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March 26, 2020
Bay Economic Development Alliance: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. Announces Plans for Suzuki Marine Technical Center USA in Panama City, Florida Suzuki Developing 20-Acre Property in Panama City, Florida To Enhance Integration With U.S. Boat Builders & Dealers.
October 10, 2019
Panama City, Florida – (October 9, 2019) – The Bay Economic Development Alliance (BayEDA), Port Panama City, City of Panama City, and Bay County announced today that a leading distribution company for custom kitchen cabinets will be locating in Panama City, Florida. Clark and Son Inc. (Clark and Son) will locate their distribution and final assembly headquarters operation in Panama City, Florida.
August 12, 2019
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - The Trump administration is confirming that a U.S. Air Force base in the Florida Panhandle that was devastated by Hurricane Michael will be rebuilt so it can house F-35 fighter jets.
June 11, 2019
Two-time winner celebrates culture of innovation and focus on patient experience
May 3, 2019
PANAMA CITY — Developers unveiled a partially constructed building on Thursday that, once finished this year, will be used to lure new industry and jobs to Bay County.
March 21, 2019
Check out our recent feature in 850 Business Magazine regarding economic development in Bay County after Hurricane Michael. Economic development is still strong and we look forward to several successes in 2019!
February 13, 2019
The Bay Economic Development Alliance (BayEDA) and the Bay County Commission announced today that an international foundation, Casa Laxmi Foundation, Inc. 501(c)(3) (Casa Laxmi), is establishing an international boarding school for students from kindergarten through grade 12 in Bay County, Florida. The project represents an investment of approximately $117 million and will bring 300 new jobs to Bay County. The average wage for the new jobs will be over $50,000 annually.
November 9, 2018
The Company plans the development of a 110-125 room hotel with a full service restaurant and bar, as well as meeting space. This new hotel will be located adjacent to the airport which is located within St. Joe’s 110,500 acres known as the Bay-Walton Sector Plan.
November 1, 2018
Bay County employers are hiring after Hurricane Michael, but housing and loyalty may be a roadblock
The largest employers in Bay County are showing that Hurricane Michael can’t run them out of town. But housing will play a key role in keeping businesses—and their employees—afloat.
August 8, 2018
ACMT, Inc. will be making a $20 million investment in the county, officials said.
July 25, 2018
Revint Solutions, a revenue recovery company for the healthcare industry, will bring 150 jobs to the Bay area.
July 9, 2018
So far, 40 people have been hired including the plant’s new general manager Preston Mathis.
July 6, 2018
The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will get $95,000 to develop an expeditionary rapid innovation center outside Naval Station Activity Panama City. The center "will collaborate with local colleges, universities, and business in a public-private partnership," officials wrote in a news release. "This partnership will address the Navy’s critical need for a quick response innovative solution to address emerging mission requirements."
June 13, 2018
PANAMA CITY — The Bay Economic Development Alliance ended its regular meeting Wednesday with another success story.
Butterfly Training, an aviation training company based in France, plans to open its U.S. headquarters in Panama City.
June 11, 2018
The world’s largest airline is now offering ECP passengers non-stop daily service on the 65-seat CRJ-700 jet to Charlotte Douglas and Dallas-Fort Worth airports, American Airlines hubs that offer connecting flights to destinations around the world
May 23, 2018
Northwest Florida gets a boost as two more aerospace companies move in.
May 9, 2018
Air Temp of America, Inc. (Air Temp), a subsidiary of Air Temp de México, S.A. de C.V will locating their first US Headquarters in the City of Panama City, Florida.
January 2, 2018
BAY COUNTY — If all goes according to plan, by the end of 2018, international aerospace manufacturing company GKN Aerospace will have brought 100 new, high-paying jobs to the region.
In 2019, Eastern Shipbuilding will begin construction on the first of nine Coast Guard offshore patrol cutters, anticipated to bring more than a thousand jobs to the area when all is said and done.
In 2020, the size of Tyndall Air Force Base will increase by almost a third, with 1,600 new airmen to support the MQ-9 Reaper wing program, assuming the base passes a mandatory environmental study.
Editor’s note: This is the top story of 2017 as selected by readers and News Herald staff. A comprehensive Year in Review special section will publish in early January. Find additional related content at newsherald.com.
December 8, 2017
A new drone wing slated for Tyndall Air Force Base is expected to bring 24 aircraft, 1,600 airmen -- and the need for more local housing, classrooms and specialized training.
November 15, 2017
BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Bay County's Economic Development Alliance held it's annual luncheon Wednesday afternoon.
BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Northwest Florida Beaches International made a big move Wednesday morning to increase aircraft storage space. They approved a project for a second airport hangar in Sheltair's general aviation section of the airport.
October 2, 2017
In November 2016, the FAA approved the company’s “Conformal Vortex Generator” product that is manufactured at its facility at 416 Richard Jackson Boulevard..
July 26, 2017
Eastern Shipbuilding Group successfully completes Offshore Patrol Cutter ICDR Milestone for the United States Coast Guard
July 14, 2017
In fiscal year 2009, the airport’s operating revenue was $3.6 million. In fiscal 2016, revenue was $11.1 million. Job creation went from about 250 employees in 2010 to an estimated 800 people today.
June 5, 2017
The Triumph Gulf Coast will award Panhandle communities $300 million to aid in economic recovery efforts after millions of barrels of oil ravaged their cities and towns in 2010.
May 9, 2017
Local and State officials formally welcomed GKN Aerospace to Florida on May 9th a special ceremony to celebrate the new facility being built in Bay County.
April 6, 2017
The Airport has partnered with local business DeTect to utilize its DroneWatcher™ drone detection and defense system.
March 15, 2017
In January 2015, Port Panama City gained certification for a 54 acre site at their Intermodal Distribution Center (IDC). The certification was achieved through Gulf Power Company’s Florida First Sites program in partnership with international site selection firm, McCallum Sweeney.
March 8, 2017
GKN's Sue Barnes said the company is bringing about $55 million of capital equipment to its 135,000-square-foot Bay County facility, which should open in 2018. Recruitment for 170 highly skilled employees will begin in the coming months.
March 2, 2017
"Let me make an offer to you," Dr. John Holdnak, president of Gulf Coast State College, remembered telling them. "If you will commit to come, I will develop a program around your industry needs and I will help recruit students to go into this program and train your workforce."
February 14, 2017
The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) (“St. Joe”) and the Bay Economic Development Alliance today announced that one of the world’s largest independent first tier suppliers to the international aviation industry, will expand its operations by locating a new manufacturing facility in Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre in Bay County, Florida.
February 9, 2017
Every two years, Development Counsellors International honors young professionals from across the globe for exceptional contributions to the economic development industry and to recognize the profession's rising stars.
December 19, 2016
Great things happened in Bay County during 2016. Check out this video that captures the high points.
December 5, 2016
Edge Aerodynamix, a company whose products save fuel and energy by improving the aerodynamic efficiency of aircraft wings and rotor blades, announced that its conformal vortex generator (CVG) technology has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
September 15, 2016
The economy of Panama City and Bay County got a huge boost Thursday after Eastern Shipbuilding landed a $10.5 billion contract to build two dozen new U.S. Coast Guard cutters.
August 24, 2016
Expansion of health technology company will create 100 jobs
July 26, 2016
A team of Bay County representatives led by EDA President, Becca Hardin, held many successful meetings as part of Governor Rick Scott's Florida delegation at the Farnborough International Show.
May 4, 2016
Port Panama City purchased a portion of WestRock in order to expand its facilities.
February 10, 2016
Berg Steel Pipe Corp. started its year with a shipment of 39,318 tons of steel plate from Germany, a record haul for Port Panama City and a good indicator for the type of business the company hopes to do this year.
February 9, 2016
Becca Hardin, President of the Bay EDA is part of a team of economic developers from Florida's Great Northwest that are in Seattle this week on an aerospace recruitment mission. The team will visit Boeing's operations and participate in the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance Conference and hold one-on-one meetings with aerospace companies.
November 17, 2015
By VALERIE GARMAN
News Herald Reporter
Posted Nov. 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM
Updated Nov 17, 2015 at 5:19 PM
The Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) used a lost project to gauge the headway the organization made this year during an annual luncheon.
June 10, 2015
PANAMA CITY — As officials with the Bay County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) target the aerospace industry for local job growth, the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) remains at the center of their pitch.
May 13, 2015
One effort, to expand the county’s high-speed data infrastructure, moved one step closer to reality this week.
May 5, 2015
Recently, Oceaneering International, as part of a consortium with GE Oil & Gas, secured a contract that added over $100 million to its Subsea Products backlog. All of this product manufacturing is planned to be performed at their Port Panama City, Florida umbilical facility and is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015 with completion in the fourth quarter of 2017.
May 4, 2015
The latest episode of the Florida's Great Northwest regional TV show, filmed at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, features BayEDA President, Becca Hardin and the economic development assets of Bay County, Florida.
