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Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our 2016 Second Quarter Luncheon!  The presentations are now available to VIEW HERE.  Thank you to everyone who attended the Stakeholder Summit FCX Meeting on 6.23.16.  The presentation is now available to VIEW HERE.

"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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Co-work Space Comes to Clay
Co-work Space Comes to Clay
Dubbed the Fleming Island Conference Center, the virtual office will only be the starting point for Knight. If the trial run for the co-work space goes well during the first quarter, then he hopes to expand the operation into the vacant office next-door and transform it into a fully fleshed out headquarters for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. “We want to grow these businesses in Clay County so they stay in Clay County,” Knight said. “The goal of that is to help you grow your business to a point where you’ve passed a one-man shop, passed a first-tier business and onto a second-tier business. Our main goal is to get you up the ladder much faster.” Co-work spaces work because they give entrepreneurs all of the essentials for a successful small business – a desk, a coffee pot and the ability to network with other entrepreneurs without fear of direct competition. Co-work spaces are an outgrowth of the tech. industry where they have helped budding companies grow in such tech. hubs as Austin, Texas, San Francisco and Atlanta. Naturally, Knight wants to see his ...
Small Business Development Center - Clay County Impact
Small Business Development Center - Clay County Impact
High-visibility entrepreneurial support is one of the five strategies identified in our 5-year Strategic Plan, and Annie’s work is the key tactic in implementing that strategy. Doug Conkey and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce were diligent in pursuing the funding necessary to bring a full-time SBDC office to Clay, and we are pleased to be a part of that supporting team. If you have any questions, or know of new and growing businesses who can use the SBDC’s help, Annie Grogan can be contacted at 904.239.0722 or at a.grogan@unf.edu.
Auxadyne is Going to Transform the World, Let Alone Keystone Heights
Auxadyne is Going to Transform the World, Let Alone Keystone Heights
Florida Institute Funds Keystone Heights-based Auxadyne Read Full Article Here GAINESVILLE and BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with Auxadyne, a Keystone Heights-based company with technology developed at Florida State University. The Institute supports new company creation based on publicly-funded research, and bridges early funding gaps for companies spinning out of Florida-based universities and research institutions. Auxadyne is commercializing Xylafoam, a revolutionary auxetic polyurethane foam technology with initial applications in the athletic equipment and medical device markets, for products such as the socks worn by amputees to attach prosthetic devices. The foam forms a self-adjusting shape that allows for constant pressure in dynamic volumetric environments such as swelling and bending. "Conventional high impact resistance pads are hot, heavy, prone to cracking, shearing failures, and crease when bent causing pinch points," said Joe Condon, Auxadyne Chief Executive Officer. "Our mission is to apply our auxetic foam technology to make comfort, protection and performance synonymous in the products we support." "Auxadyne's advanced foam technology ...
Where Else Can You Still Find So Many Hard Working and Driven Employees?
Where Else Can You Still Find So Many Hard Working and Driven Employees?
Read Full Article Here OAKLEAF – The middle school brainchild of a doggy poop scooping business received a social media shout out Sunday from “Dirty Job’s” host Mike Rowe for finally proving “when it comes to [number two], somebody’s gotta be [number one].” Kyle Graham, 13, founder of Call of Doodie Pet Waste Removal, has received a huge amount of attention since Rowe posted the Facebook message Kyle wrote to him. Rowe even cited him as an inspiration. At press time, the post was had already reached 93,000 likes and more than 12,000 shares on Facebook. “He does dirty jobs and I think my job is pretty dirty, so it would make a lot of sense to talk to him,” Graham said. “Not a lot of people like doing jobs, but the money is there.” The description on Graham’s company website reads, “It is my sworn duty to help you win the war against your backyard doodie. Once a week our Special Forces will invade your yard and take out those dirty, stinking land mines that your best friend leaves behind,” which about ...
ST. VINCENT'S CLAY COUNTY EARNS NATIONAL CERTIFICATION
ST. VINCENT'S CLAY COUNTY EARNS NATIONAL CERTIFICATION
“This is a significant milestone for any hospital, especially for St. Vincent’s Clay County, which has only been open since 2013,” said James Machado, resident of St. Vincent’s Clay County. “This certification serves as an example to our community that we provide high-quality joint replacement care based on national standards and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.” Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas. ■ Compliance with consensus-based national standards. ■ Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care. ■ An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. “St. Vincent’s Clay County has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients undergoing knee and hip replacements,” said Wendi J. Roberts, a registered nurse and executive director of Certification Programs for The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Vincent’s Clay County for becoming a leader in knee and hip care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for these patients in its community,” Roberts said. As part of the certification process, St. Vincent’s ...
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