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Archive » 2018 Escambia County Business Journal

Pensacola Sees Growth in Heritage Tourism Market

Pensacola Sees Growth in Heritage Tourism Market

Pensacola will play host to the inaugural Tall Ships Festival, welcoming a fleet of historic vessels for a three-day celebration of the port city’s storied maritime past.
The University of West Florida and Pensacola State College Reach New Heights

The University of West Florida and Pensacola State College Reach New Heights

Scholarship and skills on the rise in higher education
Maritime Park is a Home Run for Downtown Pensacola

Maritime Park is a Home Run for Downtown Pensacola

Wahoos and more score well for public and private investors alike
Amy Miller on Reinventing the Port of Pensacola

Amy Miller on Reinventing the Port of Pensacola

Depressed oil market fuels new direction — toward science, research
Navy Federal Credit Union Breaks Records and Continues to Expand

Navy Federal Credit Union Breaks Records and Continues to Expand

A story of the triumph and incentives
By the Numbers: The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart

By the Numbers: The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart

The hospital, expected to open in 2019, is being built in front of the existing 117-bed Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
Travel Writers Praise Pensacola's Beauty and Authenticity

Travel Writers Praise Pensacola's Beauty and Authenticity

Tourism thriving in city of five flags
NAS Pensacola Adds Cutters, Solar Farm and Cybersecurity Partnerships

NAS Pensacola Adds Cutters, Solar Farm and Cybersecurity Partnerships

Pensacola Naval Air Station is expanding the military’s already considerable presence in the local economy.
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Archive » 2017 Bay County Business Journal

Bay County Economic Overview

Bay County Economic Overview

A chance meeting led Bay County to a ‘whale,’ and its harpoon hit the mark
Bay County Film Outlook

Bay County Film Outlook

Film chief shines spotlight on Bay County
Randy Hanna and FSU PCB

Randy Hanna and FSU PCB

PCB Tourism

PCB Tourism

Diversification strengthens Panama City Beach’s tourism economy
GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace

Partnerships with local stakeholders attract GKN Aerospace to Bay County
Downtown PCB

Downtown PCB

City of Panama City works to maximize its assets
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Archive » 2017 Santa Rosa Business Journal

All About Santa Rosa

All About Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa County sits in the midst of a six-county area of Northwest Florida that has the highest concentration of military retirees in the U.S., providing a trained and ready workforce. There are more than 31,000 military retirees in Santa Rosa alone — and approximately 100,000 military veterans in Santa Rosa and neighboring counties combined.
Tsunami Ready

Tsunami Ready

If you thought tsunamis couldn’t happen along the Gulf Coast — you were wrong. Santa Rosa County has prepared a safety plan for tsunami preparedness — the first of its kind in the region.
Oysters

Oysters

An area known for its blue-green waterways and rich ecosystems, Santa Rosa County is currently working on a project that could improve the quality of marine life — and perhaps economic development — for years to come. The county has been working with scientists at the Nature Conservancy since 2015 on the Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration Project — a multi-phase endeavor that’s being funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
Military

Military

Home to one of the largest and most active naval aviation bases in the world, Santa Rosa County’s economy gets a major boost from businesses that cater to or work with the military. With hundreds of defense contractors, land available for development and a sizeable trained workforce, the county’s economic development office is making a push to get the word out that the county is at the “heart of a growing aerospace cluster.”
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Archive » 2017 Escambia County Business Journal

UWF New President

UWF New President

Martha Saunders takes the helm at the University of West Florida.
George Stone Technical Center

George Stone Technical Center

Technical Center helps meet the growing demand for trained workers.
Achieve Escambia

Achieve Escambia

Community leaders from all walks of life join forces to improve education.
Military

Military

Contributions of retired military are an economic boon for the region.
Navy Federal

Navy Federal

World’s largest credit union continues to grow its footprint in Escambia.
Innovation Coast

Innovation Coast

Competition bolsters business growth.
Economic Development

Economic Development

New construction is the backbone of economic growth.
Visit Pensacola

Visit Pensacola

Growing numbers of tourists pump millions into the local economy.
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Archive » 2016-17 Tallahassee Business Journal

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Fundraising for charitable organizations once consisted of an annual signature event and an end-of-the-year appeal by mail. But these days, fundraising is a year-round endeavor.
Penny Sales Tax

Penny Sales Tax

Three times since 1989, Leon County voters have approved adding a penny to the local sales tax. In the third vote in 2014, voters agreed to extend the tax from 2020 to 2040.
Employment Today and Tomorrow

Employment Today and Tomorrow

Leon County and Florida have “a lot of people who are not necessarily unemployed but underemployed and who want more work or more highly skilled jobs,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida.

