"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.

"I truly believe that our relationship with Clay EDC is one of the major reasons for our rapid ascension into the political and civic conversation in Clay.  I encourage anyone interested in getting engaged in the county on a deeper level to become a sponsor. " 

Terrance Freeman  

Regional Director, Ygrene Energy Fund

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Incubating a Startup Scene: Creating a Vibrant Atmosphere for Tech and Biotech Firms to Grow in Jacksonville
Making the ecosystem PS27, UNF and Mayo together could upend Jacksonville startups’ nemesis: a lack of capital. Last year, Jacksonville ranked 40th out of American City Business Journal’s 44 markets in the amount of venture capital raised by local companies. The lack of investing in Jacksonville caught the eye of Kevin Kennedy, principal of corporate development and strategic investments at GuideWell. Kennedy was formerly vice president of acquisitions at Ponte Vedra-based Levco Group and corporate strategy manager at Acosta before taking opportunities outside of Jacksonville. “When I moved back, I noticed that Northeast Florida had not participated in the capital markets growth that other markets had enjoyed,” said Kennedy. “We don’t have a solid capital infrastructure here for entrepreneurs.” Consequently, local startups either tend to take on debt or bootstrap their companies with miniscule operating budgets, Kennedy said. Until recently, this has been an issue that was largely ignored here, Kennedy believes. “Jacksonville’s approach has been to throw seeds out on the ground and see what grows,” he said. “But for something to grow, the soil has to be right, the temperature has to be ...
Jacksonville Leaders Say London Trip Will Score Economic Results
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Jax Council Passes Major Economic Incentive Packages for Downtown, Industrial Development
Jax Council Passes Major Economic Incentive Packages for Downtown, Industrial Development
Four major economic development projects passed final legislative hurdles at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Two of those - Project Glass and Project Empire - could be the deciding factor in whether two companies decide to open distribution centers in west Jacksonville. The other two - the Jones Brothers Furniture Building and an eight-story apartment complex planned on the Southbank - could bring dozens of new residents downtown. All four projects passed unanimously, with the exception of incentives for the downtown projects, which did not receive the approval of Council Member Garrett Dennis. Here's the run-down on what these projects entail: Project Glass In legislation, the company behind this project is described as a home improvement goods manufacturer looking to open a location in the Southeast where it can manufacture and distribute products. The company does not yet have a manufacturing facility on the East Coast and is considering leasing 70,000 square feet in a northwest Jacksonville facility. Through the Qualified Targeted Industry Tax Refund program, the company received a city and state-funded incentives package that would give the company $5,000 per each job it creates, up to ...
Manufacturing Facility Picks Jaxport Over Port Tampa Bay
Manufacturing Facility Picks Jaxport Over Port Tampa Bay
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Clay County Home to Top Ranking ZIP Codes
Clay County is proud to have 5 of the top 18 ranking ZIP codes for year-over-year growth in average single-family homes in Northeast Florida.   Construction of the First Coast Express is fueling this increase.  Clay County population growth projections are by-far the largest in the region for the next 10 to 15 years.  Concurrently, 77% of Clay County residents commute into neighboring counties to work.   Clay County is home to the second highest wage earners in the region. To learn more about business opportunities in Clay County, Florida, call 904.375.9394.    
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