Jacksonville's North side has seen it's share of ups and downs during the past few decades. The area has struggled with higher than normal unemployment, higher crime rates and stagnate property values, just to name a few of the reasons why this section of the city has remained dormant.
Little by little, the area has witnessed pockets of sizable growth, while still facing many of these uphill challenges. In the late 80's(1989), the Dames Point Bridge was completed, connecting Arlington to the North side and making it much easier for residents on both sides of the St Johns River to commute and connect.
JaxPort continued in it's development and now is one of the busiest ports on the eastern sea board. Over 65,000 employees are impacted from the business derived from the cargo and business that comes through JaxPort each year.
The Jacksonville International Airport is also located in Jacksonville's North side. The airport has also expanded extensively over the years. As a result, the North side has strategically evolved a hub for maritime, air and ground shipping that is now making it a very desirable areas for major companies to consider when relocating to the southeast or gateway to Florida.
Most Recently (after 7 years of discussions and negotiations), Amazon decided to choose a prime location in the emerging section of Jacksonville's North side, very close to Pecan Park Rd. Amazon will employ around 1,500 employees with both full time salaried employees and competitive hourly wage positions. Something the North side has needed for decades.
Shortly after the purchase and benefits of choosing the North side location, Amazon once again chose Jacksonville to add a second fulfillment center which should add an additional 1,200 jobs to the area. The 2 separate facilities will create close to 2,700 jobs n the Jacksonville area and is considered to be one of the largest single employers to create such expansive growth in our city.