Tourism is Bay County’s number one industry, generating over $1.63 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting over 20,000 local jobs. Tourism-generated revenue and tourism related taxes benefit every resident of Bay County.
The Bay County Tourist Development Council (TDC), Panama City Community Development Council (CDC) and Mexico Beach Community Development Council (CDC) are all responsible for marketing Bay County as a year-round tourist destination, funded through a 5% tourist development tax applied to short-term overnight accommodation rentals, which equates to about 12 million visitor days/nights each year. The tax also pays for beach restoration, cleaning and maintenance efforts, as well as event support.
The TDC and CDCs have adopted a strategic focus to enhance the visitor experience, to develop the area into a year-round destination, to effectively market Bay County and to diligently protect our most important natural resources – our coastlands and our beach. For more information on Bay County Tourism, visit VisitPanamaCityBeach.com, destinationpanamacity.com, or mexicobeach.com.
The Economic Development Alliance of Bay County
www.BayEDA.com / 850.215.9965
“Welcome to Bay County, Florida! We are delighted to have you in our community and hope that you are enjoying our unsurpassed quality of life and exceptional business climate. Our mission at BayEDA is to help diversify our local economy by attracting new and expanding businesses that are making significant investments and creating quality jobs. Our public and private partners are committed to growing quality jobs in the targeted sectors of aviation and aerospace, technology, advanced manufacturing, distribution, and logistics.
The EDA’s team of professionals is available to confidentially assist those interested in doing business in Bay County with the following services:
- Confidential Project Management
- Site Selection
- Customized Research
- Demographic and Labor Market Analysis
- State and Local Incentives Assistance
- Permitting Assistance
- Workforce Development
- Public/ Private Partnerships
- Real Estate Marketing
Once settled, we hope to have the opportunity to meet you and would love for you to help us spread the word about the great assets here. Our staff would be delighted to assist you with your expansion or relocation needs.”
– Garrett Wright, Vice President, BayEDA
Bay County’s Community Assets
- Two Pad Ready Sites Certified by McCallum Sweeney International Site Location Consultants
- The Only Certified Site with Rail Access at the Port’s Intermodal Distribution Center
- International Airport with a 10,000 foot Runway and
- Thousands of Acres for Development
- Strong Deep-Water Port
- Freight Rail & Interstate Connectivity
- Tier-One Research University Branch Campus
- Skilled Workforce Bolstered by Major Military Presence
- Advanced Technology Center
- No State Income Tax
- Right to Work State
For more information on the EDA, call (850)215-9965 or visit www.BayEDA.com.
|Tyndall Air Force Base||6,416|
|Naval Support Activity (NSA PC)||4,931|
|Bay District Schools||3,943|
|Bay Medical Sacred Heart||1,864|
|Goodwill Industries – Big Bend||800|
|Eastern Shipbuilding Group||746|
|Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center||690|
|Edgewater Beach & Gulf Resort||650|
|Bay County Government||636|
|City of Panama City||557|
|Bay County Sheriff’s Office||522|
|Berg Steel Pipe Corp.||405|
|Gulf Coast State College||400|
|Bay Haven Charter Academy||300|
|City of Panama City Beach||270|
|SWS Environmental Services||268|
|Tyndall Federal Credit Union||267|
|Life Management Center||250|
Looking to advance your career in Bay County or hire new employees? Look no further than CareerSource and Adecco, the two premier staffing and career development agencies in the area.
CareerSource Gulf Coast
625 Highway 231, Panama City, FL 32405
CareerSource Gulf Coast is part of the statewide CareerSource Florida network and offers partnerships and programs that are responsive to the community’s needs. In Bay County, the organization has multiple placement and training centers. Their main location, CareerSource Gulf Coast Job Center is considered the region’s one-stop center serving Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties. It offers innovative solutions to assist businesses succeeded in today’s competitive environment, while providing comprehensive services for job seekers to obtain or advance their careers. CareerSource Gulf Coast uses the Employ Florida Marketplace, the statewide delivery system for workforce services.
625 Highway 231, Panama City, FL 32405
Located inside CareerSource Gulf Coast, Adecco a Panama City staffing agency. Future employees can submit their resumes and trust this company to find the job that best matches their skills and needs. Adecco also helps by setting up interviews for their clients and offer tips to help advance their careers.
VentureCrossings Enterprise Center
VentureCrossings Enterprise Center in West Bay in Panama City Beach, Florida, offers a strategic location for those seeking to launch, expand or consolidate a business. Numerous real estate options exist—pad-ready sites, build to- suit construction, and thousands of acres of developable land — offering businesses flexibility and capacity to grow. The location allows for the potential for 24/7 operations and for transportation options via air, land or sea.
Anchored by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, major arterial highways and several Florida Gulf Coast military installations, this growing commercial hub can provide the connections and solutions for your expanding business. A premier location, affordable land, and a motivated workforce with numerous training and educational facilities nearby, create a nurturing environment for businesses.
The Bay Line Railroad
The Bay Line Railroad connects freight service throughout the continental U.S. linking to CSX’s 21,000- mile network while serving major population centers in 23 states east of the Mississippi and parts of Canada. It also connects to Norfolk Southern, linking 22 states and every major container port in the eastern U.S.
