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With record attendance and many more visitors expected at the 2014 One Spark festival over the weekend, One Spark board member and major investor Peter Rummell says the success of the start of this year's festival is just the beginning.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The state's largest insurer has a new president. Florida Blue announced this week that Dr. René Lerer has been appointed president.

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A Jacksonville developer has plans to turn the historic Barnett building in downtown Jacksonville into an innovation center which he believes will be a hub for the startup scene in the Southeastern United States.

The 18-story building will house the international headquarters for One Spark, an expanded Cowork Jacksonville and the business accelerator KYN, according to Steve Atkins, Managing Director of Southeast Development Group.

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According to a new report, Florida is a great place for investors to buy cash-flow rental properties.

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Sweet Pete's, a locally-owned candy shop in Jacksonville's Springfield neighborhood, will appear on the season finale of the CNBC reality show The Profit, which focuses on saving failing businesses.

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Jacksonville brewers are weighing in on a slate of bills being considered by state lawmakers, including a proposal that would require them buy their own beer back from distributors before offering it to customers.

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Switzerland-based Adecco is moving it’s North American headquarters to Jacksonville from New York State.

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The One Spark festival, which began in 2013 in Jacksonville, will expand to Berlin, Germany in the fall of this year organizers announced Thursday night.

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U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert told sailors at Mayport Naval Station Tuesday he understands their anxiety over military pay, health care and future deployments.

If you think craft beer is seemingly everywhere these days, there's good reason. From bars and restaurants to supermarket aisles, the selection of locally made, often quirkily named brews has grown at an exponential rate.

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Florida's unemployment rate for January 2014 was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in December.

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Governor Rick Scott was at JAXPORT on Monday promising funding for the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Project at the Dames Point Terminal. 

The facility will allow companies to transfer cargo quickly from ships to trains, saving transportation costs and reducing the number of trucks on the road. 

According to JAXPORT the $30 million project is expected to create 340 construction jobs and 800 direct and indirect jobs over the next 40 years.

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People involved in downtown’s startup economy often talk about building an ecosystem.


Jacksonville may be struggling to get locals to spend more time downtown, but it’s finding some success with small startup businesses.