September 27, 2020


Northwest Florida - Brimming with Possibilities

Florida's Northwest grows new business on solid military, aviation and tourism roots

Charlotte Crane | 10/1/2007

Tallahassee/ Leon County

Streamlining Patient Care

An innovative Tallahassee company operated by medical and technology leaders, Avocare has developed the Automated Medication Dispenser, a robotic vault the size of a vending machine that makes prescription-filling quicker and easier. The company also operates the Regional Health Information Network, enabling healthcare providers to conveniently share patient data. “Florida is among leaders in the nation in interest in disseminating healthcare information,” says Vice President of Operations Zach Finn. “By being in Florida, we were able to pursue that avenue.’’

A Research Powerhouse

The largest provider of higher education in the region, Florida State University offers programs to 40,000 students. FSU also houses exceptional research facilities that include the Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials, the Center for Biomedical and Toxicological Research, the Center for Nanomagnetics and Biotechnology and the Institute for Molecular Biophysics. In the “Milken Institute’s Mind to Market: A Global Analysis of University Biotechnology Transfer and Commercialization,” FSU ranked 1st in the nation for licensing income per $million in research expenditures.

In the News

Florida’s capital city often makes headlines, but instead of politics, today’s news is focused on innovative “green power” developments, recognition as a top business destination and growing manufacturing sectors.

  • Biomass Gas & Electric Company plans construction of a $90-million plant to convert wood waste to electricity and a natural gas substitute, making Tallahassee the first U.S. municipality to generate electricity using advanced gasification biomass technology.
  • Tallahassee was named one of “America’s 50 Hottest Cities” for business relocation and expansion by Expansion Management magazine.
  • Flightline Group broke ground recently for a new, 24,000-square-foot aviation technical service center at its corporate headquarters at Tallahassee Regional Airport. Flightline is a regional distributor for Piper aircraft and recently was awarded a 23-state HondaJet dealership.

Franklin & Liberty County

Staying Green

Franklin County’s city of Carrabelle is partnering with developer Lawton “Bud’’ Chiles of Tallahassee and New Hampshire manufacturer Tony Attalla to launch an innovative factory aimed at manufacturing affordable, environmentally friendly and hurricane-proof housing for Gulf Coast residents. At peak production, GreenSteel Homes will provide some 350 jobs.

Liberty County, Florida’s smallest county by population, is also one of its fastest-growing, mainly due to new residents opting for a rural environment and the pristine beauty of the Apalachicola National Forest.

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