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Florida population climbs to 21.3 million

Florida population climbs to 21.3 million

The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday released new estimates showing Florida had about 21.3 million residents as of July 1, cementing Florida’s place as the third most-populous state behind California and Texas. Florida also had the fifth-highest growth rate from July 2017 to July 2018, with all of the fastest-growing states in the southern and western parts of the country. Puerto Rico and nine states had population declines during the period, according to the Census Bureau.

JinkoSolar to Open Jacksonville Factory in February

Chinese solar panel manufacturer JinkoSolar will begin operating its Cecil Commerce Center factory by the end of February.More than 100 employees are already working on site at the facility, which is located at 4660 New World Ave. The factory will employ at least 200 people, per an economic development agreement that the company has with the city and the state.The Cecil facility is expected to deliver 1.2 million solar panels per year, which is about two solar panels per minute. "The factory in Jacksonville will be the most advanced in the world," Cockroft said.
Camp Blanding Commander Speaks to Clay Leaders

Camp Blanding Commander Speaks to Clay Leaders

Commander Colonel Frank A. Zenko from Camp Blanding Joint Training Center spoke to a group of Clay County Leaders at the 4th quarter luncheon for the Clay County Economic Development. Zenco outlined the benefits of Camp Blanding and the millions of dollars represented by the more than 450,000 incoming individuals that visit to the camp during a calendar year for training of several various natures.
Jacksonville's Port Leads State in Container Traffic After Record Year

Jacksonville's Port Leads State in Container Traffic After Record Year

A big jump in cargo has enabled JaxPort to lock down bragging rights as Florida’s busiest port authority for shipments of cargo containers, those stackable metal boxes that move global trade. JaxPort posted a 23-percent jump in the annual volume of containers moved at its three terminals in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a quantum leap driven by the strong economy and some one-time factors, such as disaster relief for Puerto Rico, that won’t be repeated in the coming year.

Incubating a Startup Scene: Creating a Vibrant Atmosphere for Tech and Biotech Firms to Grow in Jacksonville

When Jim Stallings founded PS27 Ventures five years ago after retiring from IBM, his goal was simply to invest in and support local companies. Today, his incubator supports eight to 10 companies and employs full-time staff to help those companies vet their ideas, mature their product offerings, find new customers and more. “Five years ago, I wasn’t thinking that it would be like this, but it’s really evolved,” said Stallings. Though PS27’s days as the only incubator in town are numbered, it’s not worried about finding companies in the future. With a full pipeline of companies looking to enter its program – including several from outside of Northeast Florida – PS27 is quadrupling its footprint so it can support more startups at a time.