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Our Mission

To develop strategic economic growth opportunities that promote, enhance, and expand Department of Defense investments in our area.

Economic Impact Data

The Department of Defense is the largest economic engine in the Pensacola region, with more than $7.6 billion in total economic impact produced annually by a workforce of more than 60,000 active duty military, federal, and contractor employees.

West Florida Defense Alliance

In recognition of the tremendous economic value the military provides our community, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce has formally established the West Florida Defense Alliance (WFDA).

Housed within the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, WFDA will work closely with the Florida Defense Support Task Force, other regional Defense Alliances, and our local community to identify and execute military friendly initiatives to enhance the region’s military value and improve the quality of life of our service members, veterans, and military
retirees. WFDA will act as the liaison between local installations and the community, and will represent our region’s military interests at the state and federal levels.

For more information about WFDA, please contact Debi Graham at

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors


Virtual Baby Shower for Military Moms

By growthzone | March 31, 2020

The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Department of Military Affairs and Department of External Affairs are excited to be hosting a Virtual Baby Shower/“Shower in a Box” for our military moms in the Escambia and Santa Rosa County area in partnership with the leaders of NAS Pensacola Spouses Network. Due to the current events of…

2019 Annual Northwest Florida Defense Coalition DC Fly-In

The Greater Pensacola Chamber joins with representatives from its neighboring counties—Bay, Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa—to carry a regional message in support of the critical defense sector to our Congressional and Pentagon leaders by hosting the Annual Northwest Florida Defense Coalition Washington, DC Fly-In each spring.

Members of the 2019 DC Fly-in
Members of the 2019 DC Fly-in

Military Affairs Committee (MAC)

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) develops, implements and maintains initiatives and programs whose purpose is to enhance positive interaction between the community and the area military commands and personnel.  The MAC meetings are for members only.

The MAC has subcommittees which include the Underage Drinking Task Force, Command Sponsor Program and Military Appreciation Month.