April 23, 2015
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport was recently honored by Delta as a 2014 Station of the Year, an award given worldwide to stations that meet operational and customer service criteria as measured by the Atlanta-based airline.
Company's Radar System Exports Recognized by Southeast Regional Trade Organization
April 17, 2015
Gov. Rick Scott is asking the Legislature to make a manufacturing sales tax exemption proposed in his 2015-16 budget a permanent measure to give Florida businesses a real opportunity for growth.
March 30, 2015
DeTect, Inc. (www.detect-inc.com) celebrates the third anniversary of opening of its European Division Office to meet growing demand for its radar products in the United
Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU), and the Middle East. The DeTect Global Ltd. office is located in Horsham, West Sussex near London-Gatwick Airport.
March 26, 2015
The Panama City metropolitan area was the 19th-fastest growing metro in the United States last year, according to new population estimates released by the Census Bureau.
March 2, 2015
United Airlines, Silver Airways, and Southwest Airlines will all be offering new flights this month.
February 12, 2015
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) has announced that Southwest Airlines will begin nonstop service to Dallas, Texas.
Bay EDA joins the Florida's Great Northwest delegation at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference. The conference focused on how the aerospace industry is shifting more manufacturing investment to the United States after a decade in which production jobs in the sector flowed to China and other emerging economies.
February 11, 2015
Jason Peters, director of transportation development for FDOT’s Northwest Florida office, spoke at the Bay County Economic Development Alliance’s (EDA) investors meeting, outlining several multimillion-dollar roadway projects prepping for construction in the area.
January 22, 2015
At the recent Enterprise Florida Board Meeting, Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of EFI, Gray Swoope, gave his final address to the Board. It was announced that Bill Johnson will replace Gray Swoope.
Linea Peninsular, based at Port Panama City, upgrades its fleet for its container trade with Mexico.
January 19, 2015
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is pleased to announce Silver Airways is bringing their intra-Florida service to Panama City Beach with two new nonstop flights.
January 14, 2015
In their joint Executive and Investors Meeting, the Executive Committee of the Bay County Economic Development Alliance (Bay EDA) named Becca Hardin as President of the organization.
January 8, 2015
Port Panama City's Intermodal Distribution Center is ready to house new industry. One 54-acre site on the IDC property, located on U.S. 231, recently became the fourth in the region to receive certification through Gulf Power's Florida First Sites program, aimed at attracting new industry to the area.
December 5, 2014
VentureCrossings, located in Bay County and owned by The St. Joe Company, is the first industrial site to complete Gulf Power's Florida First Sites program in Northwest Florida.
November 14, 2014
The leadership of the Bay Economic Development Alliance (Bay EDA) recently announced that Executive Director, Neal Wade will be moving on to a new chapter in his career. Becca Hardin will become Interim President of the organization at the beginning of 2015.
November 7, 2014
United announced this week it will begin serving the Bay County area in early 2015, providing twice-daily, year-round service to the airline’s largest passenger hub at Houston’s George Bush International Airport (IAH).
October 17, 2014
Aviation manufacturer will create 120 jobs and a capital investment of $77.92 million, including land
October 16, 2014
BayEDA partnered with Enterprise Florida recently for a night of espionage and intrigue in Washington D.C.
Gov. Rick Scott announced more than $1.1 million in projects and programs designed to make life a little easier for military personnel and their families in the Panhandle on Monday, about a week before Election Day, and some of that money will end up in Bay County.
October 15, 2014
The Bay EDA recently attended NBAA2014 - Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in partnership with Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and Florida's Great Northwest.
October 9, 2014
A limitless passion for sharing knowledge and strengthening the technical skills base in the Bay County area has local company Hive Technologies and the CareerSource Gulf Coast Board working together, keenly focused on the mission.
September 9, 2014
Each year Site Selection salutes the top utility economic development teams in the US. Chief among the criteria is analysis of corporate end-user project activity in 2013 in those utilities' territories, based on data from Site Selection's New Plant Database and from utility and community reports.
July 7, 2014
With five and 10-year master plans in the works, the Port Authority at the small but busy facility is exploring ways to adapt best to the changing game of world trade as markets evolve, ships get bigger and trade routes shift.
June 30, 2014
DeTect, Inc. announced that it has received an order for a MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar system for the US Navy Townsend Bombing Range in Georgia.
June 18, 2014
Jensen USA and NantHealth were among four Northwest Florida businesses recognized by Governor Rick Scott for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida Families.
June 2, 2014
For the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, the effort to lure aerospace manufacturing projects to Northwest Florida is a marathon, not a sprint.
