US News & World Report ranked Florida the #1 state in the nation for higher education for a second year in a row. Florida and Northwest Florida leaders are committed to education and being responsive to the diverse needs of companies like yours that currently exist or are expanding in the region.

Northwest Florida’s public schools are consistently rated the best in the state. Students and families have a wide range of options of programs and focus throughout the K-12 system. View school grades

Northwest Florida’s State Colleges work with industry to create programs that quickly adapt to changing workforce needs, and advanced training opportunities are available at highly specialized institutions.

Students earn industry-recognized certifications and college credit through various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs, Career and Professional Education (CAPE) programs, Project Lead the Way, and Career High-Skill Occupational Initiative for Career Education (CHOICE) Career Academies.

Additionally, communities across the region are establishing cradle to career programs to better align resources to achieve greater education and workforce development success.

Another valuable resource is the Career Pathways program, which allows students to explore the educational track, institutions and other resources that will prepare them for a career in their chosen field.


Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.

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