Building a diverse and vibrant regional economy where Northwest Florida residents and businesses have a wealth of opportunities.
Northwest Florida Forward is built around five aspirational goals that serve as the key focus areas for future economic vitality and growth for the region.
Connect the talent assets of Northwest Florida talent to key industry clusters and ensure a dynamic and diverse workforce for new and growing businesses.
Strengthen the region’s economy through targeted recruitment of new businesses and supporting existing business expansions.
Ensure that Northwest Florida’s economic infrastructure is state of the art and connects communities in every part of the region.
Foster robust entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems to drive future economic growth.
Northwest Florida Forward: A Regional Strategy for Economic Transformation offers a candid evaluation of the region’s economic development challenges and opportunities, informed by quantitative analysis, reviews of national best practices, and qualitative input from across the 13-county region. It articulates a set of guiding principles that reflect the values of the region’s residents and businesses, that define economic vitality in Northwest Florida, and that directly inform the goals and strategies.
Northwest Florida Forward is a strategic initiative that will drive economic vitality and growth for the region.
It will take all of us — business, government, educational and community leaders — working together throughout the region to make this a reality.
Engage with us. Join a Northwest Florida Forward Council and help make an impact on the region.