News and Announcements
Chipotle coming to St. Augustine
St. Augustine Record, February 7, 2014. Chipotle Mexican Grill, one of the nation's most popular fast-casual restaurants, is opening a location here in St. Augustine. The franchise, which has more than 1,400 stores around the country, will be located in the Seabridge Square shopping center, which was once home to Kmart. Chipotle coming to St. Augustine.
$10 Million in Tourism Landing at St. Augustine Airport
Jacksonville Business Journal, February 6, 2014. Frontier Airlines adding direct flights between New Jersey and St. Augustine is adding a big boost to the local tourism industry. America's oldest city is already a popular tourist destination, but Frontier's direct flights are expected to bring an estimated $10 million a year, according to Florida Times-Union. $10 Million in Tourism Landing at St. Augustine Airport
Frontier traffic Expected to Steer Revenue Toward Airport
St. Augustine Record, February 6, 2014. ... [airport executive director] Wuellner and other county officials have been busy trying to fill the void left by the demise of Skybus. "We've spent pretty much all the time since Skybus left in 2008 marketing the area to different air carriers," Wuellner said. The efforts started to pay off with last week's announcement by Frontier Airlines that it would operate three flights a week between St. Augustine and the Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey. Wuellner is clear, though, that the job isn't finished. "I think Frontier is the first crack in the big ice block," he said. "Hopefully it will wake up some other carriers." Frontier traffic Expected to Steer Revenue Toward Airport
Baptist Primary Care Coming to Nocatee
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 29, 2014. With the projected growth of Nocatee in Ponte Vedra, Baptist Health plans to open a family practice office within the residential planned community. The 5,000-square-foot medical complex, which is slated to break ground this spring, will occupy almost one acre off Crosswater Parkway within the Nocatee Town Center in St. Johns County. Completion is expected by sometime early 2015. Baptist Primary Care Coming to Nocatee
St. Johns County Unemployment Falls to 4.7 Percent
St. Augustine Record, January 24, 2014. While the state unemployment level remained steady at 7.1 percent in June, the local rate also was mostly unchanged. In statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, St. Johns County continued to be one of the best counties for workers with an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent. That ranked the county fifth in terms of the lowest rates in the state. St. Johns County Unemployment Falls to 4.7 Percent
Northeast Florida Homebuilding Continues to Rise
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 16, 2014. Homebuilding in Northeast Florida continued its upward trend in 2013, with builders in Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau counties pulling nearly 6,000 permits. Builders in the four counties pulled a combined 5,971 permits, just shy of 2007's 6,830 permits. ....As has been the case since 2011, St. Johns County led the region, with builders in that count pulling a total of 2,721 permits. Northeast Florida Homebuilding Continues to Rise
Frontier Airlines Adds Service from Trenton-Mercer Airport
to Northeast Florida Regional Airport
Frontier Airlines today announced it will expand its low-fare service at Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), in Ewing, N.J., with the addition of nonstop service to Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Fla. beginning May 2, 2014. To celebrate this announcement, Frontier is offering fares as low as $49 each way through February 8, 2014. Frontier is the only airline providing scheduled service out of Trenton-Mercer Airport, the gateway to New Jersey's state capital, all of central New Jersey, and Southeast Pennsylvania, including metro Philadelphia. Frontier Airlines Adds Service to Northeast Florida Regional Airport.
Focus on Economic Development Paying Off for St. Johns County
St. Augustine Record, January 10, 2014. While St. Johns County has long been considered a desirable place to live or visit, it hasn't always been a player in the world of big business. The current county administration is trying to alter half of that. Because the area has so much to offer, County Administrator Michael Wanchick, his staff, the commissioners and other partners are trying to make the county as attractive to businesses as it is to growing families. “In the past, we were considered very business-unfriendly,” Wanchick said. “We've totally reversed our image.” Economic Development Paying Off for SJC.
