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					          NORTHWEST FLORIDA

                                         NORTHWEST FLORIDA
                               AEROSPACE & DEFENSE INDUSTRY

                                     4471 Legendary Drive, Suite 100
                                             Destin, FL 32541
                                          Phone: 850.337.3469
                                         Toll Free: 888.859.3469
                                           Fax: 850.337.3418

                               This project was supported by monies provided from Federal funds.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA leads the way for several of the
world’s top industries, including aerospace and defense,
information technology, and research and engineering.
     aerospace industry in this 16-county region has a
The aerospace industry in this sixteen county region has               ESCAMBIA
                                                                                                                 HOLMES       JACKSON

a unique advantage over anywhere else:
unique advantage over anywhere else:                                              SANTA ROSA OKALOOSA                         Marianna

                                                                                                                 WASHINGTON                        GADSDEN
     Seven military bases and multiple aerospace
•	•	Seven military bases and multiple aerospace and                                       Ft. Walton
                                                                                                        WALTON                                                 LEON   JEFFERSON

                                                                                            Beach                             CALHOUN
     defense parks
    defense parks                                                                                                    BAY                             Tallahassee

     Thousands of square miles of restricted
•	•	Thousands of square miles of restricted airspace and     Ocean                                                   Panama City
                                                                                                                                         LIBERTY     WAKULLA

     waters the Gulf of Mexico
    waters inin the Gulf of Mexico                                                                                             GULF       FRANKLIN

     VFR flight conditions more than 300 days of the the
•	•	VFR flight conditions over three-hundred days ofyear
  •	year existing aerospace and defense workforce more
      than 70,000 strong and growing
•	 An existing aerospace and defense workforce more                                                                                                                          Ocean
                                                               Northwest Florida Metropolitan
  •	than 70,000 strong and growing
      Virtually boundless opportunities for research and
                                                                  Statistical Areas (MSAs)                                               Gulf of Mexico
•	 Virtually boundless opportunities for research and       Pensacola MSA                   Panama City MSA
   development                                              Ft. Walton Beach MSA            Tallahassee MSA
Combine these assets with cutting-edge robotics,
Combine these high-performance materials research,
engineering and assets with cutting-edge robotics,
                                                                                                   Northwest Florida, the 16 counties stretching from Pensacola in
engineering and high-performance materials research,
an impressive concentration of aerospace and defense                                               the west through Tallahassee in the east, is a region experiencing
an impressive concentration of aerospace a region that
businesses and their support services and and defense                                              sustained growth while maintaining a truly exceptional quality of
is addressing the industry’s current and future workforce
businesses and their support services and a region that                                            life. The region encompasses just over 250 miles of Interstate 10
                                                                                                   and more than 400 miles of coastline, including direct access to
is addressing the industry’s current and future workforce
demands, and you can see why Northwest Florida has
                                                                                                   the Gulf of Mexico and its restricted airspace. The region boasts
demands, and you of choice why Northwest aerospace,
become the location can see for the aviation, Florida has                                          a population of 1.3 million and growing. Northwest Florida has a
become the location of choice forindustry.
defense and national security the aviation, aerospace,                                             strong presence, from its four metropolitan areas of Pensacola,
defense and national security industry.                                                            Fort Walton Beach, Panama City and the state capitol of Tallahassee
                                                                                                   to the tranquility of its rural counties, to its beautiful sugar white
                                                                                                   sand beaches. This is old Florida, characterized by exquisite
                                                                                                   natural beauty, strong culture and arts, outstanding sports and
                                                                                                   recreational activities and a propensity for preserving the natural
                                                                                                   beauty of the region.
    Florida’s Gre at Northwest                                                                                                  Aerospace and Defense Clus ters

                                          Florida’s Great Northwest is a regional economic development organization serving     The Northwest Florida aerospace and defense industry is composed of:
                                          16 counties in Northwest Florida from Pensacola through Tallahassee. Membership in
                                                                                                                                  •	The region’s major A&D engines. Represented by the apex of the pyramid, these
                                          Florida’s Great Northwest includes the county economic development organizations,
                                                                                                                                    growth engines are its military facilities and commercial and general aviation
                                          workforce boards, community and junior colleges, colleges, universities and private
                                          businesses—with private business composing the majority of the members.                 •	Complementary industry sectors. It is significant to note that the aerospace and
                                                                                                                                    defense industry as a whole is very broad. As such, Florida’s Great Northwest and its
                                  Florida’s Great Northwest is actively working to create a knowledge-based, diversified            partners are focused on developing the sectors that offer the most substantial growth
                                  economy that is globally competitive and that improves the per capita income and                  opportunities and best match the region’s business climate. These sub-
                                  economic resources of its citizens while preserving the region’s natural beauty and               clusters comprise the middle tier of the pyramid.
                                                                                     outstanding quality of life. Florida’s       •	Specialized foundations that support and nurture the growth and
                                 cG   rowth Fram                                     Great Northwest and its partners
                                                                                                                                    competitiveness of the industry. Representing the base of the pyramid, these
                          n                                 rk                       have embraced a philosophy of
                                                                                                                                    foundations function as the building
                      E                                                              supporting entrepreneurship, existing          blocks for success and demand a
                                                                                     businesses and recruitment in the              strong foundation in education and
                                                                                     the target industries of Aviation,             workforce, innovation systems,
                                  Economic                                           Aerospace, Defense and National                finance and capital, infrastructure,
                               Diversification                                       Security; Health Sciences and                  specialized aviation parks, regulatory                      Major
                                  Engines                                                                                           environment and an outstanding                               A&D
     Strong Industry                                         High Quality Human Performance Enhancement;
                                                                                     Renewable Energy and the                       quality of life, all of which are found in                 Engines
        Clusters                                                   of Life           Environment; Transportation and                Northwest Florida.
                                                                                     Logistics Services; and the two
                                                                                                                                                                                            Military    Commercial
                                                                                     support industries of Information                                                                     Facilities    & General
                                                                                     Technology Services and Research                                                                                     Aviation
                   Strategic Supp                                                    and Engineering. The IT and
                                   orting Indust
                                                  ries                               engineering clusters play a critical
                                                                                     role in supporting the development                                                                    Aerospace &
                                                                                     and success of the aerospace
                                                                                                                                                                                     Defense Industry Sectors
                                                                                     and defense industry as well as the                                                                              Air           Engineering,
                       Specialized Fo                                                                                                                                                           Transportation
                                      undations                                      region’s other three targets. These                                                       Unmanned                            Testing, R & D,
                                                                                                                                                                                Systems           & Support         & Industrial
                                                                                     two strategic support clusters reach                                                                          Activities          Design
                                                                                     across all sectors of the industry,
                                                                                     fit well with Florida’s business and                                                                         Composite          Consulting
                                                                                                                                                                                Avionics           Materials
                                                                                     tax climate and maintain a very                                                                                                  Services
                                                                                     significant presence in the region.
                                         Economic                                                                                                                     Air Cargo &      Maintenance,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Repair &
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Assembly (Very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Flight Training
                                                                                                                                                                      Distribution                       Light, Light, &
                                        Foundations                                                                                                                                     Overhaul          Regional Jets)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Specialized Foundations