May 22, 2014
The Jacksonville Business Journal lists Port Panama City as the fifth port in the state based on value of cargo.
May 15, 2014
The Bay County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) has launched an online tool to help make Bay County ’s offerings more visible to the rest of the world.
February 13, 2014
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. of Panama City, FL is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the three finalists to design the United States Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC).
January 24, 2014
Recently, Governor Rick Scott announced that local defense partners in Okaloosa, Walton and Bay Counties were awarded over $450,000 through Florida’s Defense Reinvestment Grant. These three counties were chosen among 12 regions to receive a Defense Reinvestment Grant.
January 13, 2014
There’s an old saying that goes: “A rising tide lifts all boats.” And as a wider Panama Canal opens its locks for the world’s mega-ships, Northwest Florida’s local ports — Port Panama City, Port of Pensacola and Port St. Joe — are taking stock of what that means for their business, as well as the economic health of the region they serve.
December 30, 2013
Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida ranked first overall in U.S. aviation manufacturing attractiveness in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Aviation’s Second Gold Age: Can the U.S. aircraft industry maintain leadership? The U.S. aviation manufacturing attractiveness index ranked Florida’s talent first, Florida’s industry ninth, and Florida’s cost sixth for an overall ranking of first in the nation.
November 18, 2013
Governor Rick Scott recently announced that iSirona, an information technology company that provides solutions for medical device integration, will expand its operations in Panama City, creating 300 new jobs and a capital investment of $2.25 million.
November 6, 2013
A $500,000 grant awarded to the Economic Development Alliance of Bay County will bring a next-generation computing network to Naval Support Activity Panama City, Gov. Rick Scott announced recently.
October 30, 2013
"Smart" devices are generating a flood of information. Now hospitals need to figure out how to manage it all. Panama City’s, iSirona, is providing solutions to help hospitals with this challenge.
October 29, 2013
FedEx Ground, a leader in small-package ground delivery, recently opened a nearly 60,000-square-foot package distribution facility at the Port Panama City Intermodal Distribution Center.
October 24, 2013
B&C Technologies was recently recognized as a member of the 2013 Class of Florida Companies to Watch, an honor presented by GrowFL at the University of Central Florida in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. In its 3rd year, Florida Companies to Watch celebrates second-stage growth companies for their impressive employment rates and revenue growth.
October 10, 2013
The Panama City Port Authority is pleased to announce that it has leased 75,000 square feet within its new distribution warehouse to AAdvantage North American. AAdvantage North American is a Panama City based logistics company providing vendor managed inventory (VMI) warehousing and distribution services.
September 6, 2013
A five-county coalition has formed in an effort to land an aerospace company for the Panhandle, Bay County Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Neal Wade announced recently.
August 20, 2013
iSirona, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, today announced it has been named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. This is the second year in a row iSirona has earned a spot on the magazine's elite list.
August 19, 2013
The Port Panama City Port Authority (PCPA) is prepared to build access roads, lay-down area and 20 car rail intermodal cargo transfer facility with adequate setback to support transfer of bulk products between rail and truck, and will create 23 new direct jobs.
August 17, 2013
B&C Technologies is named as one of 2013's honorees in the Florida Companies to Watch award program. In its 3rd year, Florida Companies to Watch is presented by GrowFL at the University of Central Florida in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.
August 5, 2013
iSirona, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, today announced it was included in Outside Magazine's sixth annual "Best Places to Work" list. iSirona was ranked number 28 out of 100 selected companies.
July 5, 2013
Charles W. Nicholson, Jr., Chairman of the Board for Community Bank, Coast, is proud to announce that Edward Michael Freeman, Jr., has joined the Board of Directors for Community Bank. Freeman currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Acentria Insurance headquartered in Destin, Florida.
June 27, 2013
The St. Joe Company has announced another agreement that offers opportunities for growth at the Port of Port St. Joe, provided maintenance dredging of the shipping channel can be accomplished.
June 18, 2013
Linea Peninsular’s speedy service, offered three times weekly between the Port of Progreso and the Port of Panama City, helps cut time-to-market for Mexican manufactured goods consumed in the U.S.
June 10, 2013
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised an additional four (4) 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboats. On January 23, 2013, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the 56th vessel that is currently under construction and with these additional four towboats brings the total to 60 vessels contracted.
June 6, 2013
The scheduled liftoff of Southern Airways Express' first flight into Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) is expected just after 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013.
May 28, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, the St. Andrew Bay Land Company received approval to start phase one of what Panama City officials are calling the biggest development that's been in the city. The plan, which spans over the next 30 years will build over 3,000 homes and create 700,000 square feet of commercial space.
