economy

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

While data show that large drivers of Santa Rosa’s economy are the military bases and blooming tourism industry, there is another arm of the economy doing some heavy financial lifting, and it covers more than half of Santa Rosa County. Agriculture produced nearly $79 million in crops, timber and lumber in Santa Rosa County in […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa County Economic Strategic Plan

Five things to know: Santa Rosa County Economic Strategic Plan

The survey is in on how Santa Rosa County’s economy stacks up. The county has signed a contract for $120,000 with Garner Economics, LLC to create an Economic Strategic Plan for the county’s economic development. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

Economic health fuels real estate market

Economic health fuels real estate market

The county’s real estate market has largely come back to pre-recession levels, said economist Rick Harper. Harper, the economic advisor for Triumph and retired analyst for the University of West Florida, made a presentation on the current state of the economy and its effect on real estate in Santa Rosa County Feb. 14 to the […]

Super Bowl spending on the rise

Super Bowl spending on the rise

While TV viewership for the biggest sporting event in the U.S. is expected to be roughly on par with last year’s, projected spending has jumped to $15.3 billion for Super Bowl LII, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Super Bowl survey. As the Philadelphia Eagles square off with the New England Patriots, about 188.5 […]

Santa Rosa paycheck friendly

Santa Rosa paycheck friendly

When it comes to paycheck friendliness, Santa Rosa is the second-best county in the state and ranks in the top 6 percent of counties in the nation, according to Smart Asset. Smart Asset is a New York based financial technology company. Its Paycheck Friendliness study looked at four factors: semimonthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate […]

Santa Rosa’s economic diversity by the numbers

Santa Rosa’s economic diversity by the numbers

As the old adage goes, do not put all your eggs in one basket. A similar theory applies to local economics. The more variety of industries bringing money to an economy, the more stable that economy is. If an industry or a large company in the area goes under, there are other pillars holding the […]

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment is on a downward spiral. For several months now the United States and the state of Florida have been seeing a trend downward in the unemployment rate. And, according to a report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Santa Rosa County is ahead of the curve. The local rate, 3 percent, is more […]

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 […]

J.J. Chago’s expands to two new locations

J.J. Chago’s expands to two new locations

Local restaurant J.J. Chago’s is expanding, opening two new locations in Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. J.J.’s Daily Grind opened Nov. 19 near the front entrance of the mall. It features bakery items from the Navarre location’s menu as well as a variety of coffees including a cold brew. The soon to be opened […]

New projects promise more South Santa Rosa growth

New projects promise more South Santa Rosa growth

Plans for two new restaurants, a gas station-convenience store and an expression of interest in building a 17-story hotel on Navarre Beach all emerged last week to give South Santa Rosa County prospects for its biggest commercial development year since before the Great Recession. Read the full article in the Mar. 24 issue of Navarre […]

Santa Rosa County is getting more

Santa Rosa County is getting more

All of Santa Rosa County is growing, but south Santa Rosa is experiencing a real boom. We have two new apartment complexes coming on line soon, and down every road a lot is being cleared for one or two homes to be built. It’s a reconstruction surge and great economic recovery following the 2008 Great […]

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Beach renourishment makes our beaches beautiful and whole again. It’s the process by which new sand is brought up from the Gulf to replace the lost sand on our beaches. That is an oversimplification of course. The end result is beautiful but the process is not. Our beaches will be under major construction with large […]