Office of Economic Development and Engagement


A University of West Florida outreach office

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

Our Office

The Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE) was created in January 2011 to enable UWF to play a more significant role in economic development and job growth in Northwest Florida.The OEDE serves as the interface between the community and the university on matters directed at improving regional planning,  partnerships, and research endeavors. 


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Free simple requests including general demographics, ring studies, traffic counts, unemployment statistics, retail sales, etc.

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Innovation Coast Awards

Open to businesses and entrepreneurs across the Southeast, the 2014 Innovation Awards will showcase 10 semifinalists and 10 finalists in an event that will enable them to present their business cases to venture capitalists, angel investors and financiers

Innovation Coast

Economic Report

Listen each week to Dr. Rick Harper as he reports on the regions economy on WUWF

Economic Report
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Information for the region

Top News

12/15/2014Northwest Florida counties trail state in payday loan generation

9/25/2014 - Florida SBDC, Florida First Capital Execute MOU

8/20/2014 - PNJ  Dr. Rick Harper joins Studer Institute

5/29/2014 – Area Development Online Leading metro locations ranked

10/2/13 - NWF Daily News How long can Florida weather federal government shutdown

9/30/13 - PNJ At Gulf Power Symposium, good economic news from Gov. Rick Scott 

6/11/13 - NWF Daily News Nearly $20 million allocated, set aside to help region rebound from oil spill