Port Panama City
Port Panama City is a growing, deep-water port located directly on St. Andrews Bay in Panama City with Free Trade Zone status. It has facilities for handling general and bulk cargo. Port Panama City’s location provides a Gulf Coast gateway to shippers and consignees in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Key commodities handled at the port include containerized cargo, forest products, copper, and steel. Bulk Cargos include wood pellets, aggregates, and molasses. The Port Authority is currently developing a new $55 million forest products terminal to accommodate ongoing growth of cargo activity. The Port also has industrial available at its 200 acre Intermodal Distribution Center located on Highway 231 (15 miles north of Panama City).
Transportation Highway Network
Bay County highways are complemented by U.S. Highways 98 and 231, and Florida Routes 20, 22, 77 and 79. Interstate Highway 10 is located 13 miles from the northern portion of Bay County and 38 miles from the center of Panama City, linking Florida to California and intersecting with nine of the 10 north-south interstate highways.
U.S. Military Installations
U.S. Military Installations surround the region and provide a stabilizing economic influence on the area. Naval Support Activity Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County, along with nearby Eglin Air Force Base, serve as a catalyst for attracting a strong cluster of research activity, defense contractors, aviation and aerospace related companies and suppliers.
Coast Guard Station Panama City
Coast Guard Station Panama City is located adjacent to Naval Support Activity Panama City in Panama City Beach, FL. It was later moved to Alligator Bayou located on the western shore of St. Andrews Bay in October 1971.
The main building is 14,000 square feet and is situated on 11 acres of land. The Station has two 45-foot Response Boat Medium Vessels, 25 and 29-foot Response Boat Small SAFE boats to carry out Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Maritime Law Enforcement and Environmental Protection missions. The Station’s area of responsibility extends 50 miles offshore and stretches along 168 miles of coastline from Lake Powell in the west to Rock Island in the east. This large area also incorporates the vigilant watch over 40 bayous, 18 rivers, 16 bays, three sounds, two lakes and 107.5 statute miles of Intracoastal Waterway. The Station is billeted for 30 active duty Coast Guard Personnel and 21 reservists. The Station is the call-out authority for three Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas. Coast Guard Station Panama City is the host command for five tenant commands which include: Coast Guard Cutters COHO and Seahawk, Aids to Navigation Team, Sector Field Office and the Electronic Support Detachment.
Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC)
The Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC) is the joint home of military diving for all services and allied nations combining the perfect blend of Research and Development, manned/unmanned Test and Evaluation and training future warfighters in the Expeditionary and Undersea Warfare areas. We provide the necessary day-to-day services such as utilities, lodging, food, law enforcement, first responders and force protection to our tenant commands.
Major tenants include Naval Surface Warfare Center-Panama City Division (NSWC-PCD), Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC), Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU), U.S. Coast Guard station Panama City. Together, NSA PC employs more than 4,000 civilian and military personnel with an annual payroll of more than $466 million. Additionally, the base contracts for local goods and services, which amounts to more than $600 million annually in economic impact.
NSA PC’s origins come from the mine countermeasures research conducted during World War II at the U.S. Naval Mine Warfare Test Station, Solomons, MD. In July 1945, mine countermeasure equipment, facilities and personnel were transferred from Maryland to NSA PC to occupy 373 acres.
The base underwent multiple name changes until it reorganized under Commander, Navy Installations Command in October 2003 and renamed Naval Support Activity Panama City, reporting to the Commander, Navy Region Southeast.
Throughout its existence, NSA Panama City has continued to evolve to meet the demanding requirements of the U.S. Navy – to defend today and to plan for tomorrow in response to national needs.
Recent Notable Unit Successes:
- Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for excellence in lodging management (NGIS) CY17
- FY17 Retention Excellence Award
- Seashore Galley Five-Star Rating 2018 (8th consecutive award)
- MWR Five-Star Accreditation Rating 2018 (4th consecutive award)
- 2018 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award
- 2018 Family Housing “A” List Award (11th consecutive award)
- FY18 SECNAV Energy Excellence Blue-Level Award
- Florida Department of Environment Protection Clean Marina Award (10th consecutive award)
For additional information on the missions and commands, please see the following video:
Tyndall Air Force Base (TAFB)
Tyndall Air Force Base (TABF) encompasses more than 29,000 acres in southeastern Bay County. Their host command, 325th Fighter Wing, is dedicated to their primary mission: “TRAIN AND PROJECT UNRIVALED COMBAT AIR POWER.” As one of the Air Combat Command’s largest installations, the wing trains F-22 pilots and maintainers, intelligence specialist, and airfield operations officers. The installation is also home to T-38 Talons, the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron (also known as the American Beagles), and 30 associate organizations, including Headquarters 1st Air Force, 601st Air Operations Center, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, and AFCEC.
Approximately 6,400 military, civilian and contract personnel are employed at Tyndall, making it the largest employer in Bay County. The base provides support facilities for more than 9,000 military retirees and has a local impact that exceeds $600 million.
After Hurricane Michael a number of important missions resumed at Tyndall AFB and others were shifted to other locations temporarily as it began its long-term recovery. On October 25, 2018, Vice President Mike Pence announced the President’s commitment to rebuild Tyndall AFB.