The current global recession has put a spotlight on the role universities can play in the recovery and growth of the state's economy. UWF is fortunate to have two unique assets in economic and business development. We are host to the only statewide network and statewide center for job creation, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN), with 35 outreach centers across the state. We also house the Haas Center that currently plays a strong role in providing economic research and data to our region and the state.
The new Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE) was created in order to maximize the effectiveness of the FSBDCN and the Haas Center and create synergy for the University. It will offer a unified vision and approach to UWF's participation in economic development initiatives.
To position OEDE as a model program for regional comprehensive universities engaged in economic development partnerships.
To enable and assist sustainable private sector growth, regional economic development, and coordinate UWF's economic outreach to meet the current and emerging needs of the Northwest Florida economy.