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Building a Better Santa Rosa County:

A Five-YearStrategic Blueprint for Economic Development
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County: 171,203   MSA: 485,684


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 2.7%.

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 best 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.



Shannon Ogletree Selected as one of the Top Leaders in Economic Development: Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree has been recognized as one of North America’s top 50 economic developers for 2018 by Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. Read More »

Educating the Next Generation for Florida’s Growing Cybersecurity Industry. : The growing need for cybersecurity training in Florida was a hot topic at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s recent Future of Florida Forum, where they launched their Florida 2030 project. Read More »

Santa Rosa Career Pathways adds Three new Career Academies: This school year, students in Santa Rosa County will have the opportunity to enroll in three new career academies. Building Construction Academy at Jay High School, Hospitality and Tourism Academy at Gulf Breeze High School, and Business & Entrepreneurship Academy at Milton High School.  Read More »

In case you missed it: BOCC approves RFP for spec building at I-10 Industrial Park: The Santa Rosa County board of county commissioners gave approval to Santa Rosa County Economic Development to seek a proposal for the construction of a 50,000 square-foot spec building in the Northwest Industrial Park at I-10 to attract more industry to the county. Read More »

Strategic Blueprint for Economic Development Released: Building a Better Santa Rosa County: A Five-Year Strategic Blueprint for Economic Development, prepared by Atlanta-based Garner Economics LLC to guide future economic development efforts. Read More »

Santa Rosa EDO Wins Awards for Marketing Excellence: The Santa Rosa Economic Development Office won several Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honors were presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. Read More »


Shannon Ogletree, Executive Director

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

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