The Haas Center is the premier data resource for industry, government, non-profits and academia in Northwest Florida. We offer expert services in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of evidence-based intelligence products and services. Our data is designed to inform strategic decision-making processes, enhance operational effectiveness, and improve tactical performance.
Our services and tools are tailored to the individual needs of each client, recognizing that their research questions, goals and problems are unique and multi-dimensional.
The Haas Center was founded in 1994 as the Center for Business Research and Economic Development (CBRED), originally a unit of UWF’s College of Business. It was originally funded by private sector partners - Gulf Power and the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce - and received support from the University of West Florida.
In 1996, Raymond M. Haas, a Pensacola philanthropist and community leader, pledged a quarter of a million dollars to the Haas Center to help it expand its capacity. Since that time, we have been known as the Haas Center.
During our nearly 25-year history, the Haas Center has expanded its outreach beyond the region with many statewide projects, national firms and federal agencies. As such, our organization is known as the “go-to” resource for applied research and expert insight. Our evolution means that our focus and expertise has largely shifted away from basic economic forecasting and indicators, and grown toward research into market surveying, impact analysis, policy research, data analytics, and thought leadership.