International designations position airport to support economic growth

A Center of Innovation

A Center of Innovation

Florida State University researchers have been awarded 506 patents that have contributed to manufacturing, business processes, creative endeavors and other positive effects on economic health.
Vitality, Growth, Inclusion

Vitality, Growth, Inclusion

Al Latimer, who heads up the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, is cataloging the reasons that business leaders choose the area as their home.
Toward Employment for All

Toward Employment for All

There is a big gap between abilities and job placements in the professional world; it stems from attitudinal problems, programmatic inconsistencies and a lack of opportunities for people with disabilities to show their abilities to employers.
Accommodations

Accommodations

Visitors to Tallahassee will soon have more options to rest for the night, or longer. Seven hotel projects are either under construction or proposed for Tallahassee, prospectively adding nearly 1,000 new rooms.
Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Construction of two new, freestanding emergency facilities is part of Capital Regional Medical Center’s effort to extend patients quality care in convenient locations, with little to no wait time.
Mustian Center

Mustian Center

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is looking at the big picture, one that stretches 50 years into the future, with the building of its new surgery center.
Real Estate

Real Estate

Dramatic new real estate developments are changing the streetscapes around Tallahassee and are changing how Tallahasseans live, work, play and shop. The result is new lifestyles.
Tourism

Tourism

In Tallahassee, sports tourism is not confined to a flat, rectangular field. It also includes rolling hills where athletes run without pads.
Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

A trip to Nashville, said one participant, exposed local leaders to programs “so inspired, supported and effective that they challenge us to think bigger and act faster back at home.”
A New Place in the Sun

A New Place in the Sun

In February 2016, the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) was formed as part of a newly created Tallahassee/Leon County department for Planning, Land Management and Community Enhancement — acronym PLACE.
Future of Southwest Tallahassee

Future of Southwest Tallahassee

Big changes are taking shape as the “Airport Gateway” project morphs and expands to benefit what is being called the “Gateway District” encompassing an area from the main campus of FSU to Capital Circle.
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Archive » 2016 Bay County Business Journal

Building a Workforce

Building a Workforce

Florida State University-Panama City, Gulf Coast State College and Haney Technical Center are all working to gear curriculum and degree and certificate programs to the anticipated needs of employers.
Google Guru

Google Guru

For anyone seeking a more formidable online presence, Mica Specialties is a one-stop shop. The business offers services ranging from website design and digital advertising to search engine optimization and social media marketing.
DeTECT

DeTECT

Increasingly, individuals have become concerned about the possibility that they may be under surveillance by operators of drones. Gary Andrews is here to help. He has developed a drone-detecting app, available for free.
Alignment Bay County

Alignment Bay County

Patterned after a similar initiative in Nashville, a group made up of business leaders and educators is working to improve the chief product of Bay County schools: high school graduates.
Fighting Trim

Fighting Trim

Defense activities play a major role in Bay County’s economy — and that contribution is expected to grow. Overall in 2014, the military accounted for about $2.4 billion or 30.6 percent of the total gross regional product.
Bay County Demographics

Bay County Demographics

Jellyfish Health

Jellyfish Health

The health care technology company, Jellyfish Health, has plans to create 100 news jobs with an average salary of $70,000 — and to do something about those insufferable lines in doctor’s offices.
Pier Park

Pier Park

Pier Park, on Panama City Beach, bills itself as the premier shopping, dining and entertainment district in Northwest Florida and one that has had both financial and social impacts.
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Archive » 2016 Santa Rosa Business Journal

Vision for Success

Vision for Success

A talented workforce, a strong school district and a high quality of life are key ingredients in Santa Rosa’s plan for future economic development success.
A Cornucopia of Adventures

A Cornucopia of Adventures

Tourism is a big economic driver for the area and the numbers keep going higher. Visitors have wide variety of experiences to choose from.
Santa Rosa County Demographics

Santa Rosa County Demographics

An overview of Santa Rosa’s population, its major employers and industrial park offerings for businesses looking to relocate.
Preparing a Workforce

Preparing a Workforce

Santa Rosa claims one of the best school districts in Florida and has a high graduation rate. Career academies emphasize “real life” learning.
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Archive » 2016 Escambia Business Journal

Man With a Vision

Man With a Vision

Helping to redevelop downtown Pensacola and give local businesses and entrepreneurs a boost.
Local Investment Pays Off