                                                                                                                                                    Education                   Finance                            Specialized                     Quality
                                                                                                                                                       &         Innovation        &                                Aviation          Regulatory     of
                                                                                                                                                                                             Infrastructure                          Environment
                                                                                                                                                    Workforce     Systems       Capital                          Industrial Parks                   Life

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    Northwest Florida’s Military Assets

                                                                                         Boasting a $15 billion annual economic impact on the region, Northwest Florida’s              Every naval aviator passes through NAS
                                                                                         military installations are key attractions for aerospace and defense firms. Enhanced          Whiting Field which provides flight training
                                                                                         by the research and development emphasis at Eglin Air Force Base, Tyndall Air                 to more than 1,200 students annually.
                                                                                         Force Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, companies can take advantage                 Fixed wing and helicopter training for
                                                                                         of defense contract opportunities, an established support system of businesses and            aviators from the U.S. Navy, Marine
                                                                                         suppliers and a well-trained, post-military workforce.                                        Corps, Army and Air Force as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                       allied nations takes place at Whiting
                                                                                         Eglin Air Force Base, geographically the U.S. Air Force’s largest base, is home to            Field which also produces mechanics
    Photo courtesy of USAF
                                                                                         myriad research and development activities. These include its Integrated Weapons              and technicians through the Center for
                                                                                         and Armaments Research Center, one of only three in the nation. The focal point               Aviation Technical Training Detachment.
                                                                                         for all Air Force weapons development, Eglin’s Air Armament Center conducts the
                                                                                         evaluation and testing of all navigation, command and weapons systems. Eglin’s Air
                                                                                                                                                                                       NAS Pensacola, home of the Blue
                                                                                         Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate conducts advanced R&D for air-
                                                                                                                                                                                       Angels, is often referred to as the
                                                                                         launched munitions and unmanned aerial vehicles; the 53rd Wing tests every fighter,
                                                                                                                                                                                       “Cradle of Navy Aviation.” Principal
                                                                                         bomber, unmanned aerial vehicle and weapon system in the Air Force inventory; and
                                                                                                                                                                                       operations at NAS Pensacola
                                                                                         the 20th Space Control Squadron detects, tracks, identifies and reports objects in the
                                                                                                                                                                                       include: the
                                                                                         Earth’s orbit. The base recently became the home of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the
                                                                                                                                                                                       Naval Education
                                                                                         Department of Defense’s newest fighter plane.
                                                                                                                                                                                       and Training
                                                                                         Hurlburt Field is home to the Air Commandos, headquarters of the Air Force Special            Command
                                                                                         Operations Command, 1st Special Operations Wing and the Air Force Special                     which trains
                                                                                         Operations Training Center.                                                                   and educates
                                                                                                                                                                                       Navy and Marine
                                                                                         Tyndall Air Force Base’s 325th Fighter Wing provides training for the F-22 Raptor             Corps personnel worldwide;
                                                                                         fighter pilots and their maintenance personnel, air battle managers, intelligence officers,   Training Air Wing SIX which
                                                                                         crew chiefs and air traffic controllers. The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group conducts           provides naval flight
                                                                                         the Air Force’s air-to-air and air-to-ground Weapon System Evaluation Programs. The           officer, navigator and
                                                                                         Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops new            weapon system officer
                                                                                         materials, processes and technologies for use in aerospace applications.                      training; and the Naval
                                                                                                                                                                                       Air Technical Training Center, the Navy’s
                                                                                                                                                                                       largest aviation training center.
                                                             o rt h w est F Florida Military Installations
                                                            NNorthwest lo r i da M i l i ta r y i N sta l l at i o N s
                                                                      Alabama                                                                                                          The Naval Surface Warfare Center,
                                                                                                                                                      Georgia                          housed at the Naval Support Activity
                                                                                                                                                                                       Panama City, conducts research,
                                                                                                                                                                                       development, testing, evaluation and
                                                 Whiting Field
                                                                                                                                                                                       support activities for mine warfare systems,
                                                                           Duke Field
                                                                                                                                                                                       mines, unmanned systems, amphibious/
                                                                                                                                                                                       expeditionary warfare systems, naval
                                                                 Hurlburt Field
                                                                                                                                                                                       special warfare systems and diving and
                                                                                                                                                                                       life support systems. The center’s more
                                                                             Eglin Air Force Base
                             Naval Air Station
                                                                                                    Naval Support Activity                                                             than 700 research scientists include
                                                                                                        Panama City
                                                                                                                             Tyndall Air Force Base                                    mechanical and electrical engineers,
                                                         Gulf of Mexico                                                                                                                oceanographers, physicists, computer
                                                                                                                                                                                       scientists and mathematicians, over one-
                                                                                                                                                                                       third of whom hold advanced degrees.

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    Research and Development                                                                                                                                                                           Our Aerospace and Defense
    Supports the Aerospace Industry                                                                                                                                                                    Industry is Robust and Growing
                                                                                                     The national defense laboratories, our universities and research institutions and our             The aerospace and defense industry in Northwest Florida is robust and growing.
                                                                                                     significant concentration of technology companies comprise a cooperative, globally-               The high concentration of aerospace and defense companies in the region provides
                                                                                                     competitive support system for emerging aerospace and defense technologies and                    evidence that Northwest Florida is a location of choice for the aerospace industry.
                                                                                                     support research in areas such as electronics and micro-electronics, nano technology,             The region’s active research and development community is supported by research
                                                                                                     composite and exotic materials, advanced power systems, computing (hardware,                      organizations across Northwest Florida, including private, military and university-based
                                                                                                     software and the integration of the two), robotics, uninhabited systems and avionics.             facilities.

