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Central Moloney Inc. Celebrates New Facility in Northwest Florida

This week, business and community leaders in Northwest Florida celebrated the newest manufacturer to join our growing family – Central Moloney Inc. (CMI). CMI is an Arkansas-based company that manufactures and distributes electrical transformers and their components. This announcement marks the opening of their sixth facility, the first outside of its home state, creating more than 200 new jobs.  

CMI is locating in an existing 140,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in VentureCrossings Enterprise Center in Panama City, Florida just two miles from the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Chris Hart, CEO of CMI, said at the welcome celebration that this announcement was a commitment to continued growth.  

“Back in Arkansas we have a saying, and it goes - the only way to coast is downhill. And that’s a mantra for us,” said Hart. “But here’s what I say today – this move, the only coast it represents is just a few miles down the road. Because for us, we’re going to make this big, with your help.”

Florida’s Great Northwest identified the company as having growth potential and being a possible fit for Northwest Florida. Code-named Project Lightning Strike, the company learned about the unmatched advantages within the region’s manufacturing sector and spent time learning about the numerous opportunities for growth in the region before ultimately selecting Bay County for its expansion. To learn more about the resources available to company executives about the site selection search and process, contact one of our FGNW team members today.

 

NEWS

REGIONAL COLLABORATION PROGRAM CELEBRATES ITS SECOND CLASS OF GRADUATES

At a closing retreat and graduation ceremony on May 17, 2024, Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW) Foundation honored its new graduates from Leadership Northwest Florida, a regional collaboration program focused on community, content, and connection.

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Florida was ranked 4th in Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index

Florida was ranked 4th in Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index.

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Florida's Great Northwest's Shane Chadwick Achieves International Economic Development Certification

Regional economic development professional, Shane Chadwick, who serves as business intelligence and marketing manager with Florida’s Great Northwest, has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

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Okaloosa County’s Shoal River Ranch Gigasite recognized with prestigious ‘Select Site’ distinction by CSX Railroad

Okaloosa County’s Shoal River Ranch Gigasite recognized with prestigious ‘Select Site’ distinction by CSX Railroad

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NORTHWEST FLORIDA’S STATE LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION GATHE RS WITH BUSINESS LEADERS IN TALLAHASSEE

Tallahassee, FL – This week, community leaders from the region’s 13 counties gathered in the State’s Capitol to support the legislators from Northwest Florida to demonstrate the commitment to their state leadership roles that are critical keys to the region’s success in economic competitiveness.

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Florida Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly Appoints Jennifer Conoley to the SelectFlorida Board of Directors

Florida Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly announced the first SelectFlorida Board of Directors, appointing Greg Britton, Jennifer Conoley, Beth Kigel, Nick Primrose, Michael Simas, Kelly Smallridge and Mark Wilson to the board.

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Florida's Great Northwest Hosts Top Site Location Consultants in Marianna

Florida's Great Northwest (FGNW) hosted four top site location consultants this month in Marianna, Florida as part of their ‘Beyond Our Beaches’ Site Selector Mission.

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Florida’s Great Northwest CEO Recognized as One of Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders

Northwest Florida – Jennifer Conoley, President & CEO of Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW), has been named to Florida Trend’s prestigious Florida 500 list. This annual list highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state of Florida. The editors of Florida Trend conducted a year-long research initiative resulting in a personal and engaging look at the state's most influential business leaders.

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SAVE THE DATES: Northwest Florida Days 2024

We kindly ask for you to please save the dates for our 2024 Northwest Florida Days events in Tallahassee during Florida’s Legislative Session: January 17th - 18th, 2024.

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Over 100 Regional Leaders Gather with Nationally Recognized Workforce and Data Strategist

Filling open positions with a qualified workforce is the number one site selection factor in many companies’ decisions about where to locate or expand. This workforce gap is found in nearly every city across the United States. While it’s not a unique program to our region, Florida’s Great Northwest and Opportunity Florida, regional economic development organizations in Northwest Florida, hosted an event to explore the truth in data and dispel myths related to workforce challenges.

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