Business Florida 2013 - The Regions
Jacksonville, St. Augustine
With the merger of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie supermarkets, South Carolina-based BI-LO Holdings will move its headquarters to Jacksonville. Says President and CEO Randall Onstead, “Jacksonville is centrally located within our eight-state operating area, with an existing infrastructure that is best positioned to host the combined BI-LO and Winn-Dixie support center, corporate office and distribution facilities. We look forward to being a contributor to the community.” The move means retention of 900 existing jobs and creation of 100 new ones.
Minneapolis-based Medtronic broke ground in April 2012 on a 75,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its Surgical Technologies Division HQ in Jacksonville. The $14-million project will add 175 jobs to the firm’s local workforce of 600.
With the acquisition of Internet pioneer Network Solutions in 2011, Jacksonville-based Web.com is poised to become the world’s largest online marketing company. The firm, which designs and hosts websites for small and medium-sized businesses, will add 200 new jobs in Jacksonville as a result.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Two Jacksonville schools are among the top 25 on Newsweek’s 2012 ranking of “America’s Best High Schools.”
Sports and recreation
Jacksonville is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, the Jacksonville Suns minor league baseball team and one of college sports’ biggest rivalries, the annual Florida-Georgia Football Classic. Golf is always in season here at more than 85 elite courses, including TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra where The Players PGA Tournament is held annually in May.
Arts and culture
Jacksonville was named to AmericanStyle magazine’s “Top 25 Big Cities for Art” for the second year in a row. The Jazz Festival, Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Museum of Science and History, Maritime Heritage Center and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are among the region’s arts and cultural assets.