                                                                                                     The national defense laboratories at Eglin Air Force Base, Tyndall Air Force Base and the         Aerospace and defense accounts for between 32,000 – 37,000 private sector
                                                                                                     NSA Panama City provide a strong foundation for public/private collaboration, working             and non-military government employees. When combined with the 35,000 enlisted
                                                                                                     with private contractors and research institutions such as:                                       personnel at the region’s seven military installations, the industry boasts a workforce of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       approximately 70,000. According to a study conducted for Florida’s Great Northwest
                                                                                                       •	The University of Florida’s Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) which
                                                                                                                                                                                                       by SRI International in 2007, the region is home to more than 1,900 aerospace and
                                                                                                         concentrates on developing micro air vehicles equipped with nano-sensors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       defense establishments, with more than 400 primary, aerospace and defense specific
                                                                                                       •	The	 Institute	 for	 Human	 and	 Machine	 Cognition,	 or	 IHMC,	 which	 is	 focused	 on	
                                                                                                         human-centered computing, research in robotics technology and sensory
                                                                                                         substitution, all vital for new innovations such as advanced cockpit navigation and           The employment size and number of establishments in each of Northwest Florida’s 13
                                                                                                         warrior robots as well as the development of human performance enhancements                   aerospace and defense industry sectors are illustrated in the chart below.
                                                                                                         such as load-bearing exoskeletons.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo courtesy of USAF
                                                                                                       •	Florida	State	University	which	is	home	to	the	High-Performance	Materials	Institute
                                                                                                         (HPMI) where the very materials vital for both high-tech unmanned vehicles and the                                                    FGNW Aerospace & Defense Sectors: Ranked by Total Employment (2004)

                                                                                                         very light jet industries such as “buckypaper,” a material 10 times lighter than steel, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10,000                                                                                                 500
      The Institute for Human and Machine                                                                250 times stronger, are being developed. FSU also houses the Center for Advanced
      Cognition’s (IHMC) human-centered                                                                                                                                                                                        9,000                                                                                                 450
      computing cockpit display, nicknamed OZ.
                                                                                                         Power Systems (CAPS) which is focused on advanced power technologies. CAPS
                                                                                                         is developing technology in power semiconductors, materials, advanced controls                                        8,000                                                                                                 400

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Number of Establishments
                                                                                                         and superconductivity to advanced power systems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Number of Employees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               7,000                                                                                                 350

                                                                                                       •	The	National	High	Magnetic	Field	Laboratory	which	houses	the	world’s	largest	and	                                     6,000                                                                                                 300
                                                                                                         highest-powered magnet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               5,000                                                                                                 250
                                                                                                       •	The	Andrews-Paulos	Reasearch	and	Education	Institute,	a	national	leader	in	sports	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4,000                                                                                                 200
                                                                                                         medicine, which is applying sports-based research to enhance the performance of
                                                                                                                                the elite commandos and to rehabilitate our wounded warriors                                   3,000                                                                                                 150

                                                                                                           Georgia              as they return from defending our nation.                                                      2,000                                                                                                 100                               The chart illustrates the employment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       size and number of establishments
                        Whiting Field
                                                                                                                              These are examples of Northwest Florida’s R&D institutions,                                      1,000                                                                                                 50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for each of the 13 aerospace and
                                          Duke Field
                                                                                                                              a string of pearls spanning the Gulf Coast from Pensacola to                                         0                                                                                                 0
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         •	IT, Systems Integration, Network Solutions, Telecommunications – 431 firms
                                                                                                                                                                                                         •	Consulting	Services	–	416	firms
                                                                                                                                                                                                         •	Engineering,	Testing,	R&D,	Industrial	Design	–	408	firms

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                  Northwest Florida’s Aerospace & Defense Industry

                                89        4                     189                       331                81                                                                           Georgia
        97                                                                                                        Bonifay
                   29                                  Crestview                             DeFuniak                        Chipley    Marianna
                                     87                                                     90
                                                I-10                                285                                                                                          84
                                Milton                                                            331
                                                                                   Niceville Freeport                                                           65                                            90
                                                                                                                        77       231
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                                                                                                                        Panama City        71           65

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                                                                                     Northwest Florida Aerospace & Defense Companies by Classification                               IT, Systems Integration,Network Solutions & Telecommunications
Aerospace & Transportation Equipment Manufacturing                      Chemicals & Fuel Manufacturing & Distribution            Fabricated Metals & Machinery Manufacturing         Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
Air Transportation & Support Activities                                 Computers, Electronics & Electrical Manufacturing        Facilities Support Services                         National Defense
Aviation Machinery & Equipment Distribution                             Engineering, Testing, R&D & Industrial Design            Flight Training                                     Ordnance & Accessories

