When most people think of Florida I would say that Jacksonville is not the first city that comes to mind. After all, Mickey does not live here and the Gator's only come once a year. This does not mean that Jacksonville has nothing to offer. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Jacksonville has many business and recreational opportunities not found in other parts of Florida. The Jacksonville Port Authority (AKA JAXPORT) is the Florida port of choice for global trade and intermodal transportation. CSX coporation, and international shipping company, with over 30,000 employees has its headquarters in Jacksonville. Hanjin Shipping has also recognized the strategic position of Jacksonville and has a $300 million cargo terminal scheduled to open by 2016. Tourism is on the rise in Jacksonville with Carnival Cruise Lines embarking from Jacksonville to the Bahamas, Key West and other exotic ports of call. In addition to the shipping industry Jacksonville is one of the insurance and banking capitals of the south with the 617 ft tall Bank Of America tower, the tallest building in Jacksonville, and and Blue Cross & Blue Shield with 6,000 employees.
The are also several highly rated colleges and universities that have turned out notable alumni like Todd Haley, UNF grad 1991, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and David M. Walker, JU grad 1973, who served as United States Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008.
Jacksonville, also known as The River City, is a boaters heaven with hundreds of miles of inland waterways and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean.
This ia also a great time to be a home buyer in Jacksonville. Interest rates are at record lows, prices are way down form their highs in 2006, and there are lots of great homes to choose from. If you are looking for a home feel free to use my MLS search feature where you will have access to all available homes for sale in Jacksonville and North East Florida.
If you have not been to Jacksonville you may enjoy this video tour that covers some of the highlights and attractions Jacksonville has to offer it's residents and vistors alike. You may decide that Jacksonville is your place in the sun.