2016 News Articles

2016 St. Johns County Economic
Development Department Activity Update

With Economic Development as the #1 priority of the Board of County Commissioners, the County’s Economic Development Department works cooperatively with local, state and federal resource agencies to assist businesses interested in locating and expanding into the County. This update is intended to provide a quick glance to highlight specific department activities performed to encourage these outcomes. 2016 Economic Development Activity Report

2016 Was Big Year for Home Building; 2017 Expected to be Bigger
St. Augustine Record, December 27, 2016.

St. Johns County Recognized as One of the “Dixie Dozen,” Small Towns, Big Deals, by Southern Business & Development Magazine
SB&D, Winter 2016.

What the Resumption of this Flight Means for St. Johns County Economic Development
Jacksonville Business Journal, December 22, 2016.

Industrial Development Pushed South into St. Johns County
Jacksonville Business Journal, December 22, 2016.

St. Johns County Unemployment Rate Stayed at 3.8 Percent in November
St. Augustine Record, December 17, 2016.

New Retailers to Join Nocatee Town Center
Ponte Vedra Recorder, December 15, 2016.

Census Data: St. Johns County Recovered Better than Florida Overall from 2010 to 2015
St. Augustine Record, December 12, 2016.

St. Augustine Shopping Center Gets Publix, Other New Tenants
Jacksonville Business Journal, November 30, 2016.

Ideal Aluminum Lauded for Creating Quality Jobs by Florida Governor Scott
Aluminum Insider, November 21, 2016.

Local Owner Plans to Move HVAC Company to St. Johns County
St. Augustine Record, November 16, 2016.

County Sees Growth of Workforce; Unemployment Rate Stays Low
St. Augustine Record, October 22, 2016.

ViaAir Adds More Seats to/from St. Augustine, FL and Charlotte, NC
Northeast Florida Regional Airport Press Release, October 20, 2016.

St. Johns County Commission Approves Economic Development Incentives for New Burkhardt Headquarters, Distribution Center
St. Augustine Record, October 17, 2016.

Builders Trying to Keep up with Housing Market Demands
St. Augustine Record, September 27, 2016.

St. Johns County Mega Development Ahead of Schedule, to Start Clearing Land Next Month
Jacksonville Business Journal, September 27, 2016.

Amenity Center Arms Race is on in St. Johns County
Jacksonville Business Journal, September 21, 2016.

St. Johns by the Numbers: Census Survey Shows Fast-Growing County is Well-Educated, Affluent
St. Augustine Record, September 16, 2016.

Flagler College Earns its Highest Ranking in U.S. News & World Report
St. Augustine Record, September 15, 2016.

Lots of Activity, Low Inventory in Regional Housing Market
St. Augustine Record, September 14, 2016.

Building Momentum: New Home Permits Almost Equal to 2015 Total
St. Augustine Record, September 12, 2016.

Economy Drives Strong Commercial Real Estate Market
Financial News & Daily Record, September 6, 2016.

Why St. Johns County had an Exhibit at a Major CRE Summit
Jacksonville Business Journal, August 23, 2016.

Indoor Sports Facility Planned for Northern St. Johns County
St. Augustine Record, August 20, 2016.

St. Johns County Reports Unemployment Rate Well Below State Rate
St. Augustine Record, August 19, 2016.

The Center of Jacksonville's Office Market Could be Shifting South
Jacksonville Business Journal, August 18, 2016.

County Counting on New CNG Facility to Save Money, Attract Businesses
St. Augustine Record, August 18, 2016.

Nopetro and St. Johns County Open CNG Fueling Facility
Nopetro, August 18, 2016.

Crystal Lagoon Moves Closer to Being a Reality
Jacksonville Business Journal, August 18, 2016.

St. Johns County Jumps into Natural Gas Economy as First CNG Facility Opens
Jacksonville Business Journal, August 17, 2016.

What to Expect in Residential Development in St. Johns County
Jacksonville Business Journal, August 3, 2016.

Skinner Bros. Bring Large-Scale Project to St. Johns County
Jacksonville Business Journal, August 3, 2016.

West Augustine Ready to Welcome Family Dollar to the Neighborhood
St. Augustine Record, July 21, 2016.

First Phase of Durbin Park Could Open in 2018
Financial News & Daily Record, June 30, 2016.

Developer Says Durbin Park Mixed-use Development will Open in 2018
St. Augustine Record, June 29, 2016.

Gate Petroleum, Gatlin Development Talk about St. Johns Development
Jacksonville Business Journal, June 29, 2016.

Gate and Gatlin Development Announce Plans for Durbin Park
Gate/Gatlin Development News Release, June 29, 2016.

New State Road 9B to Open
News4Jax, June 1, 2016.

Made in St. Johns County: Local Manufacturers Grow Through Exporting
Florida Export Guide, 2016.

St. Johns County's Unemployment Rate Third-Lowest in State in April
St. Augustine Record, May 20, 2016.

St. Johns County Development on Display, Nocatee Developer Shares Tips
Jacksonville Business Journal, May 20, 2016.

Census Report: Housing Unit Growth in St. Johns County Among Highest in Nation
St. Augustine Record, May 19, 2016.

Special Report: North Florida Regional Airport Growing, Diversifying
Jacksonville Business Journal, May 13, 2016.

All Cylinders — St. Johns Grows its Base Beyond Tourism
Florida Trend, May 2016.

New Terminal at St. Augustine Airport Nears Completion as New Service About to Start
Florida Times Union, April 12, 2016.

Florida Community Nation's Fastest Growing
WTLV, March 24, 2016.

Study Shows St. Johns is Healthiest County in Florida While Nearby Duval Ranks in Bottom Half
Florida Times Union, March 16, 2016.

Why St. Augustine is Becoming a Millennial Hotspot
Jacksonville Business Journal, March 7, 2016.

Maple Street Biscuits Opening Second Restaurant Concept in St. Augustine
Jacksonville Business Journal, February 29, 2016.

Miami Developer Seeks to Bring Beachfront Lifestyle to Inland Communities
The Washington Post, February 25, 2016.

St. Johns County's Growth in North Nowhere Close to Finished
St. Augustine Record, February 13, 2016.

St. Johns Schools #1 in State High Marks
St. Augustine Record, February 12, 2016.

January Permits For New Homes Highest For The Month in a Decade
Florida Times Union, February 2, 2016.

Although Manufacturing Down Nationwide, Local Companies Find Growth
St. Augustine Record, February 1, 2016.

St. Johns County has Head Start for Success, Economist Says
St. Augustine Record, January 29, 2016.

Gatlin, Gate to Launch Durbin Lakes Retail Center
Financial News & Daily Record, January 28, 2016.

Could St. Johns County be Getting its Own Version of the St. Johns Town Center?
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 28, 2016.

Major Residential Community in St. Johns County Celebrates Opening
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 27, 2016.

Bahama Lifestyle Coming to St. Johns County?
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 26, 2016.

St. Johns County's Unemployment Rate Remained Second-Lowest in State in December
St. Augustine Record, January 22, 2016.

This Man-Made Lagoon Puts Your Pool to Shame
New York Post, January 21, 2016.

Strong Sales Keep Nocatee No. 3 Master-Planned Community in Country
St. Augustine Record, January 12, 2016.

Nocatee Third in Nation in Master-Planned Community Sales
Jacksonville Business Journal, January 15, 2016.

Frontier Airlines Adds Nonstop Service from Northeast Florida Regional Airport to Philadelphia and Chicago
Frontier Airlines, January 7, 2016.