     Northwest Florida’s                                                                                                                                                      Computers, Electronics &
                                                                                                                                                                         Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
     Aerospace & Defense Companies                                                                                                                                   ƒ   AAI Services Corp., Panama City Beach
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Aerospace Integration Corp., Mary Esther
            Aerospace & Transportation                    ƒ   FWMEA Joint Venture, Pensacola                    ƒ   Sunshine Aero Industries, Inc., Crestview        ƒ   AeroVironment, Inc., Navarre
                                                          ƒ   Helicopter Accessory Services East, Pensacola     ƒ   Swann’s Mobile Aircraft Paint, Pensacola
             Equipment Manufacturing                                                                                                                                 ƒ   ARINC, Inc., Crestview
                                                          ƒ   Heli-Tech, Inc., Panama City                      ƒ   Tallahassee Regional Airport TLH, Tallahassee    ƒ   ARINC, Inc., Freeport
     ƒ   Aerospace Integration Corporation, Crestview     ƒ   King Aerospace, Panama City                       ƒ   Tepper Aviation, Inc., Crestview                 ƒ   Automation Technology, Inc., Cantonment
     ƒ   Airlift Technologies, Inc., Milton               ƒ   L-3 Communications Aerospace, Milton              ƒ   US Airways PNS, Pensacola                        ƒ   AV, Inc., Navarre
     ƒ   Alliant Techsystems, Shalimar                    ƒ   L-3 Communications Crestview Aerospace,           ƒ   US Airways TLH, Tallahassee                      ƒ   Avalex Technologies Corp., Pensacola
     ƒ   Boeing Company, Fort Walton Beach                       Crestview                                      ƒ   US Airways VPS, Eglin AFB                        ƒ   BAE System Controls, Inc., Panama City
     ƒ   EDO Marine and Aircraft, Niceville               ƒ   L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Milton       ƒ   VIP Jetport, Tallahassee                         ƒ   BAE Systems, Crestview
     ƒ   Fh1100 Manufacturing Corp., Century                     (2 locations)                                                                                       ƒ   BAE Systems, Shalimar
     ƒ   Helicopter Technology, Inc., Century             ƒ   L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace,
                                                                                                                           Aviation Machinery &                      ƒ   BAE Systems Technology Solutions and
     ƒ   Heliworks, Inc., Pensacola                              Pensacola                                                                                                  Services, Fort Walton Beach
                                                          ƒ   Macaulay Brown, Panama City                                 Equipment Distribution
     ƒ   Ian Conrad Bergan, Inc., Pensacola                                                                                                                          ƒ   Certified Manufacturing, Inc., Holt
     ƒ   L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace,             ƒ   Mapoles Aviation, Pace                                                                                 ƒ   Chenega Corp., Panama City
                                                          ƒ   Mike’s AG Air, McDavid
                                                                                                                ƒ   Air Power Services, Pensacola                                                                                Engineering, Testing, R&D                  ƒ   COLSA Corp., Shalimar
             Pensacola                                                                                          ƒ   AMC Tool & Carbide Supply, Pensacola             ƒ   Crane Aerospace-Keltec, Fort Walton Beach                                                          ƒ   Columbia Group, Panama City Beach
     ƒ   Pensacola Engineering, Inc., Cantonment          ƒ   Miracle Strip Aviation, Inc., Destin                                                                   ƒ   Cygnus Aerospace, Crestview                                & Industrial Design
                                                                                                                ƒ   Brown Helicopters, Inc., Pensacola                                                                                                                      ƒ   Control Systems Research, Valparaiso
     ƒ   Prime Source Electrical & Manufacturing, Inc.,   ƒ   Monarch Aviation, Destin                                                                               ƒ   DRS Training & Control Systems, Inc., Fort
                                                                                                                ƒ   Coastal Industrial Supplies, Crestview                                                                                                                  ƒ   Cubic Defense Systems, Shalimar
             Shalimar                                     ƒ   Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation,                                                                         Walton Beach                                 ƒ Advanced Concepts Enterprises (ACEs),
                                                                                                                ƒ   David Aviation, Inc., Pensacola                                                                                                                         ƒ   Dalpar Corporation, Fort Walton Beach
     ƒ   Raytheon Aerospace T 1 A, Pensacola                     Crestview                                                                                           ƒ   General Dynamics Corp., Mary Esther                    Shalimar
                                                                                                                ƒ   Electronic Warfare Associates, Fort Walton                                                                                                              ƒ   DCS Corp., Shalimar
     ƒ   Rockwell Collins, Niceville                      ƒ   Northwest Airlines PFN, Panama City                                                                    ƒ   General Dynamics Land Systems, Tallahassee      ƒ   Aerojet, Fort Walton Beach
                                                                                                                       Beach                                                                                                                                                ƒ   Defense Business Development, Inc., Navarre
     ƒ   Stedebani Enterprise Company, Inc., Panacea      ƒ   Northwest Airlines PNS, Pensacola                                                                      ƒ   General Dynamics Satcom Technologies, Inc.,     ƒ   Analytical Services, Inc., Niceville
                                                                                                                ƒ   Global Power Logistics, Miramar Beach                                                                                                                   ƒ   Durham Strategic Concepts, Niceville
                                                          ƒ   Northwest Airlines TLH, Tallahassee                                                                           Fort Walton Beach                            ƒ   Applied Research & Design, Tallahassee
                                                                                                                ƒ   Great Circle Shipping Corp., Pensacola                                                                                                                  ƒ   DynCorp, Eglin AFB
                                                          ƒ   Northwest Airlines VPS, Eglin AFB                                                                      ƒ   Honeywell, Milton                               ƒ   Applied Research Associates, Inc., Niceville
     Air Transportation & Support Activities                                                                    ƒ   Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp.,                                                                                                                    ƒ   EJM Aerospace Services, Inc., Crestview
                                                          ƒ   Northwest Florida Facilities, Fort Walton Beach                                                        ƒ   L-3 Communications, Pensacola (2 locations)     ƒ   Applied Research Associates, Inc., Panama
                                                                                                                       Pensacola                                                                                                                                            ƒ   FR Aleman Associates, Inc., Tallahassee
                                                          ƒ   Northwest Florida Regional Airport VPS,                                                                ƒ   L-3 Communications, Inc., Milton                       City
     ƒ ABX Air, Inc., Tallahassee                                                                               ƒ   Mac Enterprises of Pensacola, Inc.,                                                                                                                     ƒ   Faac, Inc., Fort Walton Beach
                                                                 Eglin AFB                                                                                           ƒ   L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Milton     ƒ   Applied Systems Engineering, Niceville
     ƒ Advanced Aviation Services International,                                                                       Pensacola                                                                                                                                            ƒ   Florida Institute For Human and Machine
                                                          ƒ   Okaloosa County Airport Admin, Eglin AFB                                                                      (2 locations)                                ƒ   ARINC, Inc., Panama City Beach
             Pensacola                                                                                          ƒ   Rubber & Specialties, Inc., Pensacola                                                                                                                          Cognition, Pensacola
                                                          ƒ   Panama City-Bay County International Airport                                                           ƒ   L-3 Services, Inc., Pensacola                   ƒ   ARINC, Inc., Shalimar
     ƒ   Aero Associates, Inc., Tallahassee                                                                     ƒ   Segers Aviation, Inc., Crestview                                                                                                                        ƒ   G & J Assoc., Inc., Valparaiso
                                                                 PFN, Panama City                                                                                    ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Hurlburt Field           ƒ   Avcon Inc., Niceville
     ƒ   Air 1st Aviation Companies, Inc., Panama City                                                          ƒ   Sunbelt Industrial Supply Co., Inc., Pensacola                                                                                                          ƒ   Gastops, Inc., Pensacola
                                                          ƒ   Pensacola Aviation, Pensacola                                                                          ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Panama City              ƒ   Avcon, Inc., Chipley
     ƒ   Air Prop Specialist, Inc., Marianna                                                                    ƒ   Swensair Parts, Cantonment                                                                                                                              ƒ   General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc.,
                                                          ƒ   Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport PNS,                                                             ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Panama City Beach        ƒ   Avionics Test Analysis Corp., Niceville
     ƒ   Aircraft Management Services, Inc., Milton                                                             ƒ   Turner Supply Co., Inc., Tallahassee                                                                                                                           Tallahassee