Nocatee No. 5 Fastest-selling Master-planned Community
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 9, 2014. Nocatee is the fifth fastest-selling master-planned community in the U.S., according to rankings released Tuesday. Nocatee was among four Florida master-planned communities to make the list, compiled by Irvine, Calif.-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting. The rankings are based on the number of net sales in the community. The 838 homes sold in Nocatee in 2013 represent a 65 percent increase over 2012's 508. Nocatee No. 5 Fastest-selling Community.
Best Places to Open a Business in Jacksonville
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 6, 2014. Location. Location. The location of their establishment can mean success or failure. But determining the best place to set up shop can be tricky sometimes — unless you're John Rivers and tend to go with more sentimental locale. That's why I reached out to the folks at demographic and information services provider Esri and Dun & Bradstreet Inc. to find out what parts of town have the highest retail potential. Best Places to Open a Business in Jacksonville.
Northrop Grumman Reveals New Center of Excellence
St. Augustine Record, December 21, 2013. Motorists passing by Northeast Florida Regional Airport over the past few weeks might have seen two large aircraft assembly hangars being demolished. If you've been wondering what's going to be built there next, company officials have decided to give everyone a sneak peek. This week, they released an artist rendering of the planned 384,000-square-foot Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence that will replace the hangars. Three new buildings would be built on six acres.The St. Augustine plant — one of St. Johns County's largest employers — was named a Center of Excellence last March and 400 new positions will be added to its current 1,060 by 2017. Gruman Center of Excellence.
Business Leaders Look to Maintain Momentum in 2014
St. Augustine Record, January 3, 2014. There were a lot of positive economic numbers for St. Johns County in 2013, but many in the business community think this year could be even better. In addition to an unemployment rate that dropped to less than 5 percent near the end of the year (statistics available through November), several other indicators showed positive signs in 2013. Among the more significant numbers was the 6-percent increase (through November) in occupancy rates in county hotels — a good sign for the tourism industry in general. Looking to Maintain Momentum.
St. Augustine Ranked Seventh Best College Town
Travel and Leisure, November 2013. Thanks to its oldest-city-in-the-country claim to fame—not to mention 43 miles of beaches—this coastal town has long been a favorite among tourists. But it's the mix of the old and the new that makes St. Augustine so interesting. Ranked Seventh Best College Town
Real Estate Markets in State, County Show Strength
St. Augustine Record, October 29, 2013. With total home sales, prices and listings on the rise throughout the state, St. Johns County is one of the many booming housing markets in Florida. Data released this week from the Florida Realtors showed an increase of 18.8 percent in sales of single-family homes in September compared to September 2012. In St. Johns County, the increase is also dramatic. Dirk Schroeder, broker at Century 21 St. Augustine Properties and local president of Multiple Listing Service, said county resales of single-family homes are up 33 percent. Real Estate Markets in State, County Show Strength.
Two St. Johns County Academies Earn Model Status
St. Augustine Record, October 29, 2013. Pedro Menendez High School's Vystar Academy of Business and Creekside High School's Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning earned national recognition in Phoenix, Ariz., over the weekend. The honors came at the annual National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) meeting and brings to five the number of model career academies in the St. Johns County School District. Academies Earn Model Status
Fruit Cove Near Top of List for Jobs
St. Augustine Record, October 2, 2013. Fruit Cove is in the top ten list of best Florida cities for job seekers, according to a consumer advocacy company. On nerdwallet.com, a list released Monday named Fruit Cove in St. Johns County as the fourth best city in Florida for those seeking jobs. The list used median household income, city growth and employment rates as the criteria for the list. Fruit Cove Ranks Fourth for Jobs.
County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.2 Percent
St. Augustine Record, September 20, 2013. St. Johns County followed the state trend and saw its unemployment rate head lower last month. As the state rate for Florida dropped to 7 percent in August, the county's rate fell to 5.2 percent, a decline of 0.4 percent from the previous month and 1.5 percent from August 2012. The total workforce and number of people employed in St. Johns County both increased from a year ago. County Unemployment Drops.
