Economic Development

Mayor Lenny Curry announces Dun & Bradstreet's relocation to Jacksonville
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Leading financial services firm Dun & Bradstreet is opening a new office in Jacksonville and plans to designate the city as its corporate headquarters. The move is expected to create about 500 jobs over the course of five years, the company announced Thursday alongside Mayor Lenny Curry. 

Camden County Seeks Input on Regional 20-Year Plan

Apr 15, 2021
A Camden County, GA government building
Courtesy Camden County, GA

The regional planning and development agency that serves Camden County, Ga. is encouraging residents to share their thoughts about the future of coastal Georgia in a survey. 

Business Brief: City Fund Expected To Help Arlington Businesses Come Up To Code

Dec 13, 2019
Shopping center in Arlington with pawn shop in foreground
Jax Daily Record

Commercial property owners in Arlington are close to a deal with the city to reimburse all costs associated with compliance with recently adopted zoning rules.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Mark Woods from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly reporter Madeleine Peck Wagner and Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons.

Issues discussed included

Amy Hadden

Empty storefronts still line both sides of Main Street, which runs through the heart of one of Jacksonville’s historic districts. Many spaces are reminiscent of the area's heyday in the early 1900s. But some of the old haunts are now filled with sounds of construction as new businesses move into the Springfield neighborhood.

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Military equipment manufacturer GRACE Aerospace is moving its headquarters to Jacksonville.

That means the New York-based company’s existing, five person, workforce in Jacksonville is set to grow sixfold.

Company president Steven Carlo said the weather was just one of a few reasons his company decided to make the move south.

“It’s 25 and snowing at home and 75 here, so it’s sort of just a given. There are some real positives — the taxes don't hurt either,” he said.

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Northeast Florida Regional Airport via Facebook

Starting in the spring, the regional airport in St. Augustine will once again offer direct flights to Philadelphia.

The service is resuming as airlines are taking note of the explosive population growth in St. Johns County.

The Nocatee development in the Northern part of the county is one of the fastest-growing areas of the country, and county spokesman Michael Ryan says airlines are taking note.

“For many years, we did not have any passenger flights out of St. Johns County. We had to travel to Jacksonville, Daytona or Orlando,” he said.

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.

Amazon announced Wednesday morning Jacksonville will be the home of its new 800,000-square-foot distribution center.

The facility will be built on Jacksonville’s Northside, near the airport.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A Scottish commercial-refrigeration company is trading in the overcast skies of the United Kingdom for a new headquarters in Jacksonville.

City Refrigeration is hiring around 100 locals for its North American headquarters.

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The University of Florida and University of Georgia’s football rivalry will stay in Jacksonville for at least another five years, city officials announced Wednesday.

Mayor Lenny Curry says a deal to extend the city’s contract to host the Florida-Georgia game was on life support before his election.

“What my team did on this issue is what my team has done on every issue since we’ve taken office: We got to work on it. So many people in this room that immediately jumped on the case — we are about solving problems, creating opportunities and getting things done.”

Jacksonville’s Sports and Entertainment Office says the recent annual football game between the University of Florida and University of Georgia had a $35 million economic impact on the city.

But that number may be too optimistic.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

As new Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry creates a city budget, he’s asking for recommendations from his transition committees.


On Monday,  Curry’s Economic Development subcommittee met at the University of North Florida to start finalizing its proposals.


UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is heading up the committee. He says downtown growth should be a priority.

Peter Haden / WJCT

At 310 miles long, the St. Johns is the longest river in Florida. It’s flat and slow, flowing at less than half a mile per hour, but the St. Johns is the state’s most important river for commerce and recreation. Its significance runs deep, but for some, a stretch of the river needs to run deeper.

"Identifying the deepening as a necessity to grow the port happened several years ago," said Nancy Rubin, Director of Communications for the Jacksonville Port Authority. JAXPORT wants to deepen 13 miles of the St. Johns at the mouth of the river from 40 feet to 47 feet.

Bloomberg TV's Yang Yang reports on how The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort has boosted the economy and job market of Florida and the state.

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Jacksonville officials are discussing how to help the homeless while also working to revitalize downtown.

Big League Controversy In Clay County Over Proposed Sports Complex

Dec 2, 2013
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Executives from California-based Big League Dreams are lobbying officials in Clay County to build a multi-sports complex in Middleburg that could cost taxpayers more than $19 million.

The complex would feature five MLB replica parks, a covered sports pavilion, a restaurant, batting cages, and more.

The Clay County Development Authority is currently negotiating a contract with the five member Clay County Board of County Commissioners that would require the commission to pay for the construction of the sports complex, estimated between $19 million and $25 million.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Kentucky-based R.J. Corman Railroad Group is locating the regional headquarters of it's newly formed subsidiary, R.J. Corman Signaling, in Clay County.