JAXPORT signs MoU with Volusia County as part of business strategy

JAXPORT signs MoU to as part of business strategy

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) in Northeast Florida and Volusia County in Central Florida have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a working relationship to promote each other’s geographical and business advantages.

The goal of the partnership is to attract more global businesses to Volusia County, bring more Florida-bound cargo through JAXPORT and create high-wage jobs for Florida, according to a statement.

Under the agreement, JAXPORT and Volusia County will work together to attract new distribution, manufacturing and related facilities to Volusia County while also highlighting the logistics benefits of moving cargo bound for Central Florida through JAXPORT.

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, said, “As we continue to invest in our state’s transportation system, including our ports, roads and rail, it’s rewarding to see those investments being put to work to benefit communities across county and regional lines.

“This type of teamwork helps market Florida’s world-class infrastructure to the world, bringing more jobs and businesses to our state while maximizing the return on the investments we’ve made for the citizens of Florida.”

Florida Secretary of Commerce Jamal Sowell, also commented, “Connectivity is what we do best in Florida and this agreement is a perfect example.

“By partnering together, JAXPORT and Volusia County are maximizing infrastructure and putting job creation front and center. This is great news for the region’s exporters and the Floridians they employ.”

The goal of the MOU is to provide Volusia County businesses with convenient access to Northeast Florida’s nearby deepwater seaport and congestion-free transportation network.

JAXPORT CEO Eric Green, was quoted as saying, “We are grateful for the support we’ve received over the years from our federal, state and local partners, and will continue to work to leverage these investments for the benefit of our customers and community.

“We are thrilled to work with Volusia County as part of JAXPORT’s ongoing effort to encourage businesses who are creating goods for Florida consumers to bring their operations, cargo and jobs to our state.”

The agreement will complement JAXPORT’s long-standing work with JAXUSA Partnership to support global business development in the seven counties within the JAXUSA area. The MoU expands JAXPORT’s reach into the rapidly growing Central Florida market.

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