April 15, 2024

Northwest

Wind Boom

SPOTLIGHT GE’s wind energy plant in Pensacola is busy ramping up its assembly line as a result of a massive wind turbine order announced by the company in January. GE... Read more »
Published on 3/29/2024

Gulf Cable Expansion

Gulf Cable, one of Northwest Florida's largest and fastest-growing manufacturers, is getting much larger. Read more »
Published on 2/28/2024

Shredding Jobs

Taylor County and city of Perry officials are scrambling to find a buyer for the Georgia-Pacific paper mill that abruptly closed in September eliminating approximately 525 jobs. Known as the Foley Cellulose mill, the paper manufacturer near Perry was the largest single employer in Taylor County. Read more »
Published on 12/31/2023

Detecting Dementia

Researchers at the Florida State University College of Medicine have identified a potential low-cost method for predicting if a person is at risk of developing dementia. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2023

A Bridge Too Far

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that contractor Skanska was negligent in its response to Hurricane Sally in 2020 when more than two dozen of its barges in Pensacola Bay broke loose from their moorings, causing massive damage to the $400-million bridge it was building. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2023

Making Progress

As Florida focuses on growing its economy, experts say one of the most productive places to expand is in manufacturing. The sector pays about 117% of average annual wages in Florida, creates both blue and white-collar jobs and has one of the highest multiplier effects for return on investment. Every $1 in manufactured goods produces $3.60 across all other sectors. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2023

Quick Fix

As Pensacola grapples with an affordable housing crisis, local leaders are looking at repurposing an aging motel to help tackle the problem. Read more »
Published on 9/30/2023

Permanent Anchor

Pensacola has received a $3.9-million grant from the state to build a headquarters for the American Magic sail racing team at the city's port. The state grant will be coupled with an $8.5-million grant from Triumph Gulf Coast, a non-profit that doles out funds recovered from fines related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read more »
Published on 8/27/2023

All Hands on Deck

Leon County officials, concerned over closings and delays of Amazon's national network of distribution centers, are now more optimistic that the e-commerce giant's $200-million Tallahassee fulfillment center is on track to open later this year. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2023

Flood Zone Option

Some flood insurance policyholders in Panama City, seeing their household budgets squeezed by the steady rise in premiums, now have another option. Under the state's federally funded Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program, they can sell their homes at fair market value to the city. Read more »
Published on 6/23/2023

Beating the Heat

A team of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers at the High-Performance Materials Institute in Tallahassee has conducted experiments that prove a compound of boron nanotubes can withstand temperatures up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2023

Smart Cane

Bay County high school students Henry Jiang and Walker Verenakis have created a prototype aid for the visually impaired. Both seniors at North Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City, the two have invented a digital ultrasound walking cane. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2023

Skeleton Crew

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition's robotics team is making significant advancements in two new exoskeleton projects: Quix and Eva. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2023

Red Carpet for Foreign Companies

“Pursuing foreign direct investment is a very important strategy in our efforts to attract new industries and diversify our economy here in Northwest Florida. If you're just concentrating on U.S. companies, you are competing against every other city and county economic development agency. And while that competition is fine, and we will always continue to do that, when you open it up to a worldview perspective, it really allows us to attract additional foreign capital investment that creates good, high-paying jobs.” Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Drones to the Rescue

University of West Florida professor Hakki Erhan Sevil has developed a novel “swarm navigation” model for small drones to assist response teams in emergency situations. Read more »
Published on 2/28/2023

Northwest Florida's economic forecast for 2023

“For the most part, companies are hiring, but as they go into 2023, they are still hurting for people. I went to a conference recently, and I learned that in the health care field there is one nurse for every 10 open positions. In the hospitality industry, it is one person for every six job openings. It's getting better, but it's still very painful for many industries. So, a lot of companies are trying to fill the gap with automation, and inevitably everybody is going to have to go there out of desperation. Many companies have resisted doing that, but they have got to find a way to close the job gap and perhaps consider going down the artificial intelligence path. Perhaps using AI to search through resumes for keywords and things of that nature. We're a very personalized relationship-driven business, so we don't want to damage our interpersonal relationships by being too abstract or too distant or too techie, but we have had a really hard time, especially following COVID, finding quality people for quality jobs.” Read more »
Published on 1/1/2023

Construction underway for Leon County's $24-million business incubator

Construction underway for Leon County's $24-million business incubator Read more »
Published on 12/31/2022

Baptist Health Care's $650-million Pensacola hospital to open next fall

In a recent interview with FLORIDA TREND, Mark Faulkner, president and CEO of Baptist Health Care, talked about BHC's $650-million hospital and 57-acre campus in Pensacola. Read more »
Published on 12/30/2022

Sky Dreamer drone project gives students opportunity to discover, develop new technologies

Fort Walton Beach-based Hsu Educational Foundation has launched a student-oriented project called Sky Dreamer. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2022

Tallahassee-based Applied Fiber's high-performance cables are vital component of NASA's James Webb Telescope

Tallahassee-based Applied Fiber's high-performance cables are a key component of NASA's James Webb Telescope. The company supplied Northrop Grumman, a NASA contractor, with nearly 200 cable assemblies used in the sunshields that protect the lens from extreme temperatures. The company began work with Northrop Grumman on the project more than 13 years ago. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

BellaBots robot waiters are here to take your orders

A Pensacola restaurant has found a futuristic way to overcome staffing shortages that continue to challenge the nation's restaurants. Read more »
Published on 9/12/2022

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers developing tool to predict hurricane debris road blocks

A team of researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is looking to remote-sensing technology to find better ways of predicting where road clogging debris will be most severe following hurricanes. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

University of West Florida psychology professor James Arruda develops early Alzheimer's disease detection device

James Arruda's EEG device sends optical pulse signals to a patient's eyes then measures brain activity responses. Read more »
Published on 6/30/2022

Elevate Waste Solutions saves commercial customers from incurring penalties

Elevate Waste Solutions saves commercial customers, such as restaurants, strip malls and apartment complexes, penalties imposed by large trash service companies when dumpsters are filled beyond capacity or contain large objects like mattresses or other bulky items... Read more »
Published on 5/31/2022

Northwest Florida's four major airports all had record traffic in 2021

Airport Director Matt Coughlin attributes much of the growth to a jump in tourism brought on, in large part, by the airlines marketing Pensacola... Read more »
Published on 5/31/2022

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