                                                                 Pensacola                                                                                           ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Pensacola                ƒ   B3H Corp., Shalimar
     ƒ   AirTran PNS, Pensacola                           ƒ   Precision Avjet, Panama City                                                                                                                               ƒ   BAE Systems, Fort Walton Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ƒ   General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical
                                                                                                                                                                            (2 locations)                                                                                          Systems, Inc., Niceville (2 locations)
     ƒ   American Airlines PNS, Pensacola                 ƒ   Proxy Aviation Systems, Crestview                      Chemicals & Fuel Manufacturing                  ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Shalimar (2 locations)   ƒ   BAE Systems, Panama City Beach
     ƒ   American Airlines TLH, Tallahassee               ƒ                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   Georgia Institute of Technology, Shalimar
                                                              Quincy-Gadsden Airport, Quincy                                 & Distribution                          ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Tyndall AFB              ƒ   BAE Systems Aerospace Services, Inc.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ƒ   Hatch Mott MacDonald, Tallahassee
     ƒ   American Airlines VPS, Eglin AFB                 ƒ   River City Avionics, Inc., Destin                                                                                                                                 Crestview
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Lockheed Martin Information Technology,                                                            ƒ   Honeywell International, Niceville
     ƒ   Anron Aviation, Inc., Pensacola                  ƒ   Sekur Repair, Inc., Pensacola                     ƒ   Airgas South, Fort Walton Beach                                                                      ƒ   BAE Systems Information and Electronic
                                                                                                                                                                            Tyndall AFB                                                                                     ƒ   ITT Corporation, Panama City
     ƒ   ARINC, Inc., Hurlburt Field                      ƒ   SheltAir Aviation Services, Panama City           ƒ   Airgas South, Tallahassee                                                                                   Systems Integration, Hurlburt Field
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Lockheed Martin Services, Tyndall AFB                                                              ƒ   Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Tallahassee
     ƒ   Aviation Systems-NW Florida, Pensacola           ƒ   Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Mary Esther              ƒ   Doss Aviation, Pensacola                                                                             ƒ   BAE Systems Science and Technology, Inc.,
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Micro Systems, Inc., Fort Walton Beach                                                             ƒ   Jacobs Technology, Eglin AFB
     ƒ   Bay Seaplanes, Inc., Panama City Beach           ƒ   Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Pensacola        ƒ   Jet Air, Inc., Tallahassee                                                                                  Fort Walton Beach
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Northrop Grumman PRB Systems, Inc.,                                                                ƒ   Jacobs Technology, Fort Walton Beach
     ƒ   Blue Angel Aviation, Inc., Pensacola                    (2 locations)                                  ƒ   Taminco, Inc., Pace                                                                                  ƒ   BAE Systems Technical Services, Inc., Fort
                                                                                                                                                                            Niceville                                                                                       ƒ   Kefalas & Associates, Inc., Niceville
     ƒ   Bob Sikes Airport CEW, Crestview                 ƒ   St. George Island Airport, Eastpoint                                                                                                                              Walton Beach
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems                                                           ƒ   L-3 Communications Corp., Milton
     ƒ   Capital Avionics, Inc., Tallahassee                                                                                                                                                                             ƒ   BAE Systems Technology Solutions and
                                                                                                                                                                            Corp., Shalimar                                                                                 ƒ   L-3 Communications Titan Corp., Niceville
     ƒ   Chipola Aviation, Inc., Panama City                                                                                                                                                                                    Services, Inc., Eglin AFB
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Ocean Acoustic Systems, Inc., Panama City                                                          ƒ   L-3 Communications Titan Corp., Panama City
     ƒ   Coastal Airport, Pensacola                                                                                                                                                                                      ƒ   Bahia Vista Associates, Shalimar
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Pixe International, Inc., Tallahassee                                                              ƒ   L-3 Services, Inc., Gulf Breeze
     ƒ   Coastal Helicopter, Inc., Panama City                                                                                                                                                                           ƒ   BEC Engineering, Tallahassee
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Precision Control Design, Inc., Fort Walton                                                        ƒ   L-3 Services, Inc., Shalimar
     ƒ   Continental Airlines PNS, Pensacola                                                                                                                                                                             ƒ   Benedict Engineering Company, Inc.,
                                                                                                                                                                            Beach                                                                                           ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Eglin AFB
     ƒ   Continental Airlines TLH, Tallahassee                                                                                                                                                                                  Tallahassee
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Raytheon Company, Shalimar                                                                         ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Panama City
     ƒ   Continental Airlines VPS, Eglin AFB                                                                                                                                                                             ƒ   Bishop Group, Panama City
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Segers Aero Corp. Headquarters, Crestview                                                          ƒ   Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego,
     ƒ   Cubic Defense Applications, Shalimar                                                                                                                                                                            ƒ   Blackhawk Management Corp., Fort Walton
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Segers Aero Corp. Testing, Crestview                                                                      Shalimar
     ƒ   Delta Air Lines PFN, Panama City                                                                                                                                                                                       Beach
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Syn-Tech Systems, Inc., Tallahassee                                                                ƒ   LPA Group, Inc., Tallahassee
     ƒ   Delta Air Lines PNS, Pensacola                                                                                                                                                                                  ƒ   Boeing Aerospace Operations, Inc., Crestview
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Talla Tech, Tallahassee                                                                            ƒ   Macaulay-Brown, Shalimar
     ƒ   Delta Air Lines TLH, Tallahassee                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ   Boeing Company, Niceville
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Talla-Com Industries, Inc., Tallahassee                                                            ƒ   ManTech SRS Technologies, Inc., Fort Walton
     ƒ   Delta Air Lines VPS, Eglin AFB                                                                                                                                                                                  ƒ   Boeing Company, Shalimar
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Technical Services Laboratory, Fort Walton                                                                Beach
     ƒ   Destin Airport DTS, Destin                                                                                                                                                                                      ƒ   BTAS, Shalimar
                                                                                                                                                                            Beach                                                                                           ƒ   Metric Engineering, Inc., Marianna
     ƒ   Dyncorp International, Eglin AFB                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ   CS & K Associates, Inc., Tallahassee
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   TeligentEMS, Havana                                                                                ƒ   Modern Technology Solutions, Niceville
     ƒ   Emerald Coast Aviation, DeFuniak Springs                                                                                                                                                                        ƒ   Center for Advanced Power Systems,
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Textron Systems Corp., Shalimar                                                                    ƒ   MSR Industries, Inc., Pensacola
     ƒ   Federal Aviation Administration, Pensacola                                                                                                                                                                             Tallahassee
                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   WNG Associates, Fort Walton Beach                                                                  ƒ   MTC Technologies, Fort Walton Beach
     ƒ   Ferguson Airport, Pensacola                                                                                                                                                                                     ƒ   Centerline Consulting, Shalimar
     ƒ   Flightline Group, Inc., Tallahassee                                                                                                                                                                             ƒ   CH2M Hill, Navarre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ƒ   Northrop Grumman Corp., Hurlburt Field
     ƒ   Fuller Aviation, Quincy                                                                                                                                                                                         ƒ   CH2M Hill, Tallahassee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ƒ   Northrop Grumman Information Technology,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tyndall AFB

