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New UAS Pilot Boot Camp Program Offered at Minimal Cost

Posted: September 14, 2020

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. This opportunity covers the college tuition and industry certification education and training for individuals living in Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Wakulla Counties, made possible through Triumph Gulf Coast. Priority is also given to active and exiting military members and their spouses. Program completers become certified and qualified as remote pilots of unmanned aerial systems, including visual line of sight and beyond visual line of sight in aircraft greater than 20 pounds. Those who successfully complete the program will receive eight industry certifications and potential career opportunities in areas such as agriculture, civil service, construction, engineering, insurance and real estate.

The next remaining classes this year begin September 28 and November 2. For more information or to register, visit https://www.unmannedsafetyinstitute.org/uas-bootcamp.

 

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Probes Unlimited, Inc. Celebrates New Location in Holmes County

(Sept. 17, 2021 – Bonifay, Fla.) Today, the Holmes County Development Commission (HCDC) hosted local, regional and state officials for the grand opening celebration of Probes Unlimited, Inc. (PUI), Northwest Florida’s newest manufacturer, in its new Florida site in Bonifay.

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Holmes County Development Commission Announces the Location of Probes Unlimited, Inc. to Bonifay, Fla.

The Holmes County Development Commission (HCDC) announces the location of Probes Unlimited, Inc. (PUI), a manufacturer of OEM Sensing Devices, to Holmes County, Fla.

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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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ABLE Operations Finishes Analysis of Northwest Florida's Labor Market

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.

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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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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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