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Economic Profile

Discover a great place to grow your business

Nassau County offers businesses a strategically appealing location, an impressive transportation network, a portfolio of existing and shovel-ready commercial and industrial sites, competitive incentives and an educated workforce.

Nassau’s bountiful housing options, attractive cost of living and unparalleled quality of life with outstanding educational, medical and recreational resources help businesses attract qualified workers.

The diverse economy includes agricultural activity in the west and central areas, and a variety of commercial, industrial, public sector and retail activities in the east.

Tree farming is a continuing economic force with small tree farms in the western county and large forested land holdings by Rayonier, owner of one of the two mills in Fernandina Beach. The other is owned by RockTenn.

Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are important tourist destinations, attracting hundreds of thousands each year. Tourism is Nassau County’s largest job creator and a leading driver of our economy.

Located within 750 miles of 13 major U.S. cities, Nassau County is easily accessible to Jacksonville International Airport. Served by two major railways, Nassau is also home to the deepest natural port on the southeastern U.S. coastline.

Development-ready industrial parks in Nassau include the 1,800-acre Crawford Diamond in Bryceville, one of only two Megasite Certified sites in Florida and the only dual-rail served site in the state; Nassau Crossing, located on a 130-acre site between US 17 and Harts Road in Yulee; and the 200-acre Nassau Tradeplex in Yulee, the county’s first master-planned industrial park.

The 24,000-acre East Nassau Community Planning Area, a state-approved Sector Plan in Yulee, offers a unique opportunity to strategically plan for future growth in an area ideally suited for new urban development. The first detailed site area plan is for a mixed use development encompassing 4,200 acres selected for their economic development potential; the land uses include commercial, industrial and residential anchored by a new school.

In 2012, ntural gas become available to businesses in Nassau County. A gas main serves RockTenn in Fernandina Beach and natural gas is now available to most Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island businesses while Florida Public Utilities continues to expand gas system to Yulee and other Nassau County areas.

From high-tech start-ups to large manufacturing facilities and world headquarters to world-class resorts, the businesses in Nassau County are diverse, yet they all have one shared connection: they chose Nassau County as the place to do business.

Fast Facts

Nassau County’s projected population in 2015 is 77,573

Nassau County’s average annual wage in 2012 was $39,728

Amelia Island attracted more than 550,000 visitors from July 2013 to July 2014, with a total economic impact of more than $485 million

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