Supportive Business Networks

Northwest Florida is committed to transforming the region into a competitive location for businesses. Florida’s Great Northwest is leading the charge in partnership with Florida Power and Light, the University of West Florida, West Florida Regional Planning Council, Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Opportunity Florida, and many more organizations. Business, government, educational, and community leaders are all working together to ensure we have the best climate for your business.


Aviation, Aerospace, Defense

Northwest Florida is becoming a serious center of aerospace activity.

  • Proximity to 6 major aerospace OEMs
  • 6 major aviation military installations
  • Large aerospace workforce in place
  • Exiting military grows the workforce every year
  • Available sites with runway access
  • Robust aviation training programs
  • Active R&D: McKinley Climatic Lab, Air Force
  • Research Lab and the Reef

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Manufacturing, Distribution & Logistics

Location and workforce means a growing manufacturing sector.

  • Proximity to 13 auto and 6 aerospace OEMs
  • Nearly 800 manufacturers in the region, with a manufacturing workforce of 56,000
  • 2 deep-water ports with Foreign Trade Zones
  • Available site with access to multimodal transportation networks
  • Robust training programs at all levels
  • Active R&D: Institute for Human & Machine Cognition and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee

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Distribution and E-Commerce   Manufacturing   Heavy Industry

Cybersecurity and IT

Northwest Florida is becoming Florida’s Cyber Coast.

  • University of West Florida is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
  • Florida LambdaRail connectivity
  • Supportive business networks:
  • IT Gulf Coast and TeCMEN
  • Home to DoD cybersecurity commands:
    • Center for Information Dominance (NAS Pensacola)
    • Navy Information Operations Command (NAS Pensacola)
    • 96th Cyberspace Test Group (Eglin AFB)
    • 47th Cyberspace Test Squadron (Eglin AFB)

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Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.

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