Live, work, raise a family, prosper, enjoy! Bay County is all those things and much more. Bay County sits on the cusp of dramatic growth. Best known for having the “world’s most beautiful beaches”, Bay County is emerging as Florida’s next economic engine. The area is focused on aerospace, technology, manufacturing, distribution/logistics, retail and, of course, tourism development. Bay County is located in the heart of the Florida Panhandle and at the center of the southeast U.S. Gulf Coast. This growing area is also surrounded by seven military bases that stretch across northwest Florida and southeast Alabama. This stable military presence provides a strong defense and aerospace supplier sector that further enhances the economy. In addition, Bay County is home to one of the nation’s newest international airports centered in a commercial growth area just north of Panama City Beach.