Aldi Identified on Plans for St. Augustine Center
Jacksonville Daily Record, September 11, 2013. Aldi, the international discount supermarket chain, appears to be opening its first Northeast Florida store in St. Augustine. A leasing plan for the redeveloped Seabridge Square, at 1795 U.S. 1 S., lists a “proposed Aldi” on its tenant roster and a site plan shows the store, with its blue logo, at the north end of the center. Aldi would occupy 16,807 square feet of space in the 161,594-square-foot shopping center, which is west of U.S. 1, north of Florida 312. Aldi opening at Seabridge Square.
St. Johns Marketplace Envisions 283-Acre Development
Jacksonville Daily Record, September 11, 2013. Another high-profile Northeast Florida site is targeted for major economic development, this one with more than 1 million square feet of commercial and industrial uses along Interstate 95 in St. Johns County. St. Johns Marketplace LLC wants to turn 283 acres of high-profile property at the northeast corner of Interstate 95 and Florida 207 into a commercial and residential “landing pad for businesses.” St. Johns Marketplace Envisions Development.
Northrop Grumman Files Plans for $80M Hawkeye Plant in St. Augustine
Jacksonville Daily Record, September 9, 2013. Northrop Grumman Corp. filed plans last week for its $80 million Hawkeye manufacturing plant expansion in St. Augustine that is expected to add 400 jobs to the aerospace and defense contractor's Northeast Florida workforce. Northrop Grumman St. Augustine is an aircraft manufacturing and modifications facility whose current customer is the U.S. Navy. The E2-D Advanced Hawkeye is its anchor program with the Navy. Northrop Grumman Files Plans for $80M Hawkeye Plant.
Nocatee Home Sales Up 72% Over 2012
First Coast News, September 1, 2013. The Nocatee neighborhood was recently named the sixth-fastest selling planned development in the nation, up from number 10 a year ago. The area is booming, as people are moving there from all over the world. Nocatee covers 13,000 acres in northern St. Johns County and southeastern Duval County, with 85 percent of the neighborhood in St. Johns County. Everywhere you look in Nocatee there is new construction. The numbers are amazing. Only 168 homes were sold in Nocatee in 2010, but in the first six months of this year, more than 460 homes were sold, a 72 percent hike over the same time last year. Nocatee Home Sales Up.
St. Johns County Ranked Fifth Best Place to Live for Jobs
August, 2013. Citing a vibrant job market, recent business expansions, and corporate relocations, Money Magazine recently ranked St. Johns County number five nationally on the "Best Places to Live; Where the Jobs Are" list. Money Magazine Best Places to Live.
Small Business Development Center Success Story
August 22, 2013. Veranda Rose opened in April of this year. Christy and her family relocated, and she is working with her mom at the store. Both are still working with the SBDC learning about using social media to market their business. In the near future, Cecelia hopes to put a tea room in the shop as well. Cecelia wants every business owner to know about the SBDC and what a valuable service they offer. Veranda Rose.
Southern Oak Insurance Moving Headquarters to Ponte Vedra Beach
The Jacksonville Business Journal, August 6, 2013. Southern Oak Insurance Co. is moving its corporate headquarters to Ponte Vedra Beach. The company will lease around 4,000 square feet in The Veranda, an office complex on state road A1A. "We're finally making our migration to the beach," Vice President Ron Natherson said. "It's been something we've talked about for a long time." Natherson said the move will shorten the commute time for most of Southern Oak's 11 employees. The company will vacate its current offices, in the BB&T Tower in Downtown Jacksonville, by the end of August.
Nocatee Homebuilding Outpacing 2012’s ‘Landmark’ Growth
The Jacksonville Business Journal, August 5, 2013. Homebuilding at Nocatee is on track to dwarf the growth it saw in 2012 — and that was considered a "landmark year," the community's developer said. In 2012, there were 508 homes built in Nocatee; this year, the growth is on pace for more than 800 homes, said Rick Ray, managing partner of The PARC Group Inc., the developer of Nocatee. Nocatee Homebuilding.
