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A place of innovative companies…  An unparalleled quality of life… Supportive entrepreneurial culture… A welcoming and positive community…

Together, we can make a brighter future for all of us.

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Celebrate Florida’s competitiveness and economic prosperity during Florida Economic Development Week

During the week of February 11- 17, FloridaWest joins Economic Development Professionals from around the state in recognizing Florida Economic Development Week. Economic Development Week is an event created by the Florida Economic Development Council to celebrate the...

Co:Lab welcomes Coflyt: Managing aircraft maintenance has never been easier!

The Co:Lab community is pleased to welcome their newest tenant, Coflyt. Coflyt provides an App that helps aircraft owners keep track of aircraft maintenance, inspections, and schedule. It streamlines management of aircraft, keeping logs, inspection statuses and...

Pensacola makes National Geographic’s ‘Best Cities in the United States’ list

The City of Pensacola is getting some great feedback from a National Geographic article! Nat Geo Travel says they partnered with Resonance Consultancy, a global destination branding advisor, to name "The Best Cities in the United States" - and Pensacola made the list!...

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...

Co:Lab’s Matthew Jeffries, Founder and CEO of Warfighter Fitness, featured in USA Today!

After serving more than a decade in the Army, including tours of Afghanistan and Kuwait, Matthew Jeffries was forced to change his career path after sustaining injuries during training for special forces. In 2018, Army recruiters fell short of recruitment goals by...

ST Engineering finds a home

Duwayne Escobedo for IN Weekly When ST Engineering began looking at sites to expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul operations in Mobile, executives scoured locations across the Mississippi, central and northern Alabama and western Florida more than five years...

Taco Thursday Welcomes Sea3D

In celebration of  National Manufacturing Month, Co:lab welcomed the University of West Florida’s Haas Center to Taco Thursday to show us how their Sea3D lab can benefit entrepreneurs. The University of West Florida recently announced the expansion of the UWF Haas...

Jay Smith of Data Revolution on CO:LAB CO:Llaboration

“When I decided to start my business, Data Revolution, the first people I met with were Kelly Reeser and Pat Rooney at CO:LAB.  I was fully motivated and had a lot of good ideas.  I knew where I was going, but I didn’t really know HOW I would get there, or even the...

Career Exploration Cruise gives Escambia students the chance to explore jobs with a great future

FloridaWest Workforce Innovation Director Jeff Dyer joined students at the National Flight Academy during the Career Exploration Cruise in March. The cruise was a great opportunity for Escambia County students to explore careers in aviation, cyber security,...

FloridaWest Showcases New Sites and Buildings Website

With the support of First Place Partners, FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance and Santa Rosa County Economic Development now have a valuable new resource for existing businesses looking to expand or new companies wishing to locate in our community. The...

$449,231 Awarded to Historic Patti Shipyard for Maritime Jobs in Pensacola

Maritime Administration Announces More Than $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards Today, Frank Patti Jr., President of Patti Marine Enterprises announced that the shipyard has been awarded $449,231 to support Maritime jobs in Pensacola.  The U.S. Department...

UWF awarded prestigious grant to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals

The University of West Florida has been awarded a five-year grant totalling approximately $2.4 million to prepare cybersecurity students for federal, state, local and tribal government organizations amid a cyber workforce shortage. The National Science Foundation...

Aerospace Jobs Have Smooth Landing in Pensacola

When VT MAE Aerospace started looking around for a place to expand – it didn’t take them long to figure out that Pensacola had all the right elements for their aviation operation to take off. The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company has been in business...

IHMC Helps Pensacola Police Develop Drone Program

The next time the Pensacola Police Department is faced with locating a missing child or diffusing a hostage standoff, officers will have four new high-tech drones at their disposal. The drones — two indoor and two outdoor — were custom built by scientists at the...

Inspiring Everyday: How Cedric Watson’s innovation led to $1 million in reduced energy costs

Until recently, it wasn’t unusual to see energy recovery operator Cedric Watson walking around Ascend’s Pensacola plant with an $8 stethoscope hanging from his neck and a yellow legal pad in his hand – the tools he used every day to inspect and keep track of the plant’s more than 5,000 steam traps.

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 named 15th ‘most desirable’ place to live in U.S.

"Pensacola has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s top 25 most desirable places to live in the United States in 2019." "Pensacola was No. 15 on the list." "Among the factors contributing to the Best Places to Live rankings — including affordability, job market...

Pensacola is the World’s Strongest Town

It's official: Pensacola is the world's strongest town. After four rounds of intense competition featuring 16 towns from across the map, online voters have picked Pensacola as the town that's making the biggest strides toward being financially strong and resilient....

