economic development

Chamber closes on new home

Chamber closes on new home

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce signed closing documents on purchase of a new permanent home Friday. The new office building is located at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre. The Chamber’s new location, totaling approximately 3,000 square feet with about 50 parking spaces, was previously occupied by the Navarre Beach Agency. […]

Economic development alliance growing

Economic development alliance growing

Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has expanded its reach and services thanks to partnerships with two arms of the University of West Florida, bringing new professionals into the mix. The newest of these partnerships is a joint agreement with the University of West Florida’s Office of Economic Development and Engagement as part of the […]

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

More than 360 people crowded into the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center Jan. 15 to view and comment on plans to widen U.S. Highway 98 and put a flyover through Navarre. After more than two years of work, Florida Department of Transportation officials presented their top chosen option based on the data. The […]

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

The results are in, and Santa Rosa County would stand to gain a lot from a business incubator. But the costs could exceed the benefits, at least in the short term. Florida State University Applied Economics graduate students Patrick Mas, Holt Johnson and Courtney Clark were tasked by their professors with studying the viability, impact […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

PSC vocational campus planned for I-10 industrial park

PSC vocational campus planned for I-10 industrial park

Santa Rosa County’s Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10 may soon be home to a Pensacola State College (PSC) satellite campus. Currently, the plan consists of creation of a 5 acre truck driver training facility for PSC students to gain vocational credits. The campus could later be expanded to include lineman vocational training as well […]

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

Planners try to steer clear of overlaps

Planners try to steer clear of overlaps

Jay Garner didn’t know when he was awarded a $120,000 contract earlier this month for economic consulting with Santa Rosa that on the same day another company won a separate county contract to plan for the Navarre area’s future. But having learned about Niceville-based Matrix Design Group’s assignment, and its contract for up to $150,000 […]

Eight new employers wooed by Santa Rosa

Eight new employers wooed by Santa Rosa

From a 500-employee gun manufacturing plant to a 300-worker distribution center, Santa Rosa County is seeking to attract a diverse list of potential employers to its three industrial parks or other locations. But Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree said on Thursday that his efforts are hampered by a lack of financial incentives, starting at the […]

State of business in Santa Rosa County

State of business in Santa Rosa County

As the population of Santa Rosa County grows, especially in communities south of I-10, the economy grows too. New residents come with new buying potential and offer a growing workforce. Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree said the county is looking to capitalize on that growth by drawing in new industry. Read the full […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

DEAL FOR BECKHAM’S MIAMI SOCCER STADIUM LAND GETS APPROVAL Commissioners in Miami-Dade County have approved a deal to sell Beckham’s group nearly three acres of county land, which would become the last piece in a nine-acre site for a planned 25,000-seat stadium. Beckham’s group will pay just over $9 million for the land in the […]

County to woo more retailers to Navarre

County to woo more retailers to Navarre

Navarre could eventually be the site of new high-end grocers such as Whole Foods and The Fresh Market if the county successfully expands its fledgling economic development incentives for national retailers as Shannon Ogletree envisions. Read the full article in the May 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online for as little as $38 per […]

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation that would eliminate state tourism marketing group Visit Florida and state economic development agency Enterprise Florida, Inc. was introduced Feb. 8 to the Florida House of Representatives Careers and Competition Subcommittee. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Gulf Power VP tapped for position at Georgia Power

Gulf Power VP tapped for position at Georgia Power

Bentina Terry, Gulf Power’s Customer Service and Sales vice president, has been selected as senior vice president of the Metro Atlanta Region for Georgia Power. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

The Strong Steel Inc. website states that the Andalusia, Ala.-based maker of frames sometimes used to build houses is “Now hiring framers, drywallers” and “persons with building experience.” Further, the privately held company’s managing principal, Anthony Attalla, says he’s considering an expansion than could mean up to 190 new jobs in Santa Rosa County. Read […]

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Nearly five years after the dream was initiated of bringing an aerospace engineering facility to Pensacola, ground was broken on the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. at the Pensacola Regional Airport Friday morning. Hiccups occurred along the way in terms of coordinating the project and coming up with a design for it, but when local […]

Florida First Sites break ground on first project

Florida First Sites break ground on first project

When President and CEO of boat manufacturer Cape Horn/Fabbro Marine Chris Fabbro realized he needed room for his business to grow, he said he feared he would have to leave Santa Rosa County even going as far away as North Carolina. Fabbro Marine had been doing business in the county for 20 years, and he […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 26

SMALL PLANE CRASHES INTO FLORIDA HOUSE WITH 3 ABOARD Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King was quoted by the Sun Sentinel that no one inside the house was injured when the plane hit it Monday afternoon. King said one woman and two men were inside the Hawker Beechcraft 76, and they were all in […]

Young entrepreneurs’ score big chance

Young entrepreneurs’ score big chance

Eleven local students demonstrated their business plans to a panel of judges representing some of the area’s leading businesses last Tuesday at the Pensacola Little Theater. The event was part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program which the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce hosted in junction with Global Business Solutions, Inc. In a “Shark Tank”-style […]

CareerSource Escarosa welcomes new executive director

CareerSource Escarosa welcomes new executive director

The current executive director of CareerSource Escarosa, Susan Nelms is retiring after 20 years of leadership with the organization. Nelms began serving as executive director in 1996 and has more than 30 years of experience administering federal employment and training programs in the area. Her official retirement date is Apr. 29. The organization has named […]