May 18, 2024


Peering into Space

With $2.5 million from a strategic funding initiative, the University of Florida is venturing further into space, so to speak, with its UF Space Mission Institute. The institute is designed to bring together researchers and scientists from around the school for space-related collaboration. Read more »
Published on 4/24/2024

Bottling Boost

The food and beverage company Danone is expected to complete the addition of a $65-million bottle production line at its Jacksonville plant by the end of this year that will add an estimated 40 jobs for the company. Read more »
Published on 3/20/2024

Conservation Boost

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the Gainesville-based Alachua Conservation Trust $25 million for its Lake to Lagoon conservation program in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties. The award will help support the use of research-based management practices and advance land protection in the region. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2024

Beating the Heat

Was it hot enough for you this summer? One researcher at the University of Florida wants to get a better understanding of how to make popular tourist areas around the state more comfortable during the hottest times. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2023


St. Johns County is celebrating the history and achievements of the Gullah Geechee community, along with a decade of its annual festival. Over more than 450 years, the West and Central African influence on the communities of Spuds, Elkton and Armstrong, located in southwestern St. Johns County, helped shape the region's culture and economy. Read more »
Published on 12/11/2023

Commercial Composter

Sunshine Organics & Compost of Jacksonville is a trashy business in the best way possible. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2023

Rolling in Dough

Veronica Anderson began offering her cookies for sale to colleagues decades ago while working at BellSouth in Jacksonville. As word of the treats spread beyond her workplace, a business was born. Read more »
Published on 10/19/2023

Making Progress

As Florida focuses on growing its economy, experts say one of the most productive places to expand is in manufacturing. The sector pays about 117% of average annual wages in Florida, creates both blue and white-collar jobs and has one of the highest multiplier effects for return on investment. Every $1 in manufactured goods produces $3.60 across all other sectors. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2023

Helping Black-Owned Businesses Thrive

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Black-owned businesses faced challenges accessing loans and other assistance to help them survive. To get a sense of the problem, entrepreneurial leadership coach Valecia Dunbar of Jacksonville teamed up with fellow entrepreneurs to survey those businesses and see how they might help. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2023

Outfitting Firewomen

Women make up 9% of firefighters in the U.S. One challenge they face is finding clothing that fits well and is affordable. Shirts or pants made of Nomex, a fire- and heat-resistant material, can cost a couple of hundred dollars each and women's gear is often pricier, in effect creating a “pink tax” for female firefighters. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2023

Unlocking Potential

Florida State College of Jacksonville and The Arc Jacksonville, a local non-profit that serve and advocates for individuals with intellectual and development differences (IDD), have created a vocational program called Career Campus to help young adults with IDD transition to the workforce. Read more »
Published on 7/20/2023

Connecting Seniors

After spending time with his grandparents, who live in the Villages, Lyman Starmer, 19, of Jacksonville started to think about the online platforms that connect residents of adult communities. At age 17, he started an online platform called Perspective with the goal of connecting people on bipartisan issues. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2023

Smooth Sailing

St. Augustine Sailing, which offers private luxury charters and sailing lessons, has not just one, two or three family members involved in the business. There are seven of them working together. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2023

Altering Fentanyl

INNOVATION A University of Florida professor and researchers from around the U.S. have found a way to make fentanyl less addictive. Although fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, helps people with severe... Read more »
Published on 4/25/2023

Marina Repairs

After sustaining damage from Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, St. Augustine will receive $750,000 toward repairs for the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. The total cost for the repairs is projected to be $2 million. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2023

Med School at JU

Jacksonville University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) have partnered to establish LECOM at Jacksonville University. LECOM plans to have an inaugural class of about 75 students in 2026 who will work toward a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Read more »
Published on 2/22/2023

Northeast Florida's economic forecast for 2023

“North- Central Florida's thriving life sciences industry is home to numerous highly collaborative businesses that support, encourage and strengthen each other to drive innovation and positively impact the community. The region's proximity to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College provides a very strong talent pool that is essential to supporting growing businesses. RTI Surgical has a private-label OEM business model and partners with leading medical technology companies to address unmet needs in the tissue and biologics regenerative medical device markets.” Read more »
Published on 1/1/2023

Jacksonville small-craft distillery among first in Florida to enter canned cocktail market

Manifest Distilling of Jacksonville is now selling a line of canned cocktails, making it among the first of Florida's small craft distilleries to do so. Read more »
Published on 12/30/2022

New program developed to help Florida job seekers find new careers based on location

CareerSource North Central Florida in Gainesville has been testing a program designed to help job seekers more easily find out location-specific information about jobs, salaries and demand. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

Lifelong medical challenges inspire growth of Amelia Island Microgreens

Connor Hiebel, 17, of Fernandina Beach, combines his business acumen with a commitment to healthy eating through his business Amelia Island Microgreens, which started in 2020. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2022

UF Veterinary Hospital opens at World Equestrian Center in Ocala

The University of Florida Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala recently opened. Services at the 40,000-sq.-ft. facility include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and sports medicine with a combination of advanced diagnostic imaging technology. Local pet owners can also use the facility. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

UF researchers successfully grow plants in lunar soil

Lunar Sprouts University of Florida scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon, a first in history and a milestone in lunar and space exploration. Researchers showed that the... Read more »
Published on 7/31/2022

UF grad Bryce Ballard creates way to prevent freezer burn with Ice Cream Guard

Last summer, Ocala native Bryce Ballard challenged himself to find a way to prevent freezer burn. Read more »
Published on 6/21/2022

UF's Gator MOMiter helps doctors to better communicate with mothers after they've given birth

To help physicians better communicate with patients, the UF Department of Medicine's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department has developed a phone app called Gator MOMiter... Read more »
Published on 5/31/2022

Building designers create panels that resemble stone, brick or marble with a versatile lightweight concrete

INNOVATION Versatile Concrete In the last few years, Jacksonville-based prefabricated concrete company Gate Precast has experimented with a versatile lightweight architectural concrete layer. Designers can create concrete panels that resemble... Read more »
Published on 4/19/2022

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