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Clay County Business News

Find out the latest announcements and happenings around Clay County.

State grant allows Keystone to expand airport

The Keystone Heights Airport intends to find more tenants and a $2.3 million federal grant for an access road and broadband improvements, one of the last moves by former Gov. Rick Scott, certainly doesn’t hurt. The state provided the Bradford Board of County Commissioners a Florida Job Growth Grant for the road in the hopes of freeing up about 1,300 acres for industrial, commercial or manufacturing development.

Hager Construction: Survives, Then Thrives

Hager Construction Company recently completed its first Small and Emerging Business (SEB) project with JAXPORT – a roofing contract for AMPORTS terminal administration building at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. This initial port partnership exceeded expectations and received a glowing report from port engineers. It also marks an amazing turnaround for the 20-year-old firm, which suffered major bumps during the recession a decade ago.
Manufacturing Thriving in Northeast Florida

Manufacturing Thriving in Northeast Florida

Some 1,500 manufacturing companies can’t be wrong. Those with solid business models are thriving across Northeast Florida in a wide variety of industries, planted in a region with exceptional transportation and logistics, served by a deep, energetic workforce.
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.
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.
Jax Council Passes Major Economic Incentive Packages for Downtown, Industrial Development

Jax Council Passes Major Economic Incentive Packages for Downtown, Industrial Development

Four major economic development projects passed final legislative hurdle at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Two of those - Project Glass and Project Empire - could be the deciding factor in whether two companies decide to open distribution centers in west Jacksonville. The other two - the Jones Brothers Furniture Building and an eight-story apartment complex planned on the Southbank - could bring dozens of new residents downtown.