John Burr

WJCT Business Analyst/ Co-host of "Business Brief"

WJCT Business Analyst John Burr is a veteran journalist who has been been directing news coverage and reporting in Jacksonville since 1983. He is currently also a news analyst for WJCT, where he can be heard regularly on the "First Coast Connect" media roundtable.

John is also the principal at Nighthawk Creatives, a media services company. Burr was editor-in-chief for the Jacksonville Business Journal, a post he held for seven years. He came to the Business Journal after reporting and editing for The Florida Times-Union, where he left as an assistant managing editor in 2008.

He is the winner of numerous journalism awards as a reporter, columnist and editor.

JEA power plant
JEA

JEA recently announced it will close a coal-fired power plant on Jacksonville’s Northside, which came online in the late 1980s. With the complex’s closure, about 200 people will lose their jobs.

The plant’s closure after nearly 30 years of service is not surprising in today’s energy climate. If you’ve been paying attention to the electric power generation business, coal fired power plants are closing all across the country.


John Burr

"Localnomics” is the idea that cities’ and businesses’ working together is the best way to solve long-simmering economic problems. The concept was discussed last week at a meeting of the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.


CSX train
Nate Beal / Wikimedia Commons

This week, the board of the Jacksonville-based CSX railroad will consider a company takeover.

CSX is the largest publicly owned company in town and North America’s third-largest railroad, valued at $43 billion. About 3,500 employees work for the company in Northeast Florida.


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Financial News and Daily Record

Jacksonville’s Financial News and Daily Record is under new ownership as of this month. It was the last Jacksonville newspaper owned by a local family.


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Bfi Bussiness Furniture via Flickr

Jacksonville’s Hidden Hills Country Club is opening its golf course to the public after suffering declining membership. Arlington’s Hidden Hills is just the latest indication that golf as a business is in the rough.


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John Burr / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday introduced new leadership after the firing of head coach Gus Bradley. The team is counting on former Coach Tom Coughlin to give it the shot in the arm that’s been missing since he left more than a decade ago.


San Marco lion fountain
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A long-planned mixed-use development called East San Marco is finally proceeding in the historic Jacksonville neighborhood after building permits were issued last week.

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Mike via Flickr

It’s a new year, and I'm predicting big things for Northeast Florida.

Among them: the first sighting of a boom economy in a decade, high consumer confidence, more home construction and gas prices’ staying relatively low.

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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.


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

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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.

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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.

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UNF

For 10 years running, the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business has been named one of the best business schools in the country by the Princeton Review.


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.”


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.


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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Alan Light via Flickr

Getting more people qualified for the workforce is the goal of a Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce program called Earn Up. Its efforts recently earned the Chamber a competitive national grant of $40,000 to expand its reach.

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HealthDesigns.net

A recent analysis ranks Jacksonville among the country’s top 30 cities for women to open a business. In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo what makes the city so attractive to female entrepreneurs.


John Burr

A super-sized cargo ship was met with great fanfare when it docked in Miami over the weekend. The MOL Majesty is the first neo-Panamax vessel to reach Florida after sailing through the recently expanded Panama Canal.

Officials say it’s the payoff of more than $1 billion the state has invested in ports since Gov. Rick Scott took office, and in a news release, Scott hailed its arrival as the dawn of the "big ship era." 

But in Jacksonville, a St. Johns River dredging project aimed at ushering in the new, larger ships is having trouble setting sail.


Made in Space

When parts break on the International Space Station, astronauts can get instant replacements thanks to onboard 3-D printers. In this “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo those 3-D printers are made by a company called Made in Space, and it has a growing operation in Jacksonville.