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FCMA survey: More manufacturing jobs wanted

A comprehensive survey of the general public and the business communities in six counties in NortheastFCMA logosmall Florida conducted in June and July by the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) revealed that a desire for more manufacturing, more job creation, and support for the deepening of the port in order to stimulate the economy of the area.

The survey, which included focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and on-line surveys, was commissioned by FCMA in order to help the organization in its strategic planning for the next three to five years.

Highlights of the survey include…

• While almost 60% of the general public believes manufacturing is currently not a strong contributor to the local economy, 40% believe that manufacturing should be a high priority in Northeast Florida’s economic development over the next 10 years.

• More than half of the general public feels that the top economic issue facing the area is jobs/unemployment.

• 77% of the general public supports the deepening of the port.

• 40% of the general public believes that residential runoff is the biggest source of pollution in the St. Johns River, with 32% attributing industrial sources as the major pollution.

• 60% of the general public feels that the regional economy is either the same as a year ago or is getting better.

“Perhaps the biggest surprise of the results is that the community as a whole tends to be unified when it comes to economic issues and a desire for increased economic development in Northeast Florida,” reported Lad Daniels, FCMA president. “The tremendous support for the deepening of the port is the best example of how people in the area believe that the port is our future source for jobs and economic stimulus. And of course, the manufacturing industry will play a critical role in that segment of our economy,” Daniels added.

The survey was the most comprehensive research conducted by FCMA. Research work was conducted through Ulrich Research in cooperation with the economic development arms of the Chamber of Commerce’s in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties.

Survey results are available www.FCMAWEB.com.


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