Santa Rosa County offers aviation and aerospace companies shovel-ready sites, modern infrastructure and a trained, educated and experienced workforce.

Military and defense-related industries are Santa Rosa County’s top economic sector.

  • Between 2000 and 2014, contractors in Santa Rosa County were awarded 1,363 contracts valued at $339 million.
  • In addition to Whiting Field in Santa Rosa County, there are six aviation-related military installations in surrounding counties: NAS Pensacola, Naval Support Activity Panama City, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, and Tyndall Air Force Base.
  • Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are among the top 10 counties in the state for defense spending. Escambia accounts for $1.5 billion (7th) while Santa Rosa accounts for $465.2 million (10th).
  • Naval Air Station Whiting Field provides services and material support for the training of U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and International student aviators.

Shipping and transportation accessibility make it easy to maximize ROI.

  • Peter Prince Field, located south of NAS Whiting Field, is Santa Rosa County’s public use airport.
  • Transportation infrastructure includes nearby Pensacola International Airport and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Interstate 10, CSX rail, and access to the Port of Pensacola, a designated foreign trade zone.
  • Interstate 10, U.S. 98 and U.S. 90, major east-west highways, run through the county.
  • Santa Rosa County is located centrally for five aircraft manufacturers: Airbus in Mobile, Ala.; Embraer in Jacksonville and Melbourne, Fla.; Gulfstream in Savannah, Ga.; and Boeing in Charleston, S.C.

Hit the ground running in Santa Rosa county with a work-ready, skilled laborforce over 70,000 strong.

  • About 34,000 military retirees and a wealth of civilian DoD contractors provide a unique workforce ideal for aerospace, defense and information technology. The number of military retirees grows by roughly 2,400 each year.
  • Santa Rosa County is fifth in the state with 7,623 DoD personnel. Next door, Escambia is the top county with 19,315.
  • From high school forward, aviation-specific education programs are in place across the region, including the University of Florida Research and Education Engineering Facility near Eglin Air Force Base.
  • Qualified aviation and aerospace manufacturing companies can receive training grants through the Florida Flex program.

Maximize ROI by locating where the sites and civic support you need are in place and ready for takeoff.

  • Aviation-specific property at Whiting Aviation Park has limited access to runways for testing and development opportunities.
  • Whiting Aviation Park provides industrial sites with direct airport access.
  • Santa Rosa County has three Certified Florida First Sites: Santa Rosa Industrial Park East, Vic’s of Navarre, and Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10.
  • Incentive programs are in place for companies purchasing lands owned by Santa Rosa County.
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Santa Rosa Top 5

  1. Santa Rosa County is located centrally for five aircraft manufacturers: Airbus in Mobile, Ala.; Embraer in Jacksonville and Melbourne, Fla.; Gulfstream in Savannah, Ga.; and Boeing in Charleston, S.C.
  2. For two consecutive years, Florida has been ranked best in the country for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  3. Florida’s $52 billion military and defense-related industries are the state’s third top economic sector. It tops the list in Santa Rosa County.
  4. In 2014, 184 defense contractors in Santa Rosa County landed 100 contracts valued at $15 million.
  5. Santa Rosa County boasts a workforce of over 70,000 people. Half of those people travel to jobs away from their homes, outside the county.

Santa Rosa Aviation News

Santa Rosa County is amid one of the most active air traffic zones in the world, surrounded by military aviation installations and growing commercial operations. The area’s proximity to military-related IT research, development and testing has created an emerging cluster of IT and aerospace companies.

We’re serious about helping grow your business and stand ready to help every step of the way.
Give us a call today.


Shannon Ogletree, Executive Director

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

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