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Company executives talk about why they love JAX

Some of the nation’s most influential site selection consultants attended JAXUSA Partnership’s Site Selection Showcase, a three-day event that allows them to experience the best of the region.

Eighty regional business leaders and JAXUSA partners joined the consultants as executives talked about the region’s recruiting ability, unique location, business environment and quality of life.

George Scanlon of Fidelity National Financial (FNF) spoke about the company’s move to Jacksonville in 2003. FNF has since spun off two companies — FIS and LPS — which combined have created more jobs locally than any other employer in the last decade. Other speakers included Craig Drager of Medtronic, Roseann Duran of Web.com, Paul Boynton of Rayonier and Harold Stankard of Fidelity Investments.

Site selection consultants are responsible for evaluating cities for company relocation and expansion plans. This event, held every two years, is one of the many ways JAXUSA markets the region. Industry videos are another tool used to showcase JAX. The latest video about the information technology industry includes executives in the respective industry sharing their experiences and reasons they selected the Jacksonville region to move or locate.

Information technology is one of seven targeted industries, and the Innovate Northeast Florida project recently reported that the technology industry is significantly contributing to the Northeast Florida economy. The number of tech jobs in Northeast Florida is on the rise, increasing 27% between 2005 and 2010 — the third highest rate of all the benchmark regions.

In addition to marketing the region to the world, the videos also help inform residents about the region’s strengths and highlight the many reasons to love JAX, which is the goal of the recently-created #ilovejax campaign.

In Nov. 2011, Forbes magazine named Jacksonville one of the best cities for technology jobs. Bloomberg Business Week ranked Jacksonville fourth in its listing of cities with the most significant growth in technology jobs.

For more information, visit JAXUSA Partnership or JAX Chamber.


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