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The large military presence draws a great diversity of technology-based firms, defense contractors, education and supporting industries. With over 1,400 military men and women separating from the military and staying in the area each year our labor market offers an educated, highly-skilled and disciplined workforce. Most of those exiting the military intend to stay or could be compelled to stay.

In order to improve the area’s ability to connect and create jobs for veterans and transitioning service members, economic development and workforce officials executed an MOU with leadership from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. Through these efforts, moer than 3,000 responses from those preparing to transition out of the military have been collected thus far. As evidenced from the charts below, over 63% plan to remain in the local area. Further, as shown in the chart capturing length of service of exiting military members, the majority of those separating have at least 10 years of service.

                              

Top Okaloosa County Public and Private Sectors

2020 Top Employers Employee Count Industry Public or Private
Okaloosa County School District 3,294 Education Public
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1,341 Medical Private
Publix (combined) 1,092 Retail Private
Okaloosa County BCC 955 County Government Public
Lockheed Martin 925 Defense Contractor Private
Reliance Test & Technology 721 Government Contractor Private
Northwest Florida State College 717 Education Public
North Okaloosa Medical Center 609 Medical Private
Boeing 500 Aerospace & Defense Contractor Private
Okaloosa County Sherriff's Office 461 County Governement Public
Source: One Okaloosa EDC, Survey Responses. Not all inclusive and does not include the federal government.

Top Okaloosa County Private Sector

2020 Top Employers Employee Count Industry
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1,341 Medical
Publix (combined) 1,092 Retail
Lockheed Martin 925 Defense Contractor
Reliance Test & Technology 721 Government Contractor
North Okaloosa Medical Center 609 Medical
Boeing 500 Aerospace & Defense Contractor
White Wilson Medical Center 435 Medical 
Eglin Federal Credit Union 353 Banking
Crestview Aerospace LLC 300 Aerospace/Defense
Harborwalk Hospitality LLC 248 Hospitality
Source: One Okaloosa EDC, Survey Responses. Not all inclusive and does not include the federal government.

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