Local Investment Pays Off

Several local companies continue to make Inc. magazine’s annual fastest growing list.
Eyeing the Future

Eyeing the Future

Working on ships that service oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico has served the port well, even when the economy takes a dip.
Navy Federal Continues Expanding

Navy Federal Continues Expanding

The world’s largest credit union has put down roots in Escambia County and is bringing thousands of needed jobs to the area.
Bar Politics

Bar Politics

There’s a room in the back corner of McGuire’s Irish Pub where Pensacola gets down to business.
Shining a Light on Escambia County’s Growing Tech Sector

Shining a Light on Escambia County’s Growing Tech Sector

A coalition of tech-savvy leaders is working to grow the area’s tech sector, attract high-level professionals and expand job opportunities.

Vision 2015: Push to Grow the Economy Pays Off

When Greater Pensacola embarked on a mission to bring more jobs to the region, it exceeded all expectations.
Gateway to West Florida

Gateway to West Florida

Setting the stage for business growth in Escambia County
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Archive » 2015-16 Tallahassee Business Journal

Tallahassee Has Come A Long Way

Tallahassee Has Come A Long Way

When it comes to economic development, where has Tallahassee been and where is it going? What sparked the change?
Angel Investors

Angel Investors

They don’t have wings but they do have money ready to lift the dreams of enterprising entrepreneurs.
Keeping Talent At Home

Keeping Talent At Home

The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County is focused on keeping and growing local businesses.
Syn-Tech

Syn-Tech

This local business has a yearly revenue of $36 million and produces a fuel management system serving nearly 6,000 clients.
Research and the Economy

Research and the Economy

Research at Florida State University attracts more than $200 million in support from federal sources, private foundations and state agencies — and often leads to development of new companies.
Made in Tallahassee

Made in Tallahassee

Celebrating home-made success stories, one company at a time.
Wanted: Homegrown Doctors

Wanted: Homegrown Doctors

Florida State University is changing the face of medical care in North Florida, an important tool in economic development.
Airport Redux

Airport Redux

With its new “international” designation, Tallahassee’s airport is open to the world’s passengers and cargo.
Breaking Records

Breaking Records

Tallahassee has enjoyed six consecutive years of record-breaking tourism.
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Archive » 2015 Gadsden Business Journal

Gadsden Sets Its ‘Sites’

Gadsden Sets Its ‘Sites’

Future economic development is a priority.
Open for Business

Open for Business

As Gadsden County works to grow jobs, it is also addressing workforce needs.
Gadsden’s Cities and Towns Offer Variety

Gadsden’s Cities and Towns Offer Variety

From art to farming to manufacturing.
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Archive » 2015 Okaloosa/Walton Counties Business Journal

Okaloosa County Keeps Flying High

Okaloosa County Keeps Flying High

850 takes a closer look.
Renting the Coast

Renting the Coast

Okaloosa and Walton counties soar in the tourism industry.
Walton Tourism Breaks Records

Walton Tourism Breaks Records

The number of visitors continues growing.
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Archive » 2015 Escambia County Business Journal

Small Town, Big Ideas

Small Town, Big Ideas

Top researchers from around the globe come to the institute looking for ways to help machines and people develop a more synergistic relationship.
Beyond the Beach

Beyond the Beach

Pensacola is luring in visitors with its history, culture and revitalized downtown.
A Question of Access

A Question of Access

Four major health systems provide medical care for the Pensacola area, giving top notch local care with new-age technology, techniques and practices.
Here to Serve

Here to Serve

The Port of Pensacola & Pensacola International Airport have attracted new business ventures.
Celebrating 100 Years of Community

Celebrating 100 Years of Community

Pensacola & U.S. Navy have partnered resulting in Dept. of Defense pumping $6.7 billion into local economy.
Open Gates, Open Doors

Open Gates, Open Doors

Quint & Rishy Studer have invested in a think tank designed to improve quality of life.
Assistance Offer

Assistance Offer

Florida Small Business Development Center Network & the Gulf Coast Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offer help.
Focus On Jobs

Focus On Jobs

A wellspring of talented workers, combined with concentrated community efforts, is helping to bring new economic development.
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Archive » 2014-15 Tallahassee Business Journal

Choose Tallahassee Courts Retiring Northerners

Choose Tallahassee Courts Retiring Northerners

There’s a major drive to attract retiring baby boomers to Tallahassee.
Incubating New Business

