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TeCMEN Committee to Host Industry Day - 08/16/2017

Special to the Daily News FORT WALTON BEACH — In an effort to spotlight the diverse capabilities that exist among the area’s technical businesses, the Economic Develop...

Building For The Future - 07/10/2017

Building For The Future Looking beyond beaches and the military to boost economic development BY LINDA KLEINDIENST ~ Article written by 850 Magazine   Okaloosa and Walton countie...

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 (2016) 22,409
Labor Force 12,210
Median Age 39.13
Labor Force
College Degree 32.22%
High School Degree or Some College 56.89%
White Collar Workers 64%
Blue Collar Workers 36%
Household Expenditures (Average) $52,536
Household Income (Median) $49,442
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; March 2017


Okaloosa County is host to a wide array of businesses and industries. From Tourism to Aerospace & Defense, our diversity reflects th...
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The Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network, TeCMEN, was established by the Economic Development Council of Ok...
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