Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2019

Featuring Elevate Northeast Florida


Elevate is a comprehensive document that includes detailed information on the economic conditions of the region. The Highlights page below provides a user friendly navigation tool to enable the future users of this document to find the CEDS elements.


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

Elevate Workforce Development Assessment

The Workforce Skills Assessment will analyze the skill sets of Northeast Florida’s workforce and highlight workforce attributes that distinguish Northeast Florida from the competition or need improvement. Report 3 will also include an examination of existing educational pathways, current and potential gaps in workforce supply, and opportunities for transitioning workers to higher growth careers.

Appendix: Education Asset Inventory: Industry Definitions

Elevate Marketing & Strategic Plan

The final report of Elevate Northeast Florida will provide marketing and community investment recommendations to help the region be even more competitive globally. Report 4 will also include an implementation timeline, estimated budget, and performance metrics that will equip Northeast Florida leaders with the tools it needs to successfully implement the Strategy.

Appendix A: Industry Profile – Agriculture

Appendix B: Resiliency

Appendix C: Six Pillars Data