Incubating New Business

Budding entrepreneurs have a place where they can find help to start a business — from legal and accounting advice to a mentor willing to listen.
Baby Boomers Booming

Baby Boomers Booming

Tallahassee/Leon County seeing an increasing number of 65-plus residents.
Building the ‘Cool Factor’

Building the ‘Cool Factor’

Creating a hipper scene near the universities for students and young professionals is part of a plan to retain young talent after they graduate.
Downtown Transformation

Downtown Transformation

A revitalization and transformation of downtown Tallahassee is shifting the focus away from lobbyist offices to places like Cascades Park, where there’s plenty for the family to do, new nightspots and eateries.
FSU and Politics Draw Tourists

FSU and Politics Draw Tourists

College sports and the Florida Legislature bring lots of tourists to town, but the county’s tourism promoters say there is plenty more to do and see in the area.
Real Estate Resurgence

Real Estate Resurgence

Local experts say that the county’s real estate market is experiencing a resurgence after the downturn of the Great Recession.
Seminole Student Startups

Seminole Student Startups

Tallahassee’s unique compilation of collegiate brainpower and passion makes it a safe haven for student startups.
Sparking Innovation

Sparking Innovation

How cutting-edge research turns into jobs.
The Crystal Connection

The Crystal Connection

With help from the MagLab and the Tallahassee business community, a new high-tech business begins to bloom
A Whole New Plane of Service

A Whole New Plane of Service

Getting an international designation will likely bring in more air carriers, open more air routes and bring international freight business to Tallahassee.
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Archive » 2014 Bay County Business Journal

Frank Brown Park

Frank Brown Park

Sports of all sorts is big business in Bay County, attracting tournaments from across the country.
Tourism Strong

Tourism Strong

The beach is big business, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year, but so is shopping at Pier Park and attractions like Miracle Strip and Grand Lagoon.
Back to the Easel

Back to the Easel

Putting a new focus on how schools can better train a workforce that will enhance economic development efforts.
A Tale of Two Fisheries

A Tale of Two Fisheries

Commercial versus recreational fishing. What does the future hold for each?
New Direction For West Bay

New Direction For West Bay

The St. Joe Company has unveiled a 50-year development plan for West Bay, and the county’s old airport is being converted to a new mixed-use development.
Air and Sea Connections

Air and Sea Connections

A major Gulf deepwater port and a new international airport have become major economic drivers in Bay County.
Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business

The Bay Economic Development Alliance's effort is aimed at expanding economic development in Bay County
Keeping Bay County Healthy

Keeping Bay County Healthy

Care given by local hospitals and rehab centers has evolved to where it’s as good as any in the state.
Economic Force Multiplier

Economic Force Multiplier

Because it is home to a U.S. Air Force base and a key Navy testing facility, the military is a major contributor to the Bay County economy.
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Archive » 2014 Jackson County Business Outlook

‘U-Pick’ Tourism

‘U-Pick’ Tourism

Jackson County is adding more value to the tourists’ buck.
Family Matters

Family Matters

Farming in Jackson County is a family affair for four generations of Dietrichs.
Green Circle Bio Energy

Green Circle Bio Energy

How Jackson County is incorporating Green Circle Bio's Energy to continue to be a global leader in the emerging market of green energy.
Chipola College

Chipola College

What the future has in store for Chipola College in Marianna.
Jackson Hospital Celebrates 75

Jackson Hospital Celebrates 75

With state-of-the-art treatment centers, cutting-edge equipment upgrades and expanded services, the community has never been stronger or healthier.
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Archive » 2014 Madison County Business Journal

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Archive » 2013-14 Tallahassee Business Journal

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Archive » 2013 Jackson County Business Outlook

Educated Workforce in Jackson County

Educated Workforce in Jackson County

Bringing New Businesses to Jackson County

Bringing New Businesses to Jackson County

Local officials and community leaders pull together to bring new businesses to Jackson County
Health Care in Jackson County

Health Care in Jackson County

Renovation and expansion brings quality care to Jackson County
The Call  of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

Agriculture Still a Viable Industry in Jackson County

Agriculture Still a Viable Industry in Jackson County

Cotton, peanuts and beef cattle make up most of Jackson County’s agricultural output today.
Jackson County, A Transportation Gateway

Jackson County, A Transportation Gateway

Real Estate is on the Rebound

Real Estate is on the Rebound

Real Estate in Jackson County begins to make a comeback.
Get to Know Jackson County

Get to Know Jackson County

Jackson County mixes Southern charm with high quality jobs and amenities
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