The January 2017 issue features: Members in the News; Director's Desk; Defense Support Initiatives and Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network and Business Growt...
Southeast Range Complex Cooperative Concept Position Paper
Prepared by the Defense Support Initiatives Committee
In Okaloosa County, businesses thrive in an environment with favorable tax and regulatory climates that offer bright, talented people the opportunity to innovate.
Okaloosa County provides its business community with the resources and infrastructure needed to optimize business operations and promote growth and expansion. With its influx of military
personnel and families Okaloosa offers a diverse and skilled workforce
The Eglin Complex's research and development, and test and evaluation missions draw defense contracting technology and manufacturing firms into the area. As a result, Okaloosa County is the leading technology center in Northwest Florida offering relocation incentives
, low taxes and prime locations.
The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin MSA ranks #4 in Top Cities in America for Job Growth in Construction.
With the sugar-white beaches, the moderate year-around climate
, and the diversified labor force, Okaloosa County provides boundless opportunities for a superior lifestyle
Due to the expansive military presence, retired and otherwise separated military personnel make up a large portion of the area's available workforce. These veterans represent nearly a quarter of Okaloosa County's population. This demographic of the county's workforce are skilled and disciplined and of high value to the local defense contractors.
Best Places for Business and Careers
The Economic Development Council partners with chambers of commerce in order to successfully promote and assist our existing business environment and quality of place.
Crestview Chamber of Commerce
Destin Chamber of Commerce
Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber
Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
Emerald Coast Association of Realtors
Northwest Florida Daily News
Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton County
CareerSource Okaloosa Walton
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
Santa Rosa Economic Development Office
Walton Area Chamber of Commerce
Walton County Economic Development Alliance