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The presentation from the Q1 2017 Clay EDC Luncheon is now available to VIEW HERE.  We sincerely thank those who support the work of Clay EDC!  Event photos are 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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Clay Officials Tackle Tallahassee
Clay Officials Tackle Tallahassee
While meeting face-to-face with lawmakers Sen. Aaron Bean(R-Amelia Island) and Senate President Joe Negron(R-Palm City), Clay Day attendees expressed their interests regarding one issue likely to come up during this year’s session: continuation of the First Coast Expressway. “We don’t have an interstate in Clay County,” said Clay County Commissioner Diane Hutchings, “and we are on board with the toll concept.”  Another subject on the minds of Clay County’s leaders was the continuation of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, both of which were recently killed and cut, respectively, by legislators. Both Senators were quick to respond and explain their position on the issues, affirming that they would do their best to advocate in favor of Clay County residents and keep in mind the opinions of local chamber board members and city government officials. After their orientation, the group moved outside to the Capitol’s courtyard area between the new and old capitol buildings. In the courtyard, a variety of booths displayed information about all the major communities in Clay County, in addition to booths from Clay Electric Co-Op, Vac-Con Inc. (who brought ...
Growing Pains Good Problem for Clay County
Growing Pains Good Problem for Clay County
Closer to home, Clay County is also growing rapidly.  In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau population for Clay was 191,000.  The 2015 estimate is 204,000, a 5-year growth rate of 6.9 percent.  The average growth rate for all Florida counties from 2010-2015 is 4.6 percent, making Clay's growth rate 50 percent higher than the state average.  Population projections by the University of Florida predict Clay's population will hit 250,000 by 2025, and will exceed 300,000 by 2040.  High-end projections show Clay's population could exceed 300,000 a decade sooner in 2030. A growing population creates both advantages and challenges for citizens and local governments alike.  More people means a larger economy as the larger population buys more goods, products and services.  This leads to more job opportunities as companies grow to meet the increase in demand, and new companies are created to take advantage of the growing economy.  But all of this growth also brings challenges as well. A growing population demands more services.  Especially in the short-term, transportation infrastructure and educational resources are strained from the rapidly growing population.  More people ...
Clay's Phenomenal Quality of Life Continues to Attract Larger Share of Floridians
Clay's Phenomenal Quality of Life Continues to Attract Larger Share of Floridians
Click here to view News4Jax - 'Growth Surge in St. Johns County Affects Everyone'   - This piece provides an excellent overview of the current growth in St. Johns/NEFL, and what is facing Clay County. As the First Coast Expressway begins construction in 2019, residential growth will likely increase and put even more pressure on Clay’s local road network. Ways to pay the price tag for improving traffic As expected, traffic has been impacted by residential and business growth and highway improvements and additions are underway. One example is State Route 9B -- connecting I-95 to I-295. Another example is in St. Augustine. Commissioners have invested more than a million dollars so far to improve Woodlawn Road. "Residential growth, in particular, brings an elevated level of demand on our infrastructure, our roads, our fire rescue department or Parks and Recreation, and so in St. Johns County, we continually struggle with the revenue question, and we will continue to do that for the next couple of years," explained Ryan. Right now, it takes between $12 million and $14 million each year for road maintenance. To expand roads, the ...
Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage
Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage
Learn more about education and workforce development in Clay here. Nationwide, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.  Locally, Clay County has 35 different programs of study in 14 career cluster areas.  124 CTE teachers serve 15,000 high school and junior high students.  Last school year, Clay County students earned 1,775 nationally-recognized industry certifications from organizations such as Adobe, Microsoft, AutoCAD, CISCO, Comp TIA and more!  CTE students have dual enrollment opportunities in business, finance, and early childhood education and they can participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) such as FBLA, FCCLA, TSA, FFA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA where they can develop leadership ...
Budding Theatre Company Vying to Purchase Idle Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs
Budding Theatre Company Vying to Purchase Idle Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs
“I was involved very much in theatre when I lived in New York City, and I sort of missed that arts community when I moved back,” Smith said. “I could find it in Jacksonville, but that’s a long way to go for rehearsals, so it was to rebuild that kind of community that I was missing.” Once she realized the Clay Theatre was currently unoccupied, she said that became a big part of the goal. She can’t easily host local shows, rehearsals and other productions without a venue. So the goal morphed from ‘how to start a theatre company’ to ‘how to raise $350,000 from scratch.’  On Jan. 21, she raised $500 from her participation in the Orange Park innovation festival Pitch in the Park, where she won second place for her idea. Smith hasn’t attempted to officially raise funds yet because she’s still filing paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service to officially register her company as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, but said the support she’s received already has been encouraging to say the least. She said when she tells people she ...
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