Business & Economy

UWF to provide expanded economic analysis to Santa Rosa County

The University of West Florida’s Office of Economic Development and Engagement has entered into an agreement to provide expanded economic data analysis for Santa Rosa County.

As part of the agreement, a researcher with the Haas Center, a research and consulting arm of UWF, will work on a weekly basis in the Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office.

“We’re delighted to codify our existing relationship with Santa Rosa County EDO and to be extending our partnership in ways that are both meaningful in nature and that grow the physical presence of the University of West Florida and the Haas Center in the region we serve,” said Dr. Brice Harris, assistant vice president for research and economic opportunity and acting director of the Haas Center. “Supporting economic growth and business vitality are central tenets that are shared by the Haas Center and the Santa Rosa County EDO. And as such, this agreement will only further each organization’s respective mission and enhance our individual and collective abilities to serve the public interest.”

According to Shannon Ogletree, Santa Rosa economic development director, site selection is based heavily on data analysis for the region and each request for information is a little different than the one before.

“This partnership will help enhance our proposals and information requests by providing the specialized data needed for companies and site selectors to choose Santa Rosa County for their next expansion,” Ogletree said. “We are proud to partner with an institution that is known throughout Florida as the premier source for data and information analysis.”

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