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Magazine ranks JAX among top for business

The city of Jacksonville ranks in the Top 15 of Area Development magazine’s most attractive metropolitan regions for business. Jacksonville was recognized for its business-friendly environment and consistent job growth.

“Jacksonville offers a pro-business environment and a highly skilled workforce, which appeals to forward-thinking companies,” said Jerry Mallot, president of Cornerstone, the economic development arm of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.  “Our region is one of the nation’s top business communities because we provide a quality environment companies thrive in.”

The magazine asked a select group of highly respected industry consultants to name the metro areas they consider the most attractive investment locations, selecting areas of varying sizes as their top picks.  In addition to ranking Jacksonville 15th, the magazine highlighted Northeast Florida’s business growth, including Saft America’s $200 million plant to produce high-tech batteries for the alternative energy industry, Mercedes-Benz USA opening a 415,000-square-foot facility that employs 160 people, Crowley’s warehouse space expansion when the maritime and logistics firm moved to a 70,000-square-foot facility at Dames Point and Boeing announcing 40 new jobs at Cecil Field.

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