County Unemployment Rate Remained Low in June
St. Augustine Record, July 20, 2013. In statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, St. Johns County continued to be one of the best counties for workers with an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent. Continued Low Unemployment Rate.
Advanced Disposal Opens New Headquarters in Ponte Vedra
Financial News & Daily Record, July 9, 2013. Gov. Rick Scott helped Advanced Disposal Chairman and CEO Charlie Appleby with the grand opening Monday of the company's headquarters in the Nocatee area of Ponte Vedra. The expansion will create about 85 jobs, retain 35 jobs and inject $4 million in capital into the state economy. Advanced Disposal Creates Jobs.
Governor Scott Announces Advanced Disposal Services Expands, Relocates to St. Johns County
Governor Rick Scott, July 8, 2013. Largest privately-owned U.S. environmental services company to add 85 jobs, invest $4 million in capital and Governor Scott Announces Advanced Disposal Relocation.
Fruit Cove Makes List of Top Suburbs
St. Augustine Record, June 28, 2013. Fruit Cove is one of the top “booming suburbs in America” according to a new list by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. The real estate firm rated 1,500 communities around the country using criteria including employment, access to suburban staples (grocery stores, banks, etc.), proximity to good schools, commuting by car and community safety. Fruit Cove Top Suburb.
State unemployment rate at 7.1%, St. Johns County's 5.5% for May
St. Augustine Record, June 21, 2013. Gov. Rick Scott's office announced that Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for May dropped to 7.1 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008. The May unemployment rate in St. Johns County was up slightly from April to 5.5 percent. That still ranked among the lowest in the state with just six of Florida's 67 counties reporting lower rates. County Unemployment Rate 5.5%.
New Fruit Cove Walmart Neighborhood Market
Walmart Media Advisory. Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this summer in the Julington Square Shopping Center at 445 SR 13 N. Walmart to create new jobs.
New Fiber Optics Heading for First Coast
Florida Times-Union, May 28, 2013. Fiber-optic cables being installed in Miami are the start of a new network that's going right through Jacksonville, bringing higher speeds for Internet users, more capacity for data-hungry companies and a likely increase in high-tech jobs for the First Coast area. New Fiber Optics Network
PetSmart to Open Store in U.S. 1 Mall
St. Augustine Record, April 11, 2013. The national pet supply retailer PetSmart will open a store in St. Augustine in the Seabridge Square shopping center on U.S. 1, in the plaza formerly home to Kmart.
PetSmart Inc., which was founded in 1986, is a retail chain operating in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company sells specialty pet supplies and services such as grooming and dog training, cat and dog boarding facilities, and daycare. PetSmart to Open Store
Florida Trend Recognition
Florida Trend, April, 2013. 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. Companies Bringing New Jobs.
Big Fish Grows a Little Bit Bigger
Daytona Beach News-Journal, March 30, 2013. Jason Johnson is not just the owner of Marlin Consulting Solutions, a Palm Coast-based web development, design consulting and e-commerce solutions company. He is the "chief marlin" of a company that is on the rise. Marlin Consulting Solutions Expansion.
St. Johns County Remains Healthiest in Florida
Florida Department of Health, March 20, 2013. In the 2013 County Health Rankings, St. Johns County was named the healthiest county in Florida for the second consecutive year. Using statistical data from sources including the Florida Department of Health, the report ranked St. Johns County number one both in measures of today's and tomorrow's health. Healthiest County in Florida.
Northrop Grumman – 1,000 New Jobs
Office of Governor Rick Scott, Monday, March 4, 2013. Northrop Grumman announced that it is creating these centers of excellence to improve its strategic alignment with its customers' need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions. It will establish a Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne, Florida, which will include work currently being done at other company locations. Northrop Grumman also announced that they will establish an Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Florida. Northrop Grumman's Centers of Excellence.
