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Voice Newsletter Overview - January 2017 - 01/25/2017

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 Position Paper - 12/28/2016

Southeast Range Complex Cooperative Concept Position Paper Prepared by the Defense Support Initiatives Committee

The first settlers to the area date back to 12,000 B.C.! Between 1940 and 1970, the population of Fort Walton Beach grew by 700 percent, making the coastal beach town one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Today, the "city on the move" boasts a bustling Main Street filled new businesses, shops and restaurants. Fort Walton Beach still celebrates the past, preserving its fascinating history — and leaving a legacy of a rich heritage for future generations. 

Still famous as a beach vacation destination, Fort Walton offers plenty of activities for residents and visitors alike including shopping, entertainment, the arts, and recreation. Numerous waterways in addition to the Gulf of Mexico makes for enjoyable fishing, boating and natural beauty.

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Population (2015) 20,811
Labor Force 11,310
Median Age 38.92
Labor Force
College Degree 32.94%
High School Degree or Some College 48.16%
White Collar Workers 35%
Blue Collar Workers 64%
Household Expenditures (Average) $49,475
Household Income (Median) $45,499
Commute Travel Time (minutes) 20
Airports in Community 50 miles 10
Distance to Interstate (miles) 17
Distance to Rail (miles) 15
Source: www.okaloosasites.com


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