Transportation and Infrastructure

Whether you’re bringing in materials or shipping out your product, Northwest Florida gives you easy access to the rapidly growing Southeast United States – and the rest of the world.

Northwest Florida’s three deep-water ports, two of which are designated foreign trade zones, offer access to rail, the interstate system, and airport, and have available property for your business.

Our growing airports are less congested and make it easy for executives and employees to fly in and out on a wide selection of airlines as business demands.

Our 18 premier industrial sites are all multimodal accessible and ready to help your business get up and running quickly.


Northwest Florida offers three commercial airports:

Plus 17 public general aviation airports.


Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad runs parallel to I-10, offers connections to Class I CSX & Norfolk Southern rail lines, and is intersected by numerous short line railroads, including:


Interstate 10 connects Jacksonville, Florida, with Los Angeles California, and provides easy, single-day access to the Ports of Jacksonville, Mobile, and New Orleans.


The region features three deep-water ports:

  • Port Panama City – Located on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and includes a 200-acre Inter-modal Distribution Center with rail access on Highway 231. It is designated as a foreign trade zone
  • Port of Pensacola - This deep-water port has an area designated as a foreign trade zone and an enterprise zone. Rail service is provided by Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad and Alabama Gulf Coast Railway.
  • The Port of Port St. Joe in Gulf County provides barge access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.


Utility companies across Northwest Florida have active economic development teams ready to provide assistance to your company.


Northwest Florida is serviced by two investor-owned electric utilities (Gulf Power and Duke Energy), four electric membership cooperatives (Escambia River EC, CHELCO, West Florida EC, and GulfCoast EC) that are part of the PowerSouth energy system, and municipal electricity providers. Rates are competitive and special rates are available for industrial and other large customers.

Natural Gas

Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC operates a 5,500-mile pipeline system with extensive access to diverse natural gas supply sources which can deliver 2.3 Bcf/day of natural gas to the rapidly growing Florida peninsula. The Florida customer base includes electric utilities, independent power producers, industrials, and local distribution companies.


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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