10 April Clay's Defense Sector Continues to Strengthen - Welcome Fleet Readiness Center Southeast! April 10, 2017 By Laura Pavlus Expansions and Relocations, News Economic Development, Defense sector, FRE SE, NAS Jacksonville 0 Clay Florida Economic Development Corporation is excited to announce more than 70 new high-wage jobs coming to Clay County this summer! Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) is consolidating several offices on and near NAS Jacksonville to a single location in Orange Park. FRCSE is moving into an 18,000 sq. ft. office building on Wells Road that has been vacant for the past several years. Adams Interiors, a Clay County-based commercial contractor since 1999, will be completing the interior renovations by August this year, and FRCSE will bring the building back to life. The average wage of these new Clay County jobs is $95,000/year, nearly three times the current average wage of jobs in Clay ($36,000). FRCSE is the largest industrial employer in Northeast Florida with 3,000 civilian personnel and 1,000 military personnel. From FRCSE’s website: “Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) is the largest tenant command aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fl., with several offsite locations. Established in 1940, the facilities at FRCSE have turned out almost every type of Navy aircraft - fighter and attack planes, patrol, antisubmarine, reconnaissance, transport, trainer, special configuration and helicopters. The overall workload for FRCSE has expanded to include the rework of engines, components, and ground support equipment, plus other support functions vital to the Fleet.” Clay EDC was initially introduced to FRCSE by Clay Chamber President, Doug Conkey, in the summer of 2016. Clay EDC worked with them for several months to find the right real estate option that fit their very specific criteria. Clay County’s economy will benefit greatly from this consolidation, especially restaurants and other retailers in the Wells Road area. Many of FRCSE employees are already Clay County residents, and their drive to work just got a lot easier. Initially the new FRCSE office will have 70 engineers and logisticians, but that number will quickly grow to nearly 100 high-wage employees. More about Clay's defense sector here! Related Orange Park Medical Center Opens Level II Trauma Center Orange Park Medical Center opened its long-sought trauma center after receiving provisional status from the Florida Department of Health. For now, it’s the second trauma center serving the Northeast Florida region of Clay, Duval, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns counties. UF Health Jacksonville has a Level I trauma center serving the region. Proposed Cecil Commerce Center Distribution Center Could Bring 1,200 More Jobs to the Region A proposed distribution center for Jacksonville’s Cecil Commerce Center would be the latest in a string of recent successes for the city (Jacksonville) as it develops land at the former naval air station. Clay EDC Awarded $89K as Gov. Scott Announces More Than $2.2M for Florida Defense Communities The Clay County Economic Development Corporation received an $89,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant to aggressively strengthen and diversify the non-defense economy while promoting the area’s military training operations at the Camp Blanding JTC and NAS Jacksonville. Clay's Phenomenal Quality of Life Continues to Attract Larger Share of Floridians The unparalleled quality of life afforded to those who choose Clay County to live, work, and play continues to attract a larger share of new residents than remaining counties in Florida. Jacksonville's Office Market Benefited from a Strengthening Economy as Job Creation Continued "With a growing population and a strengthening economy, both national and local businesses look to Jacksonville as a top-tier market for operations," said Colliers, which represented Gramercy Woods in the Aetna transaction. Amazon Confirms 2nd Jacksonville Fulfillment Center and 1K Additional Full-Time Jobs Amazon announced plans to open a second fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida today (Jan. 4, 2017). The facility will add more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits starting on day one. In the Sunshine State, Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 full-time employees. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.