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             Engineering, Testing, R&D                         Fabricated Metals & Machinery                        I.T., Systems Integration, Network               Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
          & Industrial Design (continued)                              Manufacturing                                 Solutions & Telecommunications
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ Aerosource, Navarre
     ƒ Northrop Grumman Space & Mission                   ƒ Air Tech, Inc., Pensacola                           ƒ   Abacus Technology Corp., Shalimar            ƒ American Mold & Fiberglass Works, Niceville
           Systems, Panama City                           ƒ American Pump & Supply, Tallahassee                 ƒ   ACISS Systems, Tallahassee                   ƒ BAE Systems Manufacturing Technology, Inc.,
     ƒ Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Shalimar           ƒ Defense Stamping & Engineering, Inc.,               ƒ   Advanced Systems Technology, Pensacola              Fort Walton Beach
     ƒ Nova Technologies, Panama City                            Pensacola                                      ƒ   Alpha Data Corp., Eglin AFB                  ƒ   Business Aircraft Leasing, Inc., Destin
     ƒ Orion International Technologies, Inc.,            ƒ   Fort Walton Machining, Inc., Fort Walton Beach    ƒ   Alpha Data Corp., Fort Walton Beach          ƒ   Emerald Air Services, Inc., Fort Walton Beach
             Eglin AFB                                    ƒ   General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical            ƒ   Andrulis, Inc., Panama City Beach            ƒ   Hudson Aircraft, Inc., Tallahassee
     ƒ   Page & Jones, Inc. (Pelican Air Cargo),                 Systems, Inc., Niceville                       ƒ   Anteon Corp., Pensacola                      ƒ   L-3 Vertex Aerospace, Pensacola
             Panama City                                  ƒ   General Precision Manufacturing, Inc.,            ƒ   ARINC, Inc., Panama City                     ƒ   Marianna Airmotive, Cantonment
     ƒ   Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction Services,             Pensacola                                      ƒ   Bridge Technologies, Inc., Destin            ƒ   Monarch Aviation, Inc., Lynn Haven
             Pensacola                                    ƒ   General Scientific Corp., Panama City             ƒ   CACI, Inc., Pensacola                        ƒ   Pinckney Aircraft, Pensacola
     ƒ   Pattison and Associates, Shalimar                ƒ   General Sheet Metal, Tallahassee                  ƒ   CACI, Inc., Shalimar                         ƒ   Reliance Aerotech Services, Inc., Pensacola
     ƒ   PBS&J, Chipley                                   ƒ   Global CNC Solutions, Tallahassee                 ƒ   CACI, International, Inc., Eglin AFB
     ƒ   Pensacola Testing Lab, Inc., Pensacola           ƒ   Herco Sheet Metal, Inc., Fort Walton Beach        ƒ   Computer Science Corp., Gulf Breeze                         National Defense
     ƒ   Performance Technologies, Tallahassee            ƒ   J & P Khamken, Niceville                          ƒ   Computer Science Corp., Pensacola
     ƒ   Proposal Resources, Inc., Fort Walton Beach      ƒ   Meyer Tool, Inc., Fort Walton Beach                      (3 locations)
                                                          ƒ   North American Turbine, Inc., Crestview
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   Air Force Element, DeFuniak Springs
     ƒ   Quantic Engineering & Logistics Corp.,                                                                 ƒ   Decision Sciences, Inc., Fort Walton Beach
                                                          ƒ   Pearson’s Fabricated Metal, Pensacola
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   Defense Logistics Agency, Pensacola
             Panama City Beach                                                                                  ƒ   Dynamics Research Corp., Fort Walton
                                                          ƒ   Tallahassee Hydraulics, Inc., Tallahassee
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   Florida National Guard, Crestview
     ƒ   Quantum Research International, Inc., Shalimar                                                                Beach
                                                          ƒ   Vertec Inc., Pensacola
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Air Force Eglin Air Force Base, Eglin AFB
     ƒ   Raytheon Company, Tyndall AFB                                                                          ƒ   Dynetics Inc., Shalimar
                                                          ƒ   Ver-Val Enterprises, Fort Walton Beach
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Air Force Hurlburt Field, Hurlburt Field
     ƒ   Rolls-Royce, NAS Pensacola                                                                             ƒ   Epoch Software Systems, Inc., Gulf Breeze
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Air Force Tyndall Air Force Base, Tyndall AFB
     ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,                                                              ƒ   General Dynamics Information Technology,
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Army Chemical Units, Panama City
             Gulf Breeze                                                                                               Inc., Panama City (2 locations)
                                                                  Facilities Support Services                                                                    ƒ   US Army Reserve, Tallahassee
     ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,                                                              ƒ   General Dynamics Information Technology,
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Coast Guard, Panama City
             Panama City Beach                                                                                         Inc., Pensacola (2 locations)
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Coast Guard Search & Rescue, Destin
     ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,        ƒ BAE Systems Technical Services, Inc.,               ƒ   General Dynamics Network Systems, Inc.,
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Defense Contract Audit Agency,
             Pensacola                                           Eglin AFB                                             Panama City
                                                                                                                                                                        Fort Walton Beach
     ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,        ƒ   CH2M Hill/VT Griffin Joint Venture, Pensacola     ƒ   Hunt Engineering Systems, Niceville
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Defense Logistics Agency, Shalimar
