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If I moved to NW Florida–what can we expect? where would I work?

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Since employment is on everyone’s mind these days, and since we all know that information is KING, I decided to present some job facts and growth projections about the Emerald Coast you may not have known.  Check out the information, and give us a call today.  Together, we’ll  get the ball rolling for you and your family . . .

Six Florida counties make up the Emerald Coast: Santa Rosa, Escambia (West), Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf. In those six counties (and the surrounding areas), we have the richest future growth prospects in the State for 2012 and beyond.

It was predicted in the April, 2011 issue of, 850 The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida, by Michael Plitkin, a program director at the defense contractor, SAIC, that he thinks “Northwest Florida will be the Silicon Valley of the 2020s.”

Until very recently, though, we had one of the lowest population demographics in Florida–but that has begun to change rapidly in the last several years.  The Emerald Coast now boasts a projected growth rate of amazing proportions!

In the projection graphic above (2060 A Research Project of 1000 Friends of Florida), you can see the significant growth here on the Emerald Coast.

It just doesn’t get any better than that! We have the best of everything here in Northwest Florida, and unlike most of the rest of the state, we are projected to “retain significant areas of open space.”  We are not crammed together like many other coastal areas.

Below is a sampling of the type of jobs that can be found in the area.  Each Industry has a number beside it indicating the number of companies who are listed with this service and who are located in the area.  Each one also has a link.  Click on it to see the names of the potential employers.  These are, by no means, all of the available opportunities you will have to choose from when you move your family to the Emerald Coast.

Insurance (60)

Aerospace (1)

Agriculture (80)

Fabrication (26)

Legal (122)

Media (6)

Apparel (13)



Defense (2)

Financial (218)

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Food (21)

Beverages (6)




Electrical (28)




Shopping & Stores (631)


In addition, we have an aggressive academic force at work in the community that is preparing for the growing need of technical, medical and tourism service employee demands of the area.

A few of the top companies are: Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)– Medical; Goodrich– Manufacturing; ARINC– Engineering and Technology; Air Force– Military; WinnDixi– Grocery and Food Service; General Dynamics– Aerospace and Defense; L-3 Communications– Engineers, Technology and Aerospace; Pizza Hut – Food Service; North Okaloosa Medical Center- Medical.

I hope this information has helped you move one step closer to your dream of living and raising your family in our, “practical paradise!”

The Veach Team has a dream too, and it is all centered around our being able to do what we do best: help you achieve your dream with EXCELLENCE!

Buyers, looking for an affordable, comfortable lifestyle; strong community values ¬ and a great area with a long-term vision, are discovering that the Emerald Coast of Florida has more to offer than anywhere else.  Are you looking for a place to live and experience amazing growth?

If you are, and you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Panama City Beach, Destin or anywhere in the area—then The Veach Team is prepared to help you find the Florida home of your dreams. Contact us today, and let us show you why “Life is a Beach” here in beautiful Destin! And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook and Twitter – we’d love to talk with you.


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