A University of West Florida Outreach Office

Serving Northwest Florida since 2011

The 8 disproportionately affected counties
OEDE Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) service area

The Sixth Wave

Regional economic development efforts come in waves. As a metaphor, the wave describes the strategies and used by economic developer to build economic value. Each wave has the ultimate goal of building the local economy.

So far researchers have defined five waves of economic development efforts.  But what will be the Sixth Wave?


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Innovation Coast Awards

Open to businesses and entrepreneurs across the Southeast, the Innovation Awards showcase semifinalists and finalists in an event that will enable them to present their business cases to venture capitalists, angel investors and financiers. The last awards were held on April 12-13, 2017.

Innovation Coast

GeoData Center

The Center maintains a comprehensive campus-wide Geographic Information System including a 32 workstation laboratory, field data collection equipment, and web and database servers configured to run GIS applications

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