September 29, 2020

Northeast Florida Roundup

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EDUCATION

  • John Avendano, president of Kankakee Community College in Illinois, is the new president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. With more than 30 years of community college experience, Avendano has led Kankakee since 2009. He replaces interim FSC President Kevin Hyde, who stepped in a year ago after the retirement of former President Cynthia Bioteau. Avendano has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and a master’s in adult continuing education from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate in educational administration from Illinois State University.

HEALTH CARE

  • Orange Park Medical Center will build a 60,000-sq.-ft. medical office building in Clay County.
  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville paid Gate Petroleum $3.7 million for 4 acres near the Duval-St. Johns County line. Memorial plans to build primary and specialty care clinics on the site.
  • Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher Scientific bought Alachua biotech company Brammer Bio for $1.7 billion. Brammer, which employs 250, develops gene therapies using technology spun out of UF.

BANKING

  • Former VyStar executive Joe Nowland became president and CEO of Jax Federal Credit Union, succeeding Gerri Sexsion, who retired.

MANUFACTURING

  • Contact lens maker Johnson & Johnson Vision will expand its Jacksonville manufacturing facility by 9,600 square feet.
  • School supply company Cra-Z-Art plans to open a manufacturing and distribution center in north Jacksonville and hire 21 people at an average annual salary of $53,298 by the end of 2021.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Kishore Khandavalli succeeded Jason Cory as CEO of Jacksonville-based SharedLabs. Cory, who founded the technology company in 2016, resigned to pursue other opportunities. Khandavalli founded iTech, which SharedLabs acquired for $17 million in 2017.

RETAIL

  • Kroger and Ocado will build a warehouse in Groveland to handle online grocery orders. The facility is to open in 2021 and create 400 jobs.
  • Atlanta-based Dewberry Group plans to expand and renovate the 58-year-old Roosevelt Square shopping center in Jacksonville.
  • The city of Jacksonville will spend $1.5 million to help retail tenants whose leases will be terminated when the Jacksonville Landing shopping and entertainment complex closes.

 

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