12 September National Summit on Natural Gas Comes to Jacksonville September 12, 2017 By Laura Pavlus General Economic Development , Utility Infrastructure, Natural Gas 0 The Natural Gas for High Horsepower Summit, an annual gathering of high horsepower industry stakeholders, is coming to Jacksonville this November, as part of a partnership between the JaxChamber and Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, a clean transportation and energy consulting firm. The four-day event brings professionals from marine, mining, rail and stationary power generation sectors together to discuss the use of natural gas in high-energy situations. “Jacksonville is committed to supporting the burgeoning natural gas industry, which drives economic development, energy security and improves environmental sustainability,” said Chris Quinn, the chamber's vice president of industry and government affairs. Quinn noted developments by Crowley Maritime Corp. and others to power vessels on liquified natural gas (LNG) and export LNG to the Caribbean. “We are thrilled to bring the HHP Summit to our city as we become the leader in natural gas-fueled ocean going vessels, locomotives and over-the-road trucks, as well as the launching point for the export of natural gas to remote power generation and industrial markets in the Caribbean,” he said. The event will be held Nov. 6 through 9 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. It will offer plenaries, breakouts and technical workshops, as well as off-site tours to Jacksonville projects. The tours will visit Eagle LNG's Maxville Plant, Crowley's LNG Bunker Terminal, Tote Maritime's LNG vessel, Florida East Coast Rail's LNG locomotives, Jacksonville Transportation Authority's compressed natural gas operation and UPS LNG trucks and refueling station. “Jacksonville has become the world’s most progressive and active marketplace for natural gas HHP operations in 2017,” said Erik Neandross, CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates which puts on the conference. The conference will focus on growth markets and opportunities, LNG and CNG supply chains and long-term industry issues. There will also be a variety of natural gas engines, equipment and technology accessible at the event. Tickets for the event costs between $395 and $895 if bought before Oct. 1. Related New Route Starts Service from Jacksonville International Airport Allegiant began flights to Louisville, Kentucky Friday and will begin flights to Norfolk Virginia June 14 with introductory rates as low as $54 one way. With the new routes, announced in April, Allegiant (Nasdaq: ALGT) will offer flights to eight destinations from Jacksonville. The two seasonal routes are expected to draw 6,000 visitors to the area each year. Companies Continue to See the Cost Savings and Advantages of Moving Jobs to Jacksonville “We can have a hard time attracting people to New England because of the cost of living, tax rates and weather,” he said. “But Jacksonville is very attractive for all three. It has a good labor pool, and we want to hire professional people and pay good wages.” Jacksonville's Office Market Benefited from a Strengthening Economy as Job Creation Continued "With a growing population and a strengthening economy, both national and local businesses look to Jacksonville as a top-tier market for operations," said Colliers, which represented Gramercy Woods in the Aetna transaction. 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. Florida's Fastest-Growing Natural Gas Supplier is Coming to Green Cove Springs After more than a year of negotiations and discussions, one of Florida's fastest-growing natural gas suppliers is ready to lay pipe here. Jacksonville Competing in the Top of the Pack for Small Business Jacksonville placed 30th out of more than 100 major metropolitan areas in an American City Business Journals study of small business vitality across America. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.