The recent global recession has put a spotlight on the role universities can play in the recovery and growth of the state's economy. The Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE) was created in order to maximize the effectiveness of the assets available within the University for economic engagement and to create and maximize synergy for the University. OEDE offers a unified vision and approach to UWF's participation in economic development initiatives.

OEDE Vision: 
To position OEDE as a model program for regional comprehensive universities engaged in economic development partnerships.

OEDE Mission: 
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.