May 8, 2013
The Eastern Shipbuilding Group announces it will add about 400 jobs in the next year. The company says they are preparing to build two new sub-sea construction vessels. They will be primarily used by the offshore oil industry.
April 18, 2013
Port Panama City has an annual impact of about $1.4 billion on the state’s economy and a direct business impact in Bay County of more than $544 million, according to a report issued on behalf of the port.
April 4, 2013
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that on March 29, 2013, O’Hara
Corporation of Rockland, Maine signed a contract to construct and deliver one 194’ DNV Classed Freezer Stern Trawler Fishing Vessel. This new contract will be
constructed from their ST-115 design furnished by Skipsteknisk, AS of Aalesund, Norway.
April 1, 2013
After almost five months of applications, interviews, and decision-making the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce has finally elected its new leader. The search committee, staff, and Board of Directors chose Lance Allison from Murray, KY, to direct the Beach Chamber in its future endeavors.
February 15, 2013
The HOS Red Dawn makes a splash as it enters the water at the Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s Allanton shipyard Friday.
February 8, 2013
PANAMA CITY, Fla.-February 7, 2013-iSirona, the leading provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, today announced it has been named one of America's Most Promising Companies by Forbes Magazine.
The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), CASTO and Strategic Retail Advisors (SRA) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony late last week to begin construction for their joint venture project Pier Park® North, a 360,000-square-foot shopping center located across from Pier Park Lifestyle Center on US-98 east of the State Road 79 intersection. The Pier Park North shopping center anticipates opening in spring of 2014.
November 28, 2012
When most people think of Bay County, they think of beautiful beaches, but the area is starting to get a new reputation in the tech industry.
November 20, 2012
Economic development folks in our region are on a mission and the objective is Mobile.
November 13, 2012
MOBILE, Alabama - The final assembly line in Mobile will become the "epicenter of commercial activity" for operations in the United States, Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor said Friday.
October 31, 2012
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) achieved a major milestone for the aviation industry today as it flew the first civil jet powered by 100 percent unblended biofuel. This historic flight symbolizes a significant step not only for the aerospace industry, but also towards advancing sustainable sources of renewable energy. The fuel was made by Applied Research Associates in Panama City, Fla.
October 26, 2012
Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) are partnering to evaluate CLG and ARA’s 100% drop-in ReadiJet™ Fuel.
October 24, 2012
Bay County Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Neal Wade worked out an equation to enhance prosperity and create 1,300 jobs in the region.
ITT Exelis officially opened its full-service mine defense production facility Friday morning with speeches from company officials and local politicians.
October 12, 2012
(October 12, 2012 – Panama City, FL) The Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) announces the location of GPD Pathology, a life sciences company, to Bay County, Fla.
October 3, 2012
850 - the business magazine of Northwest Florida - takes an in-depth look at the Bay EDA's recruitment efforts at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and Venture Crossings.
September 5, 2012
MOBILE, Alabama -- Opportunity and transformation are the words on the lips of both local and regional economic development officials in the wake of Airbus revised global aircraft forecast through 2031.
August 24, 2012
iSirona, a medical software company, announces its expansion in downtown Panama City.
August 22, 2012
The Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) announces the expansion of iSirona, a downtown Panama City-based medical software development company. iSirona, formed in 2008, has grown from 33 to 100 employees since January 2012 and projects to grow by another 100 jobs over the next three years. The company recently relocated its headquarters to the former ITT Exelis building in downtown Panama City.
July 10, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott has brought an 85-member entourage to Great Britain in an attempt to lure an aerospace company to Florida.
July 5, 2012
The national economy may still look like a mile of bad blacktop highway, but there were at least two green shoots that emerged in this region to produce guarded optimism of a brighter future.
July 3, 2012
Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier, second from left, shakes hands with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley as they pose with a model of the A320 Airbus following an announcement Monday that Airbus will establish its first assembly plant in the United States in Mobile. The French-based company said the Alabama plant is expected to cost $600 million to build and will employ 1,000 people when it reaches full production, likely to be four planes a month by 2017.
February 16, 2012
A group from Southeast Alabama and Northwest Florida has been working for several months to prepare for a future mega project for the region. The group has identified several possible sites that could attract a mega-project including steps to "certify" the site as ready for an industrial expansion.
January 29, 2012
There are a number of variables that add up to winning and losing. The more swings at the ball, the more chances for a home run.
January 11, 2012
Bay EDA Executive Director Neal Wade talked teamwork and promoting Bay County during the agency’s meeting at FSU.