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Bay County's workforce is characterized by high productivity and a strong work ethic. By the very nature of Bay County's economic base, the skilled workforce is at the very cutting edge of technological development. Three major highways, including Interstate 75 and U.S. 10, and four state highways, provide excellent road transportation to and from Bay County.

Bay County is committed to economic development and is proud to be the home of over 132 small and large manufacturers. Companies seeking a productive southeast location for new manufacturing facilities can gain a number of important operating advantages in Bay County because of economic and key plant location variables such as labor, transportation, markets, support services, business climate and life-style considerations.

Industrial park sites are readily available and conveniently located. The Hugh Nelson Industrial Park, Port Panama City, Lynn Haven Commerce Park and the Bay Industrial Parks, I & II feature complete utilities and offer easy access to Bay County’s excellent transportation network. Four-lane highways, rail, deepwater port (with a foreign trade zone status), numerous transportation companies to move goods into and out of Bay County utilize intra-coastal waterway and airport facilities. Raw materials and finished products can be easily moved to and from regional, national and worldwide markets. The Panama City/Bay County area is actively seeking new business and industry. The Bay County Economic Development Alliance serves as Bay County’s economic development coordinating agency and welcomes inquiries concerning new business ventures.

The Major employers of Bay County are as follows:

Tyndall Air Force Base Military
Bay County School Board Government
Coastal Systems Station Military
Bay Medical Center Medical Facility
Walmart Super Stores Department/Retail
Sallie Mae Student Loan Processing
Gulf Coast Medical Center Medical Facility
The Trane Company Air Conditioning
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation Kraft Linerboard
City of Panama City Government
People's First Community Bank Banking
Bay County Constitutional Offices Government
Paradise Found Hilton Companies Hotel Resort
Bay County Board of Commissioners Government
Nextel Partners Customer Care
Eastern Shipbuilding Industrial Fabrication
Gulf Coast Community College Education
U.S. Postal Service Postal Service
Boardwalk Beach Resort Resort
C & C Manufacturing Fiberglass Boats


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