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The Haas Center

The Haas Center is the premier source for data services, industrial innovation, and workforce development support in Northwest Florida. We serve industry, government, non-profits, and academia in Northwest Florida.

The Haas Center remains one of Northwest Florida’s leading sources for data-driven solutions outlining industrial innovation and workforce development. We serve industry, government, non-profits, and academia seeking impactful findings. Our market research covers a variety of topics, including economic impact studies, consumer and visitor profiles, as well as research on talent gaps.

Our researchers and performance advisors collaborate to bring objective and reliable information to all customers. The Haas Center has a wide range of specializations, including industrial and mechanical engineering, economic impact modeling, and data services, the organization is prepared to assist with a variety of clients and projects.

The Haas Center’s economic impact studies have reached clients across the state and Southeastern United States. Intricate forecasting models in REMI and Implan are both services that the Haas Center provides to its clients. As the organization recognizes that each research question requires an individually tailored solution, the unique and intimate approach that our research team takes is sure to provide the most current and thoughtful analysis to fit the client’s needs. 



The Haas Center was founded in 1994 as the Center for Business Research and Economic Development (CBRED), originally a unit of UWF’s College of Business. It was originally funded by private sector partners - Gulf Power and the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce - and received support from the University of West Florida.

In 1996, Raymond M. Haas, a Pensacola philanthropist and community leader, pledged a quarter of a million dollars to the Haas Center to help it expand its capacity. Since that time, we have been known as the Haas Center.

During our nearly 25-year history, the Haas Center has expanded its outreach beyond the region with many statewide projects, national firms and federal agencies. As such, our organization is known as the “go-to” resource for applied research and expert insight. Our evolution means that our focus and expertise has largely shifted away from basic economic forecasting and indicators, and grown toward research into market surveying, impact analysis, policy research, data analytics, and thought leadership.


We rely on funded research  and donations to cover the cost of custom research products. Please consider investing in community research by partnering with the UWF Haas Center on grants and contracts or by donating to the Haas Center's UWF Foundation account. Choose "Haas Center" under the 'Select the Designation' drop-down menu.