attractions, the famed Shell Island and St. Andrews State Park.
In Calhoun County, businesses will find pad-ready sites directly served by the county’s airport. The county is also home to several unique ecosystems along the Apalachicola River where you can enjoy year-round boating, fishing and exploring its many canoe and kayak trails.
Home to Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Blue Angels, Port of Pensacola and America’s oldest settlement, Escambia County has a large population of military retirees and educational and training institutions including University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.
A part of the “Forgotten Coast,” Franklin County offers a relaxed lifestyle in its many coastal communities. Franklin is also home to the Apalachicola Air Park at the Franklin County/Apalachicola Regional Airport where there is ample industrial and commercial land available for development.
Gulf Country is home to Port St. Joe and has several industrial parks and industrially zoned sites, some with direct water access for marine industries. From the ancient cypress forests of Dead Lakes to the white sands of Gulf of Mexico, the county offers world-class golf, hunting, diving and fishing.
Holmes County is a friendly rural community, rich with natural beauty with forests, lakes, creeks and the Choctawhatchee River, Ponce De Leon Springs State Park and Vortex Springs. Here you’ll find a more relaxed lifestyle just a short drive to the beaches and major tourist destinations.
Jackson County has a long history as a manufacturing and distribution center and has the infrastructure, sites and skilled workforces to support new development. It’s also home to Chipola College. The county’s natural features include Florida Caverns State Park, the only walk-through caves in the state.
A mostly rural county, Liberty is home to the Apalachicola and Ochlockonee Rivers and 836-square miles of Apalachicola National Forest. The county balances it’s invaluable natural resources with expanding business and an industrial base that leverages the county’s abundant pine resources.
One of the fastest growing counties in the country, Santa Rosa has ready-to-build sites and a trained and experienced workforce. Home to both beautiful beaches and a fast-growing tech community, Santa Rosa County is an ideal location for aerospace, aviation, tech or manufacturing industries.
Walton County’s fully-developed industrial parks and enterprise zones and proximity to the deep-water Port Panama City and its foreign trade zone make it a great place to do business. Its 26 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, four state parks and family-oriented communities mean it’s also a great place to live.
Washington County is ready to help you grow your business! This growing county is home to Florida Panhandle Technical College and has forward thinking local governments ready to work with new and expanding businesses. The county is also home to the scenic Falling Waters State Park, seaside horseback riding trails, golf and the Seacrest Wolf Preserve.
Leadership Northwest Florida is an educational program offered for professionals in all industry sectors desiring to grow their knowledgebase, network, and skillset in the 12-county region of Florida’s Great Northwest footprint. This experience will ultimately result in long-term influence of the leadership graduates for the betterment of Northwest Florida.
FGNW Foundation’s Endowment Fund was invested using a cost averaging strategy to navigate the market volatility due to the pandemic. Long-term, the fund will provide a recurring source of revenue for the efforts of both FGNW and the Foundation.
Florida’s Great Northwest Foundation has selected its participants for the inaugural Leadership Northwest Florida class. Eighteen leaders were selected to participate in Class I of the program focused on regional collaboration through community, content and connection.Read More »
The Holmes County Development Commission (HCDC) announces the location of Probes Unlimited, Inc. (PUI), a manufacturer of OEM Sensing Devices, to Holmes County, Fla.Read More »
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