Economic yearbook 2011
Northwest - Yearbook
Escambia County entered 2011 in recovery mode from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the recession. There are promising signs: A new, $316-million wastewater treatment plant now operates far from the waterfront, and new leaders are in place for the city, county and chamber of commerce.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA GOALS
Work together to bring more businesses to Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
Increase energy efficiency in the county's buildings and vehicle fleet.
Settle with BP and make sure the region's beaches are clean.
|MSA||DEC. 2010||DEC 2009||% Change||Jobless Rate|
|Fort Walton/ Crestview/ Destin||88,935||88,382||+0.6%||8.3%|
|Panama City/ Lynn Haven/ Panama City Beach||79,877||78,739||+1.4%||11.6%|
|Pensacola/ Ferry Pass/ Brent||189,667||188,066||+0.9%||10.7%|
|Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation
|Homes Single-family, existing-home sales by Realtors|
|MSA||Jan. 2011 Sales||1-Year Change||Jan. 2011 Price||1-Year Change|
|Fort Walton Beach||194||+36%||$173,300||-14%|
|Source: Florida Realtors|
|Escambia Population: 308,486|
|Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 0.48%|
|Population by Age:|
|Per Capita Income: $35,008|
Pensacola: County, city and civilian leaders made two giant steps to take back their downtown waterfront. The removal of the 73-year-old county sewage treatment plant from its downtown site cleared the way for business and community development, led by the start of construction on the long-delayed $52-million Community Maritime Park (which Mayor Ashton Hayward overlooks, above). The 30-acre park will provide a stadium for a Double-A baseball team, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, starting in April 2012, and will also contain an amphitheater, public marina, waterfront park, plus space for on-site commercial development. [Photo: BPM]