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Economic Development

Santa Rosa County, where Gulf Breeze is one of the larger communities, is geographically unique in that it has two distinct business cultures governed by one overseeing economic development vision. The rural northern part of the county is industrial and agricultural and maintains a strong small business atmosphere. Gulf Breeze and Navarre, in the southern part of the county, which are close to the beaches, have developed into strong small business communities with an emphasis on the service and tourism industries and nationally recognized medical facilities as well as larger technology- based industries. Santa Rosa County is strategically placed in Florida’s aerospace and defense corridor which includes Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton (Santa Rosa County), Naval Air Station, Pensacola (Escambia County), Hurlburt and Eglin Air Force Base (Okaloosa County) and Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, FL (Bay County). With certified sites, modern infrastructure and a trained, educated and experienced workforce, Santa Rosa County offers industries an opportunity to maximize their ROI in a community dedicated to providing the best to residents and businesses. From our expanding tourism, vibrant farming community, growing industrial presence, our strong military ties, to our top-notch schools, it is no surprise that Santa Rosa County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber is part of a collaborative support network that works to compliment the activities of the County’s Office of Economic Development. Our chamber has excellent networking relationships with local governments, neighboring chambers and regional economic development programs such as Florida’s Great Northwest and First Place Partners.