In March 2018, the JAXUSA Partnership, Northeast Florida Regional Council, CareerSource Northeast Florida, and other partners initiated a Regional Economic Development Strategy to improve regional competitiveness and collaboration throughout Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. Avalanche Consulting, a national economic development consultancy, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national nonprofit focused on lifelong learning, were selected to facilitate the preparation of the economic development and workforce development strategy. The Elevate Northeast Florida Strategy will serve as a guide for policies, programs, and investments that ensure the region’s continued economic dynamism.
Elevate Report 1: Economic Assessment & Community Benchmarking
This first report of the Elevate Northeast Florida Strategy includes in-depth analysis of the region’s current economic and demographic conditions in comparison to national and statewide trends, as well as selected benchmark regions. The first report also includes a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) based on both quantitative and qualitative information gathered through focus groups, interviews, and an online survey.
Elevate Report 2: Target Industry Validation and Update
Report 2 examines the current status of the region’s existing target industries and niche sectors that can be integrated into an updated target list for future economic development efforts. The Target Industry Validation & Update includes written profiles for each target industry, marketing messages, and an industry trend analysis.
Appendix 1: Industry Analysis
Appendix 2: Ideas from Benchmark Regions