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As we know, Jacksonville will not be home to Amazon’s headquarters, after city leaders found out last month their pitch to the company did not land a spot on its top-20 list of contenders.

In this week’s Business Brief, Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo that Jacksonville could learn something from the unexpected cities that did make the list.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT business analyst John Burr and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan. 

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Amazon has narrowed its list to 20 cities after reviewing 238 proposals for its future second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. Jacksonville didn't make the cut.

Via Mayor Lenny Curry's Office / Haskell and Yves Rathle: studio YVES inc

Thursday afternoon Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s office released the city’s video pitch to bring Amazon’s second headquarters location to Jacksonville. Amazon's first headquarters is in Seattle. 

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Amazon announced Wednesday it’s rolling out a new service in Jacksonville and 36 other cities on November 8 that will allow homeowners to give Amazon couriers access to their homes to drop off packages inside.


Amazon’s employment footprint in Jacksonville is about to get larger - at least for a while - as the online retail giant announces a big hiring push for seasonal workers in time for holiday shoppers.

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record, blogger Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G.
Gancarski and WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride (01:18).

Ahead of his appearance January 1 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, we spoke with artist and punk rock legend Henry Rollins (29:42).  

We heard about the upcoming showing of the documentary of women entrepreneurs “She Started It!” with Karen Harding from Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Women’s Leadership Initiative TriciaRae Stancato from the Girls Scouts of Gateway Council (36:59) also joined us.    

We were told about the upcoming performance of “‘Evil Dead: The Musical” at the 5 & Dime Theatre. (44:00). 

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The online retail giant Amazon is planning to open a second North American headquarters and Mayor Lenny Curry wants it to be in Jacksonville.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk and Kevin Meerschaert (01:11). The Humana Foundation’s Laura Nolan and University of Florida professor and endowed chairwoman in Health Disparities Research Carolyn Tucker (38:20) discussed the foundation’s recent $444,000 donation to four Jacksonville nonprofit organizations. Finally, Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen and Wayne Bailey (46:22) with The River City Chorus talked about the “Sing a New Song”   concert series to benefit Rethreaded.    

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Amazon is holding several hiring events as the company looks to add thousands of employees in Jacksonville to staff two distribution centers: one near the International Airport and another near Cecil Airport on the Westside.

Amazon’s decision to open two fulfillment centers, a delivery station and a warehouse in Jacksonville means 4,000 jobs need to be filled.

 It’s the little things in life that matter the most, like sno-cones. That’s what local author Abby Vega talks about in her memoir “Sno-Cone Diaries: A Sweet Route to Happiness.”

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” it was our final episode of 2016 with the annual year in review Media Roundtable with guest host Ryan Benk. Our panel included A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke with Harvard School of Public Health researcher Steve Gortmaker about the financial incentives Jacksonville could receive by passing a tax on sugary drinks. 


Online retail giant Amazon is planning to build two Jacksonville distribution centers — with the latest slated to go near the Cecil Commerce Center on the city’s Westside.

It’s the latest example of industrial development’s booming at the site of the former Navy base.

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With the holidays around the corner, Amazon customers can take advantage of Amazon Locker service available to ensure protection against package theft.