Palafox Street Pensacola: One of the 10 Great Streets in America

7 Among the handful of streets in the U.S. to shape and be shaped by 250 years of British, Spanish, and American influence is Palafox Street, the gateway to Pensacola, Florida, and the city's main stage for holiday and seasonal celebrations that draw up to 50,000...

Ferry Pass Middle School CyberPatriot Team Wins 3rd Place Award in Florida

A team of students from Escambia County School District middle schools recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the twelfth season of CyberPatriot – the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Read more...

Geeks on the Beach

If you can work anywhere, what could beat the sugar white sands of Pensacola? Working from where you want just may be the future of how we work and where better to work than here? More and more, tech professionals are seeing that the Pensacola area is the place to be....

Co:Lab’s EBI Management Group, Inc. Just Keeps Growing

EBI Management Group (EBI) has been busy! A professional services company, EBI specializes in helping the federal government and private businesses achieve mission execution through enterprise business intelligence. They are one of the exciting, innovative companies...

Navy Federal: One of the Best Places to Work (And one of the best places to work in IT too!)

Congratulations Navy Federal Credit Union! Not only are they Escambia County’s leading employer with over 7,700 employees but they have also been recently recognized by ComputerWorld as the  #8 Best Place to Work in IT!  This comes just after being  recognized as one...

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $5 Million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund Award

Press Release: Pensacola, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced he is awarding nearly $5 million to the city of Pensacola for infrastructure enhancements to the Pensacola International Airport through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The Governor was joined...

Co:Lab celebrates the opening of new ground floor

FloridaWest welcomed the entrepreneurial community to Co:Lab for the official ribbon cutting of their new ground floor May 8. CO:LAB, a program of FloridaWest EDA, supported by Pensacola State College, is Pensacola's business incubator and growth accelerator. At...

Mr. Pollo Pensacola makes Yelp’s top 100 restaurants to try in 2020

Congratulations to our client Altius Marketing for their client Mr. Pollo Pensacola making Yelp's top 100 restaurants to try in 2020; actually they were #61, the only area restaurant on the list! Read more!  

Navy Federal: One of the Best Places to Work!

Congratulations Navy Federal Credit Union! Not only are they Escambia County’s leading employer with over 8,500 employees but, they have also been recently recognized as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work!

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...

U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration Announces $12.25 Million Grant for ST Engineering Campus

  Today, Assistant Secretary Dr. John C. Fleming announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $12.25 million grant to the city of Pensacola, Florida, to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to establish a maintenance...

Gulf Coast cyber efforts rolling into Washington

Tides are changing in the Gulf Coast as a recent increase in support from the Homeland Security Department (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) further solidifies the future of the flourishing cybersecurity industry in Pensacola, Florida. With a strong cyber...

Pensacola’s IRIS selected for Microsoft’s new AI for Health grant program

A Pensacola-based health technology company was selected by Microsoft to participate in a new grant program to help expand the company's work using retina imaging to detect disease. Microsoft's AI For Good initiative announced on Wednesday the start of new $40...

Pensacola Beach voted No. 1 beach in Florida

Where is the best beach in Florida? Right here, of course. Pensacola Beach has been voted the No. 1 best beach in Florida, according to USA Today's 10Best Readers Choice Awards for 2018.For more information, head on over to the Pensacola News Journal. 

More than 75 Years in Northwest Florida & Still Growing

International Paper’s Pensacola Mill has a long history of service to the area’s economy, making paper products for more than 75 years and being one of the best corporate citizens in the community.

Northwest Florida Is Flying High

FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance serves as the marketing arm for economic development on behalf of the PEDC, the city and the county. Its responsibilities also include running and managing a business incubator, Co:Lab, which is housed in downtown Pensacola in...

Cox Communications Launches Gigabit Internet Service in Pensacola

Cox Communications Launches Gigabit Internet Service in Pensacola Pensacola, FL – Cox Communications Tuesday announced that it has launched its gigabit Internet service for residential customers in Pensacola. Marketed under the brand name “G1GABLASTSM,” Cox offers...

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...

What Leaders are Saying about Doing Business in Greater Pensacola

Top companies talk about how they have found success in the Greater Pensacola region. Hear from AppRiver, ARCO Marine Products, Jupiter/Bach Composite Industry and Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services.

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...

Escambia County Public Schools Foundation Receives AT&T Grant for Students to Experience ‘[email protected]

Students at Pine Forest High School will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year - one that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. For ten consecutive...

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FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance is the economic development organization for Pensacola and Escambia County. We are an alliance of public and private agencies, businesses,organizations and leaders united as one and dedicated to building, growing and sustaining the economic potential and prosperity of communities, businesses and individuals in our Northwest Florida region.

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