             Shalimar                                     ƒ   DynCorp, Pensacola                                ƒ   Integrated Systems Analysts, Fort Walton
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US National Guard, Crestview
     ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,        ƒ   InDyne Inc., Eglin AFB                                   Beach
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton
             Tallahassee                                  ƒ   L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace,              ƒ   L-3 Communications, Pensacola
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Naval Aviation School, Pensacola
     ƒ   SENTEL Corp, Eglin AFB                                  Pensacola                                      ƒ   L-3 Communications Government Services,
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Naval Education & Training, Pensacola
     ƒ   SENTEL Corp., Niceville                          ƒ   Minter Group, Inc., Shalimar                             Panama City
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ   US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City
     ƒ   Smartronix, Inc., Shalimar                       ƒ   Strategy X, Inc., Crestview                       ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Eglin AFB
     ƒ   Sonalysts, Inc., Panama City (2 locations)                                                             ƒ   Navigator Communications, Tallahassee
     ƒ   Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., Shalimar
                                                                          Flight Training                       ƒ   Northrop Grumman Information Technology,               Ordnance & Accessories
     ƒ   Total Parts Plus, Fort Walton Beach                                                                           Inc., Fort Walton Beach
     ƒ   UF Graduate Engineering & Research,                                                                    ƒ   Nova Technologies LLC., Destin
                                                          ƒ   Aero Club, Tyndall AFB                                                                             ƒ St. Marks Powder, A General Dynamics Co.,
             Shalimar                                                                                           ƒ   Raytheon Company, Fort Walton Beach
                                                          ƒ   Aerospace Institute, Crestview                                                                           Crawfordville
     ƒ   URS Corp., Chipley                                                                                     ƒ   Raytheon Technical Services Company
     ƒ   URS Corp., Crestview
                                                          ƒ   AMS Aviation, Inc., Milton
                                                                                                                       LLC., Pensacola
     ƒ   URS Corp., Panama City
                                                          ƒ   CHOICE Aerospace Institute, Fort Walton
                                                                                                                ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,
     ƒ   URS Corp., Pensacola                                                                                          Fort Walton Beach
     ƒ   URS Corp., Santa Rosa Beach
                                                          ƒ   Day Aviation, Holt
                                                                                                                ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,
     ƒ   URS Group, Inc., Panama City (2 locations)
                                                          ƒ   Eagle Aircraft Corp., Tallahassee
                                                                                                                       Hurlburt Field
     ƒ   URS Group, Inc., Tallahassee (2 locations)
                                                          ƒ   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Eglin AFB
                                                                                                                ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,
     ƒ   US Army Corp of Engineers, Pensacola
                                                          ƒ   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hurlburt
                                                                                                                       Panama City
     ƒ   Vector Associates, Shalimar                                                                            ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,
     ƒ   Vitro Technical Services, Inc., Fort Walton
                                                          ƒ   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
             Beach                                                                                              ƒ   Science Applications International Corp.,
     ƒ   Volkert & Assoc., Inc., Chipley
                                                          ƒ   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
     ƒ   Wilbur Smith Assoc., Tallahassee                                                                       ƒ   SimWright, Navarre
     ƒ   Wintec Arrowmaker, Inc., Shalimar
                                                          ƒ   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
                                                                                                                ƒ   SRA International Inc., Mary Esther
                                                                 Tyndall AFB
     ƒ   Worsham Associates, Inc., Niceville                                                                    ƒ   Tech Advanced Computers, Inc., Pensacola
     ƒ   Wyle Laboratories, Niceville
                                                          ƒ   Lively Technical Center-Aviation School,
                                                                                                                ƒ   Tybrin Corp., Fort Walton Beach
                                                                                                                ƒ   Unisys Corp., Tallahassee
                                                          ƒ   Lockheed Martin Corp., Milton
                                                                                                                ƒ   VATC, Shalimar
                                                          ƒ   Rockwell Flight Training, Bonifay
                                                          ƒ   Stark Survival Co., Panama City
                                                          ƒ   Tyndall Flight Training Center, Tyndall AFB
                                                          ƒ   Van Nevel Helicopters Academy, Century
                                                          ƒ   West Bay Aircraft, Inc., Panama City

