FloridaWest means business in Greater Pensacola

Businesses looking to establish, thrive and innovate have found that this idyllic region, long known for its fabulous beaches and lifestyle, is the focal point of manufacturing and technology in Florida. Manufacturing is valued here, as are creative thinkers who like to design, develop and see the results of their efforts.

FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance works to connect the assets, resources and skilled workforce of the Greater Pensacola region with business and industry to build a thriving industrial and professional community for the ongoing economic growth and prosperity of the region.

Our Talented Workforce

As a premier city in the third largest state in the nation, Pensacola offers employers a large, talented, young and available pool of workers at a more affordable rate than other comparative high-tech regions thanks to a competitive state tax structure and low cost of living. Additionally, the state’s workforce is more culturally and linguistically diverse providing additional competitive advantages to employers seeking to serve a global marketplace. Read More

Infrastructure Built for Industry

Whether it’s by land, air or sea, we can help you get your cargo wherever it needs to go with national and global connectivity to your markets. Escambia County’s extensive multi-modal infrastructure provides easy access to several major thoroughfares including Interstate 10, CSX and the Gulf Coast Railway, a deep-water port, an international airport with 11 non-stop flights, and entry to the Intercoastal Waterway. Read More

Our Business Climate

As Florida’s largest region along the gulf coast, the Greater Pensacola area economy is a generator of new businesses while also attracting business and industry world-wide. The region is home to more than 500 companies, a strong manufacturing workforce and experienced entrepreneurs. Major industries such as aerospace and defense, advanced manufacturing and professional services benefit from the stable economy and low cost of doing business. Read More

Greater Pensacola is a Great Place for Business!

Greater Pensacola is a great place to be!
A vibrant community with a thriving downtown and Florida’s best beaches, this is a greater place to live. Pensacola and Escambia County  also boast a supportive business community and an encouraging environment in which entrepreneurs and innovative companies can thrive.


FloridaWest Launches CyberCoast “Remote from Here” Campaign

New website at the heart of efforts to attract and retain talented remote cybersecurity workers

FloridaWest Board of Directors Designated Director Applications

FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance is seeking a volunteer for appointment as Designated Director to the FloridaWest EDA Board of Directors. The FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance was created in October 2014 when economic development was separated and...

Eighth Annual Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair

Paychecks for Patriots is a special statewide hiring fair in November

Luth’s task: building community wealth

Originally published in the Gulf Coast Reporter's League Aerospace Newsletter   gcac newsletter 101820 (1) It’s important not only to bring new dollars into a community with businesses big and small, but to ensure the mix helps diversify the local economy. It’s one...

Escambia County Receives FEMA Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance

Escambia County has received a FEMA Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. This declaration will allow those who have been impacted by Hurricane Sally to apply for the Individuals and Households Program. With this announcement, families impacted by Hurricane...


— Outstanding leadership, culture and growth make these second-stage businesses stand out — CO:LAB Pensacola is pleased to announce that EBI Management Group, a recent graduate, has been included in the top 50 second-stage companies in Florida selected as a 2020...

Pensacola named a top 25 U.S. city to retire to in 2021

Pensacola is a great place to work, play & to retire too! Pensacola named a top 25 U.S. city to retire to in 2021. "In news that shouldn't shock retirees and snowbirds who have long enjoyed the respite provided by the area's beaches, Pensacola was recognized this...

Congratulations to Escambia High School’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge Team!

Congratulations to Escambia High School's Human Exploration Rover Challenge Team on winning the AIAA Neil Armstrong Best Design Award for the high school division! This award recognizes the team that best designed their rover to take on the punishing Rover Challenge...

Pensacola’s Gulf Islands National Seashore featured in New York Times!

  Largest of all the national seashores at 135,600 acres, with over five million visitors a year, Gulf Islands National Seashore offers plenty of room to go beachcombing and boat across 12 different units that are spread from the Gulf shores on the Florida...

According to Tripadvisor, Pensacola Beach is the #4 beach in the country!

With our sugar sands Pensacola Beach is the #4 beach in the country! Just another reason that Northwest Florida is the quintessential business location for employees to live, work and play. View our ranking on Tripadvisor here:

Pensacola’s Restaurant IRON Voted in Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

With Valentine's Day drawing closer, your time to make a dinner reservation dwindles. If you need a little inspiration, OpenTable just released its annual list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, which includes winners from 31 different states as well as...

Pensacola in Top 3 of Fastest Growing Airports

Pensacola International Airport served a record 2.2 million passengers in 2019 and has been rated one of the 3 fastest growing airports according to UpgradedPoints.com! Upgraded Points says PNS saw year-over-year growth of 15.83% placing it third just after Nashville...

Pensacola named the 17th best small city to start a small business

Go.Verizon.com  gathered data from nearly 300 cities across the country, focusing on certain factors that would categorize them as “small” without dipping below the mark to “town” status. These elements also indicated the financial climate of each city and an overview...

Six Pensacola Events Named to Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society

Pensacola, Fla. – Visit Pensacola is excited to announce that six Pensacola events have been named to the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. “These awards are a reflection of the incredible community that we have in the Pensacola Bay...

Pensacola: One of MSN’s Top 25 Places to Live in the United States in 2019

MSN recently included Pensacola in its Top 25 Most Desirable Places to Live in the U.S. in it's 2019 list. Among the factors contributing to the rankings were affordability, job market and population growth due to net migration.

Pensacola’s moment on world stage was not a surprise

Captain Tim Kinsella, commanding officer of NAS Pensacola from the Pensacola News Journal  Every now and again a story pops up that takes us out of our COVID-induced funk and reminds us that, despite all of our troubles, the world we live in can be joyful, uplifting,...

Pensacola: A natural pick for U.S. Space Command

photo courtesy of NASA When Astronaut and Space Dad, Doug Hurley set foot back on terra firma in Pensacola this weekend, it wasn’t for the first time. Like so many other astronauts before him, including seven of the men who would later walk on the moon, Hurley had...

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