Northeast Florida Roundup
New program developed to help Florida job seekers find new careers based on location
CareerSource North Central Florida in Gainesville has been testing a program designed to help job seekers more easily find out location-specific information about jobs, salaries and demand.
The information comes from myCareerPathway Dashboard, developed by the data visualization company EImpact of White Salmon, Wash.
EImpact’s dashboard uses data provided by Lightcast of Charlotte, N.C., says Erik Larson, Elmpact CEO. The information provided by the dashboard is more geographically specific than job-seeking data from similar sites, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It also shares in-demand skills by job based on postings on LinkedIn. The company is targeting career centers, colleges and staffing companies as likely users of its dashboard product, Larson says.
Phyllis Marty, CEO of CareerSource North Central Florida, hopes the dashboard helps job seekers find new careers.
- Gastroenterology practice Borland Groover will open a 29,000-sq.-ft. ambulatory surgery center and medical facility early next year in Orange Park. The facility will include 50 employees. It is the fourth ambulatory surgery center for Borland Groover and United Surgical Partners International.
- James J. Kelly is the interim CEO of UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. He replaces Ed Jimenez, who resigned. Kelly was previously the senior vice president and CFO at UF Health Shands.
- Addix Sportswear has acquired Jacksonville’s Great Atlantic Outfitters, a screen-printing company. Addix also has moved its headquarters to Jacksonville from its previous home in Lowell, Mich.
- Employment services firm Adecco is moving its headquarters from the Deerwood South area to the Florida Blue campus, both in Jacksonville.
- Cannabis company Planet 13 is building a 63,000-sq.-ft. cultivation facility in Summerfield, in south Marion County. The facility will help supply Planet 13’s dispensaries around Florida.
- Olympus Insurance is moving from Palm Beach Gardens to Jacksonville this year. It will occupy 24,000 square feet at Prominence Office Park and bring 200 jobs to the area.
- Architecture, planning and design firm Hoefer Welker of Kansas City, is opening a 5,600-sq.-ft. office at Riverplace Tower in downtown Jacksonville. The firm already has several projects underway in the area.
- Davinci Micro Fulfillment of Bound Brook, N.J., will open a micro fulfillment e-commerce facility in Jacksonville, its first site in the Southeast. The facility will serve Atlanta, Miami, Savannah, Tampa and other metro areas.
- 925 Partners Insurance Agency of Jacksonville has acquired Waterbrook Agency of Clermont. Waterbrook specializes in property and casualty insurance.
- Putnam County leaders are starting a $300,000 study to look at possible ways to expand the Port of Palatka.
- The town of Micanopy received almost $3 million to help address broadband deficiencies as part of a Community Development Block Grant program from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Micanopy was one of 10 communities across the state to receive funding through the state program.
- Junior Achievement of North Florida has received $800,000 from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, the largest gift from a single donor in the group’s history.
- Patriot Rail is acquiring rail holding company Pioneer Lines of Denver. Patriot has 16 railroads in 14 states and will add 15 more railroads in 12 states. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.
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