Founded in the mid-1900s, the EF San Juan company in Youngstown is being run by the third generation of the family. What was once a small woodworking operation has turned into a state of the art facility that produces products used worldwide.
850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida - April-May 2017
Entrepreneur Ed Mansouri is the driving force behind Ucompass, the company that created the hardware and software powering the Florida Virtual School. But his heart has always been in meteorology, and he is starting up another company, WeatherSTEM, which has a wide variety of uses for business and everyday life.
Several communities in Northwest Florida are working to better themselves with the help of a program provided through the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Called Competitive Florida, among the areas benefitting are DeFuniak Springs, Century, Port St. Joe and Madison County.
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.
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.
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.”
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.