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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 […]

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

New retailers, including Aldi grocery stores, could be coming to Navarre and Pace as the Birmingham-based firm NextSite provides market analysis and retailer courting services for Santa Rosa County. Since April 2018 the firm has been collecting data on population, traffic and demographics in the county’s major areas and then using that data in contacts […]

Area housing market on steady growth pace

Area housing market on steady growth pace

The Navarre real estate market isn’t booming quite like sometimes in the past, but it’s on a solid growth trajectory that doesn’t appear to hold a bust in store either. In other words, it may be just right. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree has been named as one of North America’s Top 50 economic developers for 2018 by Consultant Connect. The consulting agency is designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

More than 400 jobs coming to Santa Rosa

More than 400 jobs coming to Santa Rosa

More than 400 jobs could be coming to Santa Rosa County as yet another tenant plans to open shop at the nearly vacant Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10. Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree announced Monday that Project Runner, a warehouse distribution company, is moving to finalize opening a facility on 50 acres of 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 […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

According to business license data in Santa Rosa County, Navarre is the second fastest growing area in the county when it comes to new business. More than 2,000 businesses received new licenses tied to Santa Rosa addresses between 2017 and June 2018. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Three Florida State University graduate students with training in economics and a problem to solve have set their sights on Santa Rosa County with one goal in mind: Diversify the economy. To answer that need, the students have chosen to study a potential solution in the form of a business incubator as part of their […]

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

County Commissioners and Tourist Development Council (TDC) members gained insight into the impact of tourism in the county last week as the University of West Florida Haas Center unveiled the Tourism Market Economic Impact Study. This yearlong effort examined many aspects of tourism including spending by visitors, where visitors were coming from and how this […]

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

  New staff, expanded infrastructure, improved industrial parks and better websites are among the items on a laundry list of plans that Garner Economics LLC devised for Santa Rosa County’s next five years of economic development. And all of it comes with a price tag. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of […]

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 […]

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Planning Navarre’s future is underway, and already several stakeholder groups have had an opportunity to weigh in. But what are they asking for? Navarre Press has previously asked community planning professional and author Quint Studer of Pensacola what methods are used for effectively planned communities, but every community is different. This plan will be primarily […]

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 […]

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

In the afternoon hours of Sept. 6, uncertain projection models for the future of then category 5 Hurricane Irma began to shift north putting the peninsula of Florida in the direct line of fire. The entire state had been preparing for catastrophe, from the eastern tip of Escambia County to the southernmost Keys. News reports […]

County passed up economic planning grant

County passed up economic planning grant

Every year Santa Rosa officials apply for and win grants for hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state and federal governments, and they’re currently focused on gaining millions more as the county’s share of the BP oil spill settlement. So with a blizzard of grants available annually from various agencies, it probably isn’t surprising […]

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 […]

County ready to pay again for economic advice

County ready to pay again for economic advice

The County Commission’s recent proposal to pay up to $120,000 for an economic development strategy devised by a private consultant seems to ignore that it paid $25,000 for such a plan in 2013. In fact, three current commissioners and Santa Rosa Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree are listed in the report by California-based Chabin Concepts […]

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 […]

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 […]

Springhill Sweet!

Springhill Sweet!

Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach will feature a lazy river pool, an indoor heated pool, outside jacuzzi, gift shop, food market and workout room. The restaurant, Beach House Bar and Grill will be open to the public and seat 130 patrons. The hotel is expected to open in early June. Featured in the May 11 […]

Santa Rosa homebuilding stays strong

Santa Rosa homebuilding stays strong

The demand for new single-family homes is being answered by Santa Rosa County builders who are off and running toward a third straight year of constructing more than 1,000 houses. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little at $38 per year.

County officials’ travel expenses vary widely

County officials’ travel expenses vary widely

The work-related travel by certain Santa Rosa County officials at taxpayers’ expense more than doubled during the past year, while some others cut back on business trips. From a New York Times travel trade show in Manhattan to a National Association of Counties annual conference in Los Angeles, the receipts in county records total thousands […]

Highway 98’s changing face

Highway 98’s changing face

Two more commercial developments have received development orders along U.S. Hwy. 98, a Walmart Neighborhood Market and Navarre Gardens Assisted Living Facility, furthering a trend of growth in business along the corridor. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners will vote Thursday to restructure the fee schedule for use of public facilities and parks to be comparable with other counties. After months of debate, the board decided to exclude “open spaces” in those parks from the fees to protect existing not for profit events. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, Judy Morehead, […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

High wages are getting relatively low priority in Santa Rosa’s effort to recruit new employers. Instead, the county’s current approach appears centered on building the tax base by subsidizing new jobs in employment sectors that produce a bigger bang in quantity than quality: retail outlets and call centers. That’s in part a response to public […]