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The large military presence draws a great diversity of technology-based firms, defense contractors, education and supporting industries. With over 1,400 military men and women separating from the military and staying in the area each year our labor market offers an educated, highly-skilled and disciplined workforce. Most of those exiting the military intend to stay or could be compelled to stay.

In order to improve the area’s ability to connect and create jobs for veterans and transitioning service members, economic development and workforce officials executed an MOU with leadership from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. Through these efforts, almost 1,300 responses from those preparing to transition out of the military have been collected thus far. As evidenced from the charts below, over 63% plan to remain in the local area. Further, as shown in the chart capturing length of service of exiting military members, the majority of those separating have at least 10 years of service.

                              

Top Okaloosa County Public and Private Sectors

Top Employers Employees
Okaloosa County School District 5,070
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1,222
Walmart, combined 1,363
Northwest Florida State College 1,081
Okaloosa County BCC 936
Reliance Test & Technology 750
North Okaloosa Medical Center 652
BAE Systems 545
Boeing 500+
White Wilson Medical Center 474
Source: Okaloosa EDC, Survey Responses

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Top 10 Manufacturers

Reliance Test & Technology 750
BAE Systems 545
Boeing 500+
Vertex Aerospace Crestview 341
Torch Technologies 320
Crane Electronics 200
Fort Walton Machining 179
American Elite Molding 160
MicroSystems Inc. 125
Certified Manufacturing 42
 *Only represents responses to EDC's survey

Top 10 Private Sector

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1,222
Walmart, combined 1,363
Reliance Test & Technology 750
North Okaloosa Medical Center 652
BAE 545
Boeing 500+
White Wilson Medical Center 474
Eglin Federal Credit Union 343
Vertex Crestview Aerospace 341
Torch Technologies 320

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