Business Brief

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Every week, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talks with business analyst John Burr about the latest business trends affecting the First Coast. 

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Nearly every hospital chain in Northeast Florida has expanded or built new facilities in the past 10 years.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo what factors are behind the healthcare boom. 

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Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private economic development agency, has introduced a new $10 million global advertising campaign that declares, "Florida: The Future is Here."

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Protecting themselves from hackers is becoming a big priority for Northeast Florida companies.

In this “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo evolving threats are changing the way companies protect their customers’ privacy.


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More and more North Florida students are getting into competitive robot making. It’s a hobby that has exploded in popularity among middle- and high-schoolers, who are joining robotics clubs after class.


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The historic Elks building in downtown Jacksonville just sold for 4.5 million dollars.

In this week’s "Business Brief," WJCT analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo why investors are starting to take notice of the city’s urban core.


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A Florida group that connects investors with startup companies is venturing into Jacksonville. It’s an Orlando-based network called the Florida Angel Nexus, and its members spoke with potential investors at the University of North Florida last week.


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A rapid bus route in Jacksonville is reducing commute times for people going downtown since late last year.

The Northside First Coast Flyer route was the first to be completed of four planned routes—each one connecting a corner of Duval County to the urban core.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo the Jacksonville Transportation Authority project could give the town an economic boost. 

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As 2015 comes to a close, economists are looking ahead and trying their best to guess what market forces will do in 2016.

In the last “Business Brief” of the year, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the year ahead will probably start with a whimper—but it could end with a bang. 


Business Brief: Interest Rate Hike Good For Business

Dec 21, 2015
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The Fed raised interest rates last week after six years of historically low rates.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo what that means for people on the First Coast. 

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Jacksonville business recruiters are seeing success after a recent mission to London.

A British recruiting firm is expected to expand into the First Coast area as soon as spring.

Google announced last month it’s exploring bringing its high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, to Jacksonville.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo why the Northeast Florida business community is rooting for the deal to go through. 

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Northeast Florida’s restaurant scene is heating up, with a new eatery’s being announced seemingly every day.

The latest addition is a "modern Italian" restaurant called Il Desco opening Thursday, Nov. 12, in Riverside in the space that used to be Pele's pizza joint.


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The U.S. stock market has been volatile lately, and that’s causing some investors to become skittish.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo how one First Coast wealth manager, Riverplace Capital Management's Peter Bower, is helping calm their fears. 

Business Brief: Riverside Transformation Picks Up Pace

Sep 21, 2015
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Big changes are coming to Jacksonville’s Five Points area. Among them, the antiques mall Fans & Stoves is being forced to relocate because a Miami developer bought its building.

Business analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the quirky neighborhood began its commercial transformation more than a decade ago when a Publix supermarket opened next to Memorial Park—and today the rapid changes are making some long-time tenants nervous.

Last week, Florida Lieutenant Governor — and Senate hopeful — Carlos Lopez-Cantera stopped in Jacksonville. The only meeting on his schedule that day was at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the meeting is just one example of how the Jax Chamber is getting more involved in politics.

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