Commercial Developers Eyeing St. Johns County
Jacksonville Business Journal, Friday, February 8, 2013. The housing boom in St. Johns County is pushing developers to consider commercial construction there. Boom, of course, is relative to the times, as are the new developments. Homebuilders in St. Johns pulled just more than 2,000 permits in 2012, less than half of the number pulled at the market's peak in 2005. But that's almost double the number of permits pulled in St. Johns in 2011— enough of an upswing to drive both commercial and residential development. Commercial Developers Eyeing St. Johns County.
Airport Authority Completes Phase II of Runway Improvement Project
January 23, 2013. The St. Augustine – St. John's County Airport Authority is pleased to announce the completion of the last phase of a multi-year Runway and Taxiway Improvement Program at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. With the opening of Taxiway B, full-runway length taxiway access is now in place. This final taxiway segment located along along the southwestern edge of the 8,000-foot long runway, also marks significant safety and operational enhancements. Runway Improvement Project.
Bass Pro Shops Announces Mega Outdoor Store
December 21, 2012.
Advanded Disposal Selects NE Florida as Company Headquarters
December 13, 2012.
Rivertown Home Sales Ramp Up in St. Johns County
Jacksonville Business Journal, November 8, 2012.
St. Johns County Growth Heads South
Jacksonville Business Journal, October 19, 2012.
St. Johns County Steps Up its Game
Jacksonville Business Journal, October 19, 2012.
Opinion: Slow and Steady
Jacksonville Business Journal, October 5, 2012.
Homebuilding in Northeast Florida Snaps Back After Crash
Jacksonville Business Journal, October 5, 2012.
German Company Opens Factory in St. Augustine
St. Augustine Record, September 21, 2012.
Airport Authority Receives "2012 Environmental Achievement Award"
St. Augustine, Florida, September 18, 2012.
County Building Permit Numbers Skyrocket
St. Augustine Record, August 7, 2012.
St. Johns County Added to Northeast Florida's Trade Zone
Florida Times-Union, July 18, 2012.
D.R. Horton Plans New Northeast Florida Headquarters
St. Augustine Record, June 18, 2012 and Builder Magazine Article, June 21, 2012.
St. Johns County Overtakes Duval in New Home Market
Florida Times-Union, May 23, 2012.
Governor Rick Scott Visits St. Johns County
St. Augustine Record, May 13, 2012.
County Offering Incentives to Attract Company Headquarters
St. Augustine Record, April 17, 2012.
St. Johns County Home Permits Way Up Over Rest of Region
Jacksonville Business Journal, April 3, 2012.
Memorial Hospital Looks for Shot in the Arm from New St. Johns ER
Jacksonville Business Journal, March 30, 2012.
Foreign Company to Bring in 125 Jobs
St. Augustine Record, March 26, 2012.
IDA Approves Flagler Hospital Bond
Economic Development Success Story
St. Joe Hopes to Boost Business with RiverTown Investment
Jacksonville Business Journal, March 16, 2012.
Small Business Development Center Aids Local Business
Historic City News, February 17, 2012.
Prime Realty Represents Coyote Logistics in Relocation to Ponte Vedra Beach
Jacksonville Advantage Business Magazine, February 13, 2012
St. Johns County 1st in 2011 Florida School District Rankings
January 23, 2012.
Vilano Beach Publix Celebrates Grand Opening
January 6, 2012.
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies
Florida Trend, November 11, 2011.
St. Johns County is Leading NE Florida in Residential Permits Issued
St. Augustine Record, October 13, 2011.
Does St. Johns County have a recipe for economic success?
Daytona Beach News-Journal, September 2011.
St. Augustine Featured in Where to Retire Magazine
Where to Retire Magazine, October / September 2011.
New Assisted Living Facility to Bring 190 Jobs
St. Augustine Record, July 2011.
St. Johns Growth Doubling this Year
St. Augustine Record, August 2011.
County's New Director's Top Job: Expand Tax Base
St. Augustine Record, August 2011.
St. Johns County Hires Director of Economic Development
August 14, 2011.