"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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Camp Blanding Commander Speaks to Clay Leaders
Camp Blanding Commander Speaks to Clay Leaders
More information on Aviation and Defense in Clay here! “The economic value to Clay County Businesses is tremendous” said JJ Harris, ED President. We are proud of our partnership with Camp Blanding and what the future holds for years to come for our County. Colonel Frank Zenko assumed command of Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) in July 2018. CBJTC is a premier training venue providing resources to enhance joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multi-national training in support of the nation, state and local communities. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics for the Florida Army National Guard. COL Zenko was commissioned from Marion Military Institute in 1988 and joined the Florida Army National Guard in Tallahassee, FL while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University. His career commenced with the completion of Ordnance Officer Basic Course and subsequent assignment as a platoon leader in the 708th Maintenance Company, Quincy, FL.  
Jacksonville's Port Leads State in Container Traffic After Record Year
Jacksonville's Port Leads State in Container Traffic After Record Year
Read more about the First Coast Expressway and Clay's logistical advantages here.   Tenants at the Talleyrand, Dames Point and Blount Island terminals moved about 1.27 million cargo container units across the docks in the 2017-18 fiscal year, compared to just over 1 million in the prior year. “It’s tremendous growth,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council, which represents the state’s 15 seaports. “To be honest with you, this is a story that we’re hearing at pretty much all of our seaports right now.” In Jacksonville, the pursuit of cargo containers is the driving force behind the costly deepening of the St. Johns River so it can accommodate bigger vessels carrying containers from Asia. But for the 2018 fiscal year, the biggest gain in cargo was for the Puerto Rico trade route, whose ships do not need the river to be deeper than its current 40 feet. Tenants at JaxPort terminals shipped 737,157 container units on the Puerto Rico trade route, which was a 37-percent increase from the prior year, according to JaxPort. A portion of that gain comes ...
3 Reasons So Many People are Getting Out of the Northeast
Reason No. 1: The insanely high cost Data released by personal finance site GoBankingRates.com reveals that the No. 1 financial fear of people who live in the Northeast is that they will have to live in debt forever; the Northeast is the only region of the country that ranked this as No. 1. (The other regions put retirement as their No. 1.) And no wonder they’re worried. The cost of living across the region is among the highest in the nation, and three of the five most expensive states or districts in the country (New York, Washington D.C., Massachusetts) are in the area. (The other two states are Hawaii and California.) What's more, data released this month by SmartAsset on how much you would need to save to send two kids to college and retire by 65 found that the three cities where you'd need to save the most were all in the Northeast: New York, Washington D.C. and Boston. Reason No. 2: The horrendous weather We told you winter was coming to the North -- and it's so bad that many people are leaving the Northeast ...
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
Past trips resulted in U.K. companies entering into economic development agreements that brought 130 jobs to Jacksonville by the end of 2017, according to reports filed with the city’s Office of Economic Development. City Facilities Management FL, a subsidiary of City Refrigeration Holdings in Scotland, put its North American headquarters in Jacksonville, bringing 60 jobs at an average salary of $89,988 to the city, according to the company’s report to the city. London-based Resource Solutions, an international recruiting services firm, opened a Jacksonville office that created 70 jobs with an average wage of $46,393, according to the company’s report. The city also struck an economic development deal with Greencore USA, a food-preparation company whose global headquarters is in Ireland, aimed at adding 283 new jobs on top of 259 existing jobs at its processing center in Jacksonville. But through the end of 2017, the company reported no new jobs. Greencore said it is seeking to add customers for the Jacksonville center so the volume of orders increases. JAX Chamber also credits the London trip in 2013 with starting discussions that resulted in Deutsche ...
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