Business Brief

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Every week, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talks with Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis about the latest business and development trends affecting the First Coast. 

River Club dining room decorated for a wedding
Gate Hospitality

The University Club on Jacksonville’s Southbank is closing this month after nearly 50 years of offering its members full-service dining with a spectacular skyline view.


John Burr

One of the most successful businesses based in Jacksonville doesn’t do any business in Jacksonville —or even the U.S.

This is the story of APR Energy.

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Lis Ferla via Flickr

With the holiday shopping season already underway, internet hackers and scammers are expected to be busy, too.

Listen to this story on Redux

Klempf at egg plant
John Burr

Jacques Klempf has made a name for himself in the Jacksonville restaurant business. From Bistro Aix to Il Desco, his eateries are destinations where people go to celebrate. This week,  Klempf talked to WJCT about selling his family’s other business, the Dixie Egg Co.


GE

General Electric employs more than 400 full-time workers at its oil- and gas-drilling services plant on Jacksonville’s Westside.

General Electric shook up the financial world last week with its takeover of a Texas-based oil- and gas company called Baker Hughes, creating a combined company with annual revenue of $32 billion and 70,000 employees.

"Let's Bring Super Fast Internet To" sign
Google Fiber

Last week, Google parent company Alphabet made it official: It’s suspending the expansion of its super-high-speed Google Fiber internet into Jacksonville and 10 other cities.

trees down in Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Many Northeast Florida residents are making calls to their insurance companies after Hurricane Matthew. WJCT Business Analyst John Burr spoke to one local agent about how big storms affect the industry. He tells News Director Jessica Palombo about it in this week’s Business Brief.


Yellow Cab Boulder's new zTrip car
Yellow Cab Boulder

Jacksonville taxi services are rebranding themselves and stepping up their tech game to compete with app-based Uber and Lyft.

The makeover is part of a backlash against what’s called the “sharing economy.”


building facade
Ebyabe

Jaguars owner Shad Khan recently took control of the historic Barnett Tower in downtown Jacksonville, ending a seven-year effort by developer Steve Adkins to renovate the building.

wawa sandwich
Wawa via Instagram

If you’ve been to a  Northeast Florida gas station convenience store lately, most likely it was large and well-lit, with lots of food and drink choices. Gate, RaceTrac and Daily’s are big players in the local market, and they’re about to get some stiff competition as Northeastern chain Wawa prepares to enter the Jacksonville area.

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Jim via Flickr

In the last WJCT “Business Brief,” we heard from the Northeast Florida Regional Council’s Brian Teeple about explosive commercial growth, particularly in St. Johns County.

This week, Teeple says that kind of growth requires a shift in the way we build places to live, work and shop.


architects' rendering of Durbin Park
Gate Petroleum

A giant shopping, office and residential development is coming to northern St. Johns County along I-95.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT business analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo, that’s one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.


John Burr

The big story in the tech world last week was the decision by Google to postpone the expansion of its high-speed fiber internet network in cities across the country, which includes Jacksonville.


John Burr

A Jacksonville native is now in charge of entrepreneurship for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

His name is Doug Rand, and he came back to his hometown last week to talk about business at Jacksonville University.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo how Rand views the River City’s business climate from Washington.

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EverBank building
John Burr

Jacksonville-based EverBank, the largest bank based in Florida, is being sold to a company called TIAA.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo the positives of the sale for Jacksonville should outweigh the negatives.

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