Phone: 904-641-1300
Fax: 904-641-2160

Atlantic Commercial Properties, Inc.
8761 Perimeter Park Blvd
Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Jacksonville Area Information
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JACKSONVILLE GROWTH
  • Jacksonville is not only an NFL expansion city, it's an expanding business city. The city and four surrounding counties make up the area called Florida's First Coast.


  • Jacksonville is outgrowing 5 out of 6 metropolitan areas in the U.S.


  • The Metropolitan area is now the 58th largest in the U.S. and has a total population of approximately 1 million. Interestingly, the population is significantly younger than all major Florida cities.

THE AREA IS CENTRALLY LOCATED TO SERVE IMPORTANT DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
  • Two-Thirds of the 50 million people in the Southeast are located within 600 miles and the port opens global markets to companies located here. The combination of three major railways, and Jacksonville International Airport has made the area a major distribution center and a city of growing international commerce.


  • During the past five years, over 50,000 new jobs have been created by companies expanding or relocating here


  • No southern city can match Jacksonville's combination of road, rail, sea, air and advanced telecommunications.


  • The Jacksonville area's location has allowed it to become Florida's primary transportation center, and the international intermodal hub of the southeast.


  • The metropolitan area is serviced by three major intestate highways and three railways


  • I-10 West (east-west) and I-95 (north-south) meet within the city. And only 50 miles away (via I-10 west) is I-75 (north-south), offering a direct corridor to Atlanta and the Midwest. Three railways, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Florida East Coast service the Jacksonville area daily and all have substantial intermodal yards.


    THE PORT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY
    • Jacksonville's deep water port is the best location from which to ship products to and from Latin America and the Caribbean, as the need for expensive inland transportation through Florida is eliminated. Containerized shipments are easily handled and the facility is the leading U.S. port of entry for foreign automobiles.


      THE FASTEST GROWING AIRPORT IN THE UNITED STATES
      • Jacksonville International Airport handles more than 3.3 million domestic and international travelers and over 95 million pounds of cargo annually. A $100 million expansion and renovation, including the addition of a 10,000 foot runway, makes access for the wide body long-haul jets from all over the world easier.


        THE MOST MODERN TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IS IN PLACE
        • Southern Bell has recently invested more than $100 million in improvements to the communications infrastructure along the First Coast area. The market possesses high-speed digital transmission, 100 percent electrical switching, self-healing fiber-optic ring architecture and enhanced voice applications.


          JACKSONVILLE IS WHERE FLORIDA GOES TO WORK
          • While many Florida cities are better known as places to retire or vacation, Jacksonville is the place where people go to work. The area employs a total of approximately 500,000 persons in non-agriculture positions. 86% of them are in service industries. Goods producing employment, which comprises the other 14% of the area's employment base, is largely represented by manufacturing and construction.

            The MSA holds three important distinctions relative to the other Florida cities; it has the youngest work force, the lowest percentage of service employees in tourism related employment, and the lowest percentage of persons aged over 50 of any major metro area in the state.


          • A critical asset of the area labor force is the military. Four naval facilities with a 40 mile radius employ over 30,000 military and civilian workers. Over 4,000 military personnel, trained in electronics, aircraft maintenance and technical skills exit the navy annually, providing a source of well-trained personnel.


            FLORIDA IS A RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE
            • There are only 21 in the country. Under this provision, both the closed shop and the union shop are prohibited. The right-to-work provision is contained in the state's constitution, a characteristic shared by only six other states.


              EDUCATION AND TRAINING
              • Area public schools have pioneered innovative education programs, and vocational skills centers provide secondary students career training in 38 areas. There are also four major colleges and universities in the area and the University of Florida, with its renowned research and advanced degree programs, is only 69 miles away.


              • In addition, companies have access to well established training centers and educational facilities. Their facilities, combined with the State of Florida's Quick response Training Program, provide rapid, effective start-up recruiting and training tailored to specific company needs.


                PRO-BUSINESS ATTITUDES HELP TO KEEP THE COST OF BUSINESS LOW
                • The Jacksonville area has a very attractive tax structure. State corporate income tax is 5.5% of Florida income over $5,000. Corporations are free from a tax inventory and there is no corporate franchise tax on capital stock. And, of course, there is no personal income tax in Florida.


                  THE JACKSONVILLE AREA IS AN EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE AND "LIVABLE" PLACE
                  • The American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association Cost of Living Index ranks Jacksonville as the lowest among the five major MSAs' in Florida and lower than numerous peer cities in the southern United States. Contribution to that low overall cost is the cost of housing. The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Opportunity Index features Jacksonville as the least expensive housing market in Florida among cities with population of 500,000 and one of the lowest in the entire country.


                  • The median home price in Jacksonville is approximately $85,000.


                    JACKSONVILLE IS A CAREFUL PRESERVER OF ITS ENJOYABLE QUALITY OF LIFE
                    • Jacksonville is home to a branch of the prestigious Mayo Clinic and several major regional medical centers. The top six area hospitals hold over 2,500 beds and offer every advanced service.


                      THE AREA IS UNMATCHED FOR LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES
                      • The location on the expansive St. Johns River and its close proximity to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean mean almost every conceivable outdoor recreation opportunity.


                      • The city's progressive stance on culture also provides citizens with a well established system of art, science and history museums as well as theater and symphony.


                      • The Jacksonville Zoo is one of the most interesting in the entire Southeast and has recently undergone an impressive $20 million expansion.


                      • The First Coast offers a tremendous line-up of spectator sports. The Jacksonville Jaguars, the newest NFL expansion team. The annual PLAYERS Championship, a significant PGA Tour event, is held each March.


                      • The area is home to over 60 public and private golf courses. And, Ponte Vedra Beach, in St. Johns County, is the headquarters for both the PGA Tour and the ATP Tour. St. Johns County, is also home to the World Golf Village, International Golf Museum and Hall of Fame, due for completion in 1997.


                      • Weather in Jacksonville is unique among Florida cities. Although the climate is mild throughout the year, the area does enjoy four seasons. The annual temperature for Jacksonville is a mild 69 degrees Fahrenheit


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