Aerospace & Defense
The Benefits Northwest Florida offers for Aerospace & Defense Companies
The following are just a few advantages Northwest Florida has to offer:
- Close Proximity to Major Military Installations
There are seven aviation-related military installations within the PowerSouth service area in Northwest Florida: NAS Pensacola (Escambia), NAS Whiting Field (Santa Rosa), Naval Support Activity Panama City (Bay), Eglin Air Force Base (Okaloosa), Hurlburt Field (Okaloosa), Duke Field (Okaloosa), and Tyndall Air Force Base (Bay).
- Available Property in Industrial Airparks
There are aviation-specific property and buildings available in the region’s airparks. These properties include access to runways allowing for testing and development opportunities. Property is available at Okaloosa County Industrial Park, Whiting Aviation Park (Santa Rosa County – under construction), and Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (Bay County), among other locations.
- Developed Aviation-Specific Workforce
Statewide and local workforce development programs have created a skilled, available labor force. Aviation-specific programs are available at the high school level, and there are several aviation related higher education programs in the region, including the University of Florida Research and Education Engineering Facility (REEF) near Eglin Air Force Base.
- Workforce Training Incentives
Aviation and aerospace manufacturing companies that are considered qualifying target industries by Workforce Florida, Inc. receive funding priority for the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Grant program.