Day: June 23, 2022

Is Economic Growth Good for Our Communities?

Everybody talks about economic growth as a priority. Politicians cite growth statistics on the campaign trail, residents talk about the need for more retail options and better-paying jobs and businesses and developers look to capitalize on shifting demographics and population growth. It is acknowledged that economic development is a good thing in the abstract, but […]Read More

The Big Picture on Economic Growth

From his desk in Jacksonville, Aundra Wallace takes a broader perspective on economic growth than most people. As president of the JAXUSA Partnership, it’s part of the job description. But that 50,000-foot view doesn’t obscure realities on the ground for real people. “When you think about any community, any region, it’s about people,” Wallace said. […]Read More

Growing in the First Coast Region Despite Current Challenges

COVID, inflation, challenging election cycles – the past two years have been the perfect storm to wreak havoc on the nation’s economy. Despite the many challenges, businesses in northeast Florida are finding innovative ways to not only keep employees on the payroll but also, in some cases, expand profitability and their footprint as Florida rolls […]Read More

Young Visionaries Dream Big on the First Coast

Pandemic hurdles have not dampened Florida’s entrepreneurial spirit. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that of 5.4 million new business applications filed last year, Florida represented 683,a680. Among these are young visionaries driven to chase their dreams. Evolve Magazine got to meet a few of them. What follows are snapshots of their stories’ origins and innovations. […]Read More

Doing the Pandemic Pivot: New Businesses Survive – and Even

It’s a widely told story — the pandemic crushed local businesses, taking a financial toll on so many. Most of the success stories were from mammoth companies such as Amazon, while the stories about small and local businesses were those of sinking ships. It’s true that so many shops, daycares, restaurants and event spaces shut […]Read More

What is a Growth Mindset?

SPONSORED CONTENT If you believe your talents can be developed through effort, persistence and input from others, then you can simply say that you have a “growth mindset.” We all make statements like, “I’m not good with numbers” or “I’m not a runner.” Combining that with a “YET” is a tactic some use when they […]Read More

Community Service Is Good Business

Ponte Vedra Rotary Club Serves St. Johns County Residents Many people have seen the Rotary logo or heard of Rotary in one place or another, but few truly know what it means to be a Rotarian. “What it means to be a Rotarian is very personal to me as I was lucky enough to be […]Read More

Florida Plans on Growth in Order to Thrive in the

Florida certainly is a popular place to move to – growing in population the second-most of any state between the 2010 and 2020 census counts. Only Texas grew by more people than Florida. That population growth in Florida is expected to continue higher growth than in most states. The current estimate from the Bureau of […]Read More

From The Publisher-Summer 2022

The Business of Growth. When we first selected this theme, some members of the staff and the board thought we were intending to write articles either defending or criticizing “overdevelopment”. Instead, we had to make it clear that our focus would be on economic growth and opportunity. Which is to say, “business growth”. Clearly there […]Read More