Santa Rosa Economic Development is at work every day to match the best workers, sites, incentives, and infrastructure with the businesses growing in and moving to Santa Rosa County.

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County: 161,096   MSA: 466,913


High School: 28%


Some College: 53%


Associate Degree or Higher: 36%


Bachelor Degree: 17%


Graduate Degree: 8%


Educational Opportunities

College in Santa Rosa County offering Associate’s Degree or Certificate
Colleges within 50 miles
Universities within 50 miles offering Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Technical College in Santa Rosa County, 2 within 50 miles


Blue Collar: 65%


White Collar: 35%


Santa Rosa County has a labor force of 75,252 people, with a job growth rate of 4.32% since 2013, and an unemployment rate of 4.8%.

Military Retirees

Northwest Florida has the second largest concentration of retired military personnel in the nation. With valuable skills and an average age of 40, they are an ideal workforce.

Job Types

Office & Admin Support: 19%


Sales: 15%


Management: 11%


Food service: 8%


Education & Training: 7%


With certified sites, modern infrastructure and a trained, educated and experienced workforce, Santa Rosa County offers industries an opportunity to maximize their ROI in a community dedicated to providing the bests to residents and businesses. From our expanding tourism, vibrant farming community, growing industrial presence, our strong military ties, to our top notch schools, it is no surprise that Santa Rosa County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.



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Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers world–class athletes, weekend warriors, youth athletes and everyday people have access to state–of–the–art performance training and health care services. Under the leadership and reputation of internationally renowned orthopedic sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the Andrews Institute is filled with dedicated research laboratories as well as education and conference facilities plus its numerous multi–specialty clinical departments. The Institute is also home to EXOS, an internationally known organization for training some of today’s top professional and elite athletes.



Innovation Awards Return for 2017: Florida’s most lucrative business competition contest is back bigger and better than ever. $250,000 in cash and other consulting and technical services will be up for grabs, plus more opportunities for winners with tailored prize catagories. Read More »

AppRiver once again honored by Inc.'s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies: For the tenth time in a row, AppRiver, based in Santa Rosa County, has made Inc.’s 5000 fastest growing private companies list. The list presents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Read More »

Small business owners get new digital tools from Gulf Power: Gulf Power recognizes that small businesses make up the backbone of our community. They dream big, take risks and create value for their customers and their employees. As part of their effort to support business, Gulf Power developed a database of free resources and organizations located here in Northwest Florida that can help you succeed. Read More »

PSC adds new cybersecurity degree: This fall, Pensacola State College will offer a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. Graduates of PSC’s four-year program earn 19 industry certifications that are sought by employers. Read More »

UWF recognized for excellence in cybersecurity education: The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of West Florida as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. A ceremony recognizing this national CAE-CDE designation will be held at the Eighth Annual National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama. Read More »

AppRiver Announces New Secure Electronic Signature Solution for Businesses: AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of email messaging and Web security solutions based in Santa Rosa County, announced the addition of a secure e-signature solution to its CipherPost Pro™ email encryption platform. Read More »


Shannon Ogletree, Executive Director

Santa Rosa County EDO
6491 Caroline Street, Suite 4
Milton, Florida 32570-4592

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