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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...

It was John B. Perrine, a Chicago industrialist, who developed the small settlement built near a sawmill on the north side of Tom’s Bayou in the early 1900s. Perrine platted out his dream city, which included a mix of residential and commercial lots, 32 parks and an 18-hole golf course. Though there have been adjustments to his plan, in large part by Chicago financier James Plew who helped lay the foundation of what would become Eglin Air Force Base in the 1930s, the pretty city — whose name is said to mean "vale of paradise" — is paradise found to more than 5,000 residents and the Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

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Population (2016) 5,067
Labor Force 3,178
Median Age 30.22
Labor Force
College Degree 31%
High School Degree or Some College  60.67%
White Collar Workers 57%
Blue Collar Workers 43%
Household Expenditures (Average) $56,413
Household Income (Median) $64,390
Commute Travel Time (minutes) 18
Airports in Community 50 miles 9
Distance to Interstate (miles) 13
Distance to Rail (miles) 12
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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