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"I choose Clay County to locate my high-tech company because the labor pool, which traditionally would commute an hour was readily available minutes away from our office. The move raised all of our employees quality of living and happiness, allowing me to recruit top talent and keep them."

Brian Knight
Co-Founder, Pragmatic Works

 

"I truly appreciate the effort you have put in to move this along!  In my 26 years in the development business, I have rarely received this type of support!"

Kent Gregory
MGB Development Group

 

"Clay EDC has proven to be a vital resource for Calavo's expansion into the southeast U.S.  Assisting in early-stage due diligence thru the move-in and operational start-up of our Green Cove Springs facility, Clay EDC has been a go-to source for information, contacts and relevant solutions to often complex issues."

Mike Browne
Vice President, Calavo Growers Inc.

"For any business - what could be better than 60,000 people of all skills eager to work closer to home.
Clay County has that and a high quality of life in a safe environment to raise a family.  With great schools added it's a 'no brainer' for me."
 Jerry Agresti
CEO and Founder, Developers Realty Group
"Clay County is uniquely positioned for the distribution of our marine products.  We have effectively extended our reach, decreased our freight transit times and lowered both inbound and outbound freight costs.  Lower expenses, business friendly and first class port access have combined to deliver us to the next level."

Edward Gaw
President, Hi-Liner Fishing Equipment & Tackle, Inc.

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Yelp Ranks Jacksonville No.2 for Business Opportunity
  The report’s data editor, Carl Bialik, said now that the first report has been released, “it’s time to start dialing down to each of these cities,” since the rankings lack a level of specificity.  “It’s hard to get too specific beyond what we’ve released so far,” said Bialik when asked about Jacksonville.  “What we do know about Jacksonville is that the Riverside neighborhood seems to be the most improved area for new businesses to locate to,” he said.  Bialik said Jacksonville scored high in most of the top 10 business categories Yelp used in the rankings, primarily the food and medical categories.  The categories were restaurants, nightlife, beauty and spas, event planning and services, health and medical, automotive, food, shopping, home services and active life businesses. He said Jacksonville outranked other Florida cities, “mainly because we found that rent was more affordable.”  “However, the gap between Jacksonville at No. 2 and Orlando at No. 4 is not very wide at all,” Bialik said.  He said Florida cities are more competitive because there’s no state income tax. Like other cities on the list, the data ...
Amazon and Partners Give $50,000 to STEM Education in Clay County
Amazon and Partners Give $50,000 to STEM Education in Clay County
"It's important for us because it's where our employees live and work," Schmidt said. Schmidt noted that STEM skills are important at his fulfillment center, which utilizes more than 20 miles of conveyor belts as well as Amazon Robotics. "The robotics that the kids will be working with fits very well with our profile," he said. STEM2Hub told the gathering, which met at the Clay County STEM office, that STEM education is critical for preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet. Mary Chance, president of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations which works to get state matching funds, was excited that Amazon's funds were match eligible. "Matching funds are flexible but accountable," Chance told the Business Journal. "It's a great way to leverage private dollars." Florida is the only state in the country to set aside matching funds in its annual budget, Chance said. In the Jacksonville area last year, Duval County received nearly $160,000; St. Johns County received more than $55,000; Nassau County received almost $24,000; and Clay County received almost $53,000 in state matched funding, according to Chance.
Senior Living Apartments Coming to Middleburg
Senior Living Apartments Coming to Middleburg
The units will have both one and two bedrooms, a living and dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. An amenity package will include an activity room, library, fitness center, outdoor garden, pavillion and dog park, according to the Jacksonville-based general contractor. The architect on the project is Group 4 Design Inc., and the developer is listed as Cassie Gardens LTD. Construction started in October 2017 with an estimated completion some time in fall 2018. More property details here.
Florida has the Country's Second-best Business Climate
Florida has the Country's Second-best Business Climate
Texas had held on to the top spot since 1999. For years. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has jokingly jabbed at a rivalry with fellow Republican-controlled Texas as an arch-rival, pointing out whenever the Sunshine State boasted superiority in job creation or luring companies here. Florida took second place with 22 percent of the respondents naming it as the state with having the most favorable business climate. In 2014, Florida bumped North Carolina out of the No. 2 spot. According to the survey, respondents keen on Florida's favorable business climate mentioned the state's pro-business environment, favorable tax climate and its strategic location. This year, for the first time, the survey also includes findings about how the current political climate affects business perceptions. A majority of executives surveyed, 57 percent, reported that the Trump presidency hasn't impacted their investment plans and 33 percent said they were more likely to explore domestic expansion.
Should Power Lines Go Underground?
Should Power Lines Go Underground?
WHERE SHOULD RATEPAYER MONEY GO? Electric utilities do not provide service for free, as everyone who opens their utility bill every month can attest. All of the costs of providing service are ultimately paid by the utility’s customers, so it is critical that every dollar spent on that service provides good value for those customers. Utility regulators in every state have the responsibility to ensure that utilities provide safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates. But what are customers willing to pay for ensuring reliability and mitigating risk? That’s complicated. Consider consumer choices in automobile insurance. Some consumers choose maximum insurance coverage through a zero deductible. Others blanch at the higher premiums zero deductibles bring and choose a higher deductible at lower premium cost. The damage from Hurricane Irma on the Florida Keys was extensive. Putting power lines underground will make electricity service more resilient to wind damage but also make flooding a bigger concern.AP Photo/David Goldman To provide insurance for electricity service, regulators and utilities must aggregate the preferences of individual customers into a single standard for the grid. It’s ...
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