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Whether you’re one of the thousands who separate from the regional military annually, a parent looking for top-tier education for your K-12 student, or a life-long student seeking to boost your own career with industry-focused, hands-on training, Northwest Florida is home to a promising future. Six universities and multiple and community colleges and technical schools provide a comprehensive education from cradle to career while state-sponsored initiatives like Triumph Gulf Coast continue to strengthen the workforce with industry-driven training programs.

#1 State in the U.S. for Higher Education U.S. News & World Report, 2022
#15 Best college for veterans (University of West Florida) U.S. News & World Report, 2022
#3 Best school district in Florida (Okaloosa County School District) Niche, 2022
$6,000 Average in-state tuition for public universities in Florida Florida Shines
15 Higher education institutions
11,000 Certificates and degrees awarded annually Triumph Gulf Coast Fact Sheet
1,000 Certificates from Triumph Gulf Coast's regional unmanned pilot training program. Florida’s Great Northwest

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Dog Beach at Pier Park ranked in top 30 best dog-friendly beaches in U.S. View the list here

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Dog Beach at Pier Park, known across the Panhandle as being a great place to take your BFFs (best furry friends), is making a name for itself nationally.  Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Panama City Beach, Dog Beach is among the 30 best dog-friendly beaches in the country, according […]
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‘New Moon of Northwest Florida’ will soon take flight

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. (WMBB) — A little less than four years ago, a company called Skyborne Technology opened up a facility in Wewahitchka. In that short time, the company has taken flight, literally. Skyborne is completing its 15th airship and has big plans for the near future. One of Skyborne Technologies primary projects so far has […]
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Opportunity Florida – Opportunity is Here Video

Florida’s Rural Area of Opportunity region in Northwest Florida, where your company may expand or locate a new facility using the region’s skilled labor coming from our workforce training pipeline that begins at the high school. Come visit our area that abounds with quality of place attributes. Opportunity Is Here — You Should Be Too!
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