"I choose Clay County to locate my high-tech company because the labor pool, which traditionally would commute an hour was readily available minutes away from our office. The move raised all of our employees quality of living and happiness, allowing me to recruit top talent and keep them."

Brian Knight
Co-Founder, Pragmatic Works


"I truly appreciate the effort you have put in to move this along!  In my 26 years in the development business, I have rarely received this type of support!"

Kent Gregory
MGB Development Group


"Clay EDC has proven to be a vital resource for Calavo's expansion into the southeast U.S.  Assisting in early-stage due diligence thru the move-in and operational start-up of our Green Cove Springs facility, Clay EDC has been a go-to source for information, contacts and relevant solutions to often complex issues."

Mike Browne
Vice President, Calavo Growers Inc.

"For any business - what could be better than 60,000 people of all skills eager to work closer to home.
Clay County has that and a high quality of life in a safe environment to raise a family.  With great schools added it's a 'no brainer' for me."
 Jerry Agresti
CEO and Founder, Developers Realty Group
"Clay County is uniquely positioned for the distribution of our marine products.  We have effectively extended our reach, decreased our freight transit times and lowered both inbound and outbound freight costs.  Lower expenses, business friendly and first class port access have combined to deliver us to the next level."

Edward Gaw
President, Hi-Liner Fishing Equipment & Tackle, Inc.

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Maple Street Biscuit Co. Moving Headquarters to Clay
Maple Street Biscuit Co. Moving Headquarters to Clay
The company also wanted a site with easier parking than in Downtown, not only for the employees but also for visitors to the office, he said. Maple Street's office is on the top floor of the Level Office co-work and office suites building at 25 N. Market St.  Moore started Maple Street with partner Gus Evans with a single restaurant in San Marco in 2012. In a little more than five years, it has expanded to 20 locations, including several restaurants in Tennessee.  “It’s been an interesting journey,” Moore said.  The company will soon be opening additional Florida locations in Seminole and St. Petersburg, he said. Maple Street’s employees should be completing the move to the Clay County office within 45 days, Moore said.
Why Jacksonville is Booming
Here are three reasons some private and family companies are choosing to locate and invest in Jacksonville.  Talent is Here People are concerned about pace of change and job loss, and companies that offer job training and continuous improvement opportunities are more appealing. In recent years, companies have expanded their interest in setting up shop in Jacksonville. Many company headquarters are now located in Jacksonville, and the city has seen expansion of manufacturing plants and distribution facilities. Due to the rise in corporate presence, Jacksonville now has a vibrant business community and a reputation for being a great place to raise a family. It offers the luxury of a bustling metropolis with less stress and pressure of other markets, like New York, Miami or Chicago. Private companies in the area can capitalize on these perks.  Pro-Business Local and Federal Legislation In June, Governor Rick Scott announced an $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, which offers funding to economic development projects that enhance community infrastructure or develop workforce training programs.  Florida’s highly favorable tax climate provides many advantages. Despite these advantages, companies should still consider potential shifts at the ...
Clay Youth Connection Program Finds Home at Moosehaven
This initiative began when Orange Park Council member Connie Thomas decided to take a deeper look at the homeless in her town. “We had a lot of people concerned about a lady always on the side of a road in town and it turned out that she was homeless,” said Thomas at the Clay Youth Connection meeting that took place Nov. 17. “That’s when I decided to learn more about the homeless in Orange Park.” Upon finding out more, Thomas discovered that homelessness wasn’t just affecting adults – it’s an issue in the youth community as well. Some children are living car to car, with no set place to sleep at night, according to Thomas. As time went on, the issue kept bubbling closer and closer to the surface and that’s when Thomas decided to take action. That action was the birth of what is now known as the Clay Youth connection, and it came with the help of Moosehaven Executive Director John Capes. “We got involved after attending a committee meeting about four months ago and listening to what [Thomas] was trying ...
Yelp Ranks Jacksonville No.2 for Business Opportunity
  The report’s data editor, Carl Bialik, said now that the first report has been released, “it’s time to start dialing down to each of these cities,” since the rankings lack a level of specificity.  “It’s hard to get too specific beyond what we’ve released so far,” said Bialik when asked about Jacksonville.  “What we do know about Jacksonville is that the Riverside neighborhood seems to be the most improved area for new businesses to locate to,” he said.  Bialik said Jacksonville scored high in most of the top 10 business categories Yelp used in the rankings, primarily the food and medical categories.  The categories were restaurants, nightlife, beauty and spas, event planning and services, health and medical, automotive, food, shopping, home services and active life businesses. He said Jacksonville outranked other Florida cities, “mainly because we found that rent was more affordable.”  “However, the gap between Jacksonville at No. 2 and Orlando at No. 4 is not very wide at all,” Bialik said.  He said Florida cities are more competitive because there’s no state income tax. Like other cities on the list, the data ...
Amazon and Partners Give $50,000 to STEM Education in Clay County
Amazon and Partners Give $50,000 to STEM Education in Clay County
"It's important for us because it's where our employees live and work," Schmidt said. Schmidt noted that STEM skills are important at his fulfillment center, which utilizes more than 20 miles of conveyor belts as well as Amazon Robotics. "The robotics that the kids will be working with fits very well with our profile," he said. STEM2Hub told the gathering, which met at the Clay County STEM office, that STEM education is critical for preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet. Mary Chance, president of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations which works to get state matching funds, was excited that Amazon's funds were match eligible. "Matching funds are flexible but accountable," Chance told the Business Journal. "It's a great way to leverage private dollars." Florida is the only state in the country to set aside matching funds in its annual budget, Chance said. In the Jacksonville area last year, Duval County received nearly $160,000; St. Johns County received more than $55,000; Nassau County received almost $24,000; and Clay County received almost $53,000 in state matched funding, according to Chance.
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