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     Answering the Workforce Challenge

                                                       Northwest Florida’s stable government and military presence provides employers with a          As part of the long-term solution to the aerospace industry’s question of “What are we
                                                       motivated and highly-skilled workforce that is demographically the youngest in the state.      doing to address the engineering and computing issue?”, Florida’s Great Northwest
                                                       Well-rooted in the region’s communities, the large, ever-growing population of separations     invested in creating new programs where degree or certification gaps exist and is
                                                       from both military personnel and civilian contractors, many of whom already possess            investing $1 million in scholarships to fill the programs with qualified students. These
                                                       the necessary security clearances, are a vital resource for the blossoming aerospace           investments are being matched on at least a dollar for dollar basis by the region’s
                                                       industry.                                                                                      educational institutions and private businesses.

                                                       In addition to progressive secondary education programs, three community colleges,             Florida’s Great Northwest is fostering the growth of aerospace, IT and engineering
                                                       two state colleges and numerous university and private industry training facilities offer      through providing direct training grants to businesses, financing the development of
                                                       degrees and advanced training. The region is anchored by Florida State University and          new degree and certification programs and fostering the development of high school
                                                       Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, and by the University of West Florida in Pensacola.     career academies and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.
                                                       At these institutions, both graduate and undergraduate students get the chance to study
                                                       and work alongside some of the nation’s top researchers at highly-specialized institutions     Secondary education programs have been created to promote intense, accelerated
                                                       such as the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the University of Florida’s REEF,         math and science training. These have included career academies and the nationally
     University of West Florida president Judy Bense   the High Performance Materials Institute, Center for Advanced Power Systems and the            recognized Project Lead the Way program with curricula that allows students
     took research-based evidence and reconfigured     Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.                                                     to engage in hands-on, real-world projects in science and math. Now adopted
     the university’s academic programming to better                                                                                                  throughout the nation as the new model for career preparation, the CHOICE™ Career
     meet the needs of a new economy. Research
     by Florida’s Great Northwest has provided
                                                       These facilities provide collaborative, cutting-edge research and development focused          Academy, developed at Okaloosa County schools and being replicated across the
     Bense with what she called “a road map” to the    on the future in robotics, new materials, power systems, uninhabited vehicles and artificial   region, combines rigorous coursework with skills training. Its students simultaneously
     university’s academic programming.                intelligence that drives regional innovation.                                                  achieve high school credit, college credit and industry-recognized certification. At
                         —850 Magazine, Spring 2009
                                                                                                                                                      Fort Walton Beach High School’s Aviation Academy where the curriculum includes
                                                                                                                                                      both aerospace and unmanned aerial vehicle coursework, students attend classes
     Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic                                                                                                        taught by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty and receive FAA certifications.
                                                                                                                                                      Niceville High School’s IT Career Academy is graduating some of the nation’s first high
     Development (WIRED) Northwest Florida Initiative                                                                                                 school students certified in Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle. Florida’s Great Northwest’s
                                                                                                                                                      secondary education investments have provided program development funds for
                                                                             Florida’s Great Northwest, through its WIRED Northwest Florida
                                                       Florida’s Great Northwest
                                                                                                                                                      creating accelerated math and science programs and CHOICE™ career academies in
                                                                             Initiative, is proactively working to increase the size and quality      13 of the region’s 16 school districts.
                                                         Northwest Florida   of the workforce necessary to support and expand targeted,
                                                             Initiative      knowledge-based industries. Built on a strong partnership                Similar investments have been made at the post-secondary level in scholarships and
     The WIRED Northwest Florida                       that integrates private industry, economic development, educational institutions and           new programs for certifications, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master’s
     Initiative, partially funded through              workforce development, Florida’s Great Northwest and its partners are creating a               degrees in IT, life sciences, engineering and renewable energy. Since 2006, Florida’s
     a grant awarded by the U.S.                       world-class workforce.                                                                         Great Northwest has invested more than $9 million as seed capital, matched by over
     Department of Labor, is built on a                                                                                                               $19 million, to encourage the creation of these training opportunities. By 2011, Florida’s
     strong public/private partnership                 The WIRED Northwest Florida Initiative has been instrumental in evaluating the region’s        Great Northwest will have converted a $15 million program into a $45 million investment
                                                       workforce needs. Analyses by SRI International and Florida’s Great Northwest as                to supply the aerospace, computing and engineering companies of today with the
     framework. Including over 120
                                                       well as interviews conducted with Northwest Florida businesses continue to expose,             workforce of tomorrow.
     of the region’s public and private                as regional strengths, Northwest Florida’s critical support industries of Information
     sector leaders, the initiative is                 Technology and Research and Engineering, strategic support clusters that transcend
     is guided by a governance                         all of the region’s target industries and serve as keys to Northwest Florida’s future
     council and industry advisory                     growth and prosperity.
     councils comprised of economic
                                                       In fact, Florida’s Great Northwest analyzed 150 occupations associated with the
     development           organizations,
                                                       aerospace and defense, information technology, computing and engineering industries,
     workforce boards, educational
                                                       identified 28 industry-critical occupations, conducted a workforce demand-versus-
     institutions and private industry                 supply gap analysis, analyzed the region’s post-secondary programs (certification
     employers.                                        through Ph.D.) and identified pipeline gaps between demand and annual graduates.

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     Specialized Aviation Parks
                                                                                                                                                                      Nor thwest Florida offers aviation, aerospace
     a n d Tra i n i n g Ce n te rs
                                                                                                                                                                      and defense companies unprecedented
                                                                 In addition to the Tallahassee, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach regional airports, Northwest
                                                                 Florida will be home to the nation’s first new international airport built post 9/11. Construction   oppor tunities for growth.
                                                                 is underway on the Panama City-Bay County International Airport, with flights expected
                                                                 in mid-2010. The new “green” airport occupies roughly 4,000 acres with state of the art
                                                                 facilities, a 10,000 foot primary runway and a cross wind runway for general aviation.
                                                                 The airport supports over 1,400 acres of aviation-related industrial space and provides
                                                                 convenient access to all major modes of transportation.

                                                                 The airport is part of Panama City’s West Bay, a truly unique development. Slightly larger
                                                                 than Washington D.C., West Bay is the first planned development of its kind in Florida.
                                                                 78,000 acres encompass planned residential, commercial and industrial development.
                                                                 34,000 acres of permanent environmental preserve along scenic West Bay ensure that
                                                                 miles of green space and natural shoreline will be enjoyed for generations to come,
                    West Bay Sector Plan                         alongside quality, planned growth.
     Agricultural / Timberland   Low-Impact Residential
     Airport / Industrial        Regional Employment Center
                                                                 Specialized Aviation Parks and Training Centers
     Business Center             West Bay Center
     Preservation Area           Village Center (Ressidential)   The presence of numerous aviation parks and training centers throughout Northwest Florida
                                                                 is a major asset to the aerospace industry and serves as a key regional strength.

                                                                 With an aging military fleet, much of the testing, development, modification and conversion
                                                                 activity is occurring at dedicated aviation parks such as the Okaloosa County Industrial
                                                                 Airpark located near Crestview. Positioned on 360 acres with taxi-way access to Bob Sikes
                                                                 Airport, the park hosts industrial users such as L-3 Crestview Aerospace, Sunshine Aero
                                                                 Industries, Tepper Aviation, Aerospace Integration Corp. and North American Turbines.

                                                                 Saufley Field is administered by and located just north of NAS Pensacola. Upon approval
                                                                 of the enhanced use lease, Saufley Field will offer a multi-functional, joint use facility with
                                                                 access to two active 4,000-foot runways and serve as an access point for the National
                                                                 LamdaRail, an Internet infrastructure developed to support high-performance research. In
                                                                 addition, Saufley Field is home to several organizations taking advantage of the facility’s
                                                                 more than 700,000 square feet of office space.

                                                                 Under construction is Whiting Aviation Park, situated adjacent to NAS Whiting Field in
                                                                 Santa Rosa County. Upon completion, the park will offer 269 acres with through-the-fence
                                                                 taxiway access to Whiting Field’s 6,000-ft. runway.

                                                                 Additional opportunities are available in developing training and research centers. For
                                                                 example, located in Shalimar just outside Eglin Air Force Base’s main gate is the University
                                                                 of Florida Research and Education Engineering Facility (REEF). In the process of expanding
                                                                 to become the Emerald Coast Research Park and Technology Campus, this 100-acre
                                                                 technology park will support collaborative research opportunities between universities, the
                                                                 private sector and the military. In Tallahassee, the Very Light Jet Center of Excellence is
                                                                 projected to become the world’s first education center dedicated to training in very light jet
                                                                 service operations, commercial aviation pilot training and an aviation test center for analyzing
                                                                 a variety of aviation and security equipment.


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