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Newcomers Panel at TEcMEN Industry Day Showcases Northwest Florida’s Growth

One of our economic development partners, One Okaloosa Economic Development Council, recently hosted their annual one-day technology, engineering and manufacturing expo, TeCMEN Industry Day, in Fort Walton Beach. This event is designed to offer robust and relevant content from industry leaders as well as foster networking opportunities to connect with existing or potential customers and highlight products and capabilities.

During this year’s TEcMEN Industry Day, a panel featured companies in manufacturing, defense contracting and medical technology sectors that recently located throughout Northwest Florida. PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s Scarlett Phaneuf moderated the panel to engage the company executives about their experience of establishing a corporate footprint in the region.

The panelists included:

  • Chris Hart, CEO, Central Moloney Inc.
  • Dennis Wikoff, President & COO, Vertex Solutions
  • Mike Mullen, President & CEO, Circulogene
  • Michael Litton, CEO, American Metal Bearing

The company executives had a few common themes when asked about their decisions to locate in Northwest Florida. One executive spoke about the ample supply of skilled labor available in the area because of career certification programs and access to military veterans. Another spoke about the speed to market for their company by having project-ready industrial property. Lastly, all the panelists remarked that they believed the region’s exceptional quality of life could attract and retain talent needed for their future success.

TeCMEN Industry Day is held each year. For more information, please visit www.tecmenindustryday.com.

 

NEWS

Florida’s Great Northwest Foundation Announces Selection of Inaugural Leadership Northwest Florida Class

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.

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Inaugural Leadership Program Launches In Northwest Florida

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.

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US Secretary of Commerce Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Communities Including Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida – Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW), the regional economic development organization for the Florida panhandle, participated in this year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit, the highest-profile event in the United States dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI). SelectUSA is a U.S. government program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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FGNW Positions Northwest Florida on the global marketplace at SelectUSA

Northwest Florida was well-represented at the SelectUSA Investment Summit held at the end of June in National Harbor, Maryland. The summit is the largest event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.

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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.  

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FGNW’s 2022 Legislative Priorities

Working in conjunction with our local economic development organizations and FGNW’s lobbyist, Darrick McGhee of Johnson & Blanton, FGNW’s 2022 Legislative Priorities have been identified.

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Central Moloney, Inc. Selects Bay County for its New Manufacturing Operations

Central Moloney Incorporated will be establishing a manufacturing operation in Bay County, Florida.

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The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund Strengthens Northwest Florida

Governor DeSantis has presented rural and urban communities throughout Northwest Florida with $3.6 million through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund in 2021.

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Proud Source Announces New Source Location in Marianna, Florida

MARIANNA, FLORIDA (October 5, 2021) - Proud Source Water, a natural alkaline spring water bottled at the source, announced the opening of a second spring location and production facility in Marianna, Florida. Construction of the facility is complete, and it will begin production in late 2021.

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