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ABLE Operations Finishes Analysis of Northwest Florida's Labor Market

Posted: March 12, 2021

ABLE Operations was tasked with providing Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW) with research and analysis of the regional labor market. This study is one part of FGNW's Education ROI Research and Marketing grant funded through Triumph Gulf Coast (TGC). The purpose of this study is to inform Florida’s Great Northwest and Triumph Gulf Coast of strengths and potential gaps between key regional industries’ demand for employees, and the ability of the local training/education institutions to supply these skills.

 ABLE Operations's labor market analysis can be found here:

 

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Cowan Systems, LLC. announces new terminal in Marianna

Cowan Systems, LLC. is proud to announce the development of a new terminal in Marianna, FL. With over 90 years of experience, Cowan Systems specializes in dedicated truckload, intermodal, warehousing, brokerage, and driver staffing.

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UWF to distribute $10 million in funding to businesses creating jobs in Northwest Florida

The University of West Florida is accepting applications for the Industry Resilience and Diversification Fund, a regional economic development program with the goal to distribute $10 million in funding to businesses seeking to create jobs in Northwest Florida.

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MARY M. SWOOPE JOINS FLORIDA’S GREAT NORTHWEST

Niceville, FL – Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW) is pleased to announce Mary McDaniel Swoope has joined the FGNW team as the Director for Strategic Initiatives.  

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FLORIDA’S GREAT NORTHWEST CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS

Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW), the regional economic development organization for the 12 counties in the Florida Panhandle, celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 16th at Northwest Florida State College.

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Three Northwest Florida Manufacturers Receive Prestigious Statewide Award

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced today the five manufacturing companies that have been named as winners for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. Northwest Florida had three manufacturing winners such as Eastman Chemical Company, CEREX and Fort Walton Machining.

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New UAS Pilot Boot Camp Program Offered at Minimal Cost

Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) in partnership with Unmanned Safety Institute is now offering a condensed pathway to industry certification for piloting Unmanned Aerials Systems (UAS), by launching the UAS Pilot Boot Camp.

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AMERICAN ELITE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SELECTS FORT WALTON BEACH FOR NEW PPE MATERIAL MANUFACTURING FACILITY

Okaloosa County, Fla. (Sept 8, 2020) - American Elite Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a newly-established enterprise stood up to address the dire need for U.S. manufactured materials for the personal protective equipment market in the United States, has selected Fort Walton Beach, Florida for its new operations.  A subsidiary of American Elite Molding, America’s leading manufacturer of cable ties, American Elite PPE will begin production of melt blown polypropylene, the critical filter medium used in medical grade face masks and gowns. 

The company has leased a 14,000 SF facility located at 161 Hill Avenue in the Fort Walton Beach Commerce & Technology Park. The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County assisted American Elite PPE with identifying the required facility, finalizing local incentive agreements and securing regulatory approvals.  The announcement will result in 50 new jobs created over the next two years at 115% of Okaloosa County’s average wage – news that was celebrated by state and local leaders.

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The American Spirit of Manufacturing

During a global pandemic, Northwest Florida manufacturers rise to the occasion to manufacture medical equipment from ventilators to face shields to hand sanitizer.

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SUZUKI MOTOR OF AMERICA IS COMING TO NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. announced plans for its future Suzuki Marine Technical Center USA, scheduled to be built on a 20-acre waterfront property in Panama City, Florida.

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