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June 21, 2018


Northeast Florida

Lilly Rockwell | 4/8/2013

St. Augustine/St. Johns County

» The county is counting on getting a tourism boost from events surrounding the Viva Florida 500th anniversary celebration this year. In concert with the yearlong celebration, the county is opening a new history museum.

» Meanwhile, St. Johns has attracted companies that are bringing nearly 500 jobs. Advanced Disposal is moving its headquarters to St. Johns from Duval County, bringing 120 jobs. The waste management company was enticed by $850,000 in state and local economic incentives. Home builder D.R. Horton also plans to build a 25,100-sq.-ft. regional headquarters in the county, employing up to 270 when it is complete, says St. Johns County's director of economic development Melissa Glasgow. And in September, 2G Cenergy opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility and headquarters in the county, employing 125. Home building has picked up, with more home permits issued in St. Johns than in neighboring Duval last year.

St. Johns Population: 207,434
Population Growth Rate (2009-13): 2.73%
Population by Age:
0-14 15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
17.93% 6.63% 21.28% 36.76% 17.39%
Per Capita Income: $52,861


Orange Park/Clay County

» St. Vincent's HealthCare is opening a hospital with 64 beds this year. Baptist Health will open a $39-million medical campus on Fleming Island next month that includes an emergency room and a medical office building. The existing Orange Park Medical Center added 42 beds, a cardiac unit and Level 2 trauma center.

» The first segment of the First Coast Outer Beltway toll road was also completed, with the second phase under construction. The road will help link the county with Interstate 10 and Interstate 95.

Clay Population: 202,798
Population Growth Rate (2009-13): 1.76%
Population by Age:
0-14 15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
20.19% 7.13% 24.15% 35.08% 13.45%
Per Capita Income: $35,483


Nassau County

» The Nassau County Economic Development Board has launched a five-year plan to bring 3,800 jobs to the county and is soliciting $2 million from local governments and employers over five years; so far, funding for the first year has been raised, says Executive Director Steve Rieck. The county has approved a 24,000-acre, mixed-use project, with 4,200 acres set for immediate development. The 1,800-acre Crawford Diamond industrial park “mega-site” is close to being ready for development, offering access to CSX and Norfolk Southern rail lines, JaxPort, the Port of Fernandina and two interstates, Rieck says.

» The $85-million renovation of the Omni Hotels and Resort at Amelia Island Plantation was completed in March, adding 160 full-time jobs and 200 seasonal jobs.

Nassau Population: 77,283
Population Growth Rate (2009-13): 1.56%
Population by Age:
0-14 15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
17.28% 5.61% 22.02% 36.28% 18.81%
Per Capita Income: $46,912

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