WIRED: Northwest Florida overview December 13, 2006Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, WIRED, Workforce.
The Gulf Breeze News offers a concise overview of the 16-county, “Great Northwest” Florida WIRED project. While not revealing anything particularly new, the article did a good job touching the high points. I especially liked their program options and target industry listing:
The WIRED initiative for Northwest Florida includes:
- Entrepreneurship development designed to enable qualifying start-up companies to secure seed capital.
- Grants enabling job training for new and existing businesses in the target industries.
- Secondary education academy development for entrylevel employment in selected industries or accelerated college preparation in the subject areas of math and science.
- Outreach programs to educate and attract students of all ages into training programs to meet workforce demands.
- Strategic development component designed to ensure workforce development programs are developing skills necessary to meet current and future target industry needs.
The target industries as defined by the state are:
- Aerospace and defense
- Medical device manufacturing, biotechnology and health services where 70 percent of the company’s revenue is generated by sales outside of the Northwest Florida region.
- Information technology, software development and Electronics engineering.
- Construction materials manufacturing
- Distribution activities that support the target industries.