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November 27, 2015

Business Florida 2012 - The Regions

Northeast Florida

Jacksonville, Palm Coast, St. Augustine

Quality of Life

K-12 education: Jacksonville public school Stanton College Preparatory School earned the No. 4 spot on Newsweek's 2011 ranking of "America's Best High Schools." Five other area schools also made the elite list.

St. Augustine Beach
Amenities here include 90 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. [Photo: Glenn Hastings]
Sports and recreation: There's plenty to cheer about in Florida's Northeast. Catch the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars in the fall or minor league action all summer with the Jacksonville Suns, a double A-affiliate of the Florida Marlins. Golf is always in season at more than 85 elite courses, and pristine beaches stretch for 90 miles along the Atlantic coastline.

Arts and culture: The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are just some of the region's arts and cultural assets. No surprise that Jacksonville was named to AmericanStyle magazine's 2011 "Top 25 Big Cities for Art." St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.

Northrup Grumman
Northrup Grumman manufactures the U.S. Navy's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early-warning aircraft at its Northeast Florida plant.

Notable Employers


  • FlightStar Aircraft Services, Cecil Field, Jacksonville
  • Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Jacksonville

Financial Services

  • Bank of America, Jacksonville
  • Deutsche Bank, Jacksonville
  • Fidelity National Financial, Jacksonville
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co., Jacksonville

Life Sciences/Healthcare

  • Availity, Jacksonville
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Jacksonville
  • Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
  • Medtronic Corporation, Jacksonville
  • Science First, Yulee


  • Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, Jacksonville
  • Coach Distribution Center, Jacksonville
  • CSX, Jacksonville
  • Ocean Galley Seafood, Green Cove Springs
  • RailAmerica Inc., Jacksonville


  • Alternate Energy Technologies, Green Cove Springs
  • BAE Systems Ltd., Jacksonville
  • Enkei Florida Inc., Jacksonville
  • Hydro Aluminum, St. Augustine
  • SAFT North America, Jacksonville
  • Union Industries, Jacksonville

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