About the Strategy



The JAXUSA Partnership and the Northeast Florida Regional Council took the lead role in the Innovate Northeast Florida strategic planning process. The JAXUSA Partnership and Regional Council engaged a team of national consultants to help facilitate strategy, including Avalanche Consulting, McCallum Sweeney Consulting, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and Infinity Global Solutions.

The Innovate Northeast Florida strategy was completed in April 2012 and resulted in four in-depth reports:

  • Competitive Analysis – providing a detailed evaluation of our region’s competitive strengths and areas for improvement
  • Target Sub-Cluster Definition Report – containing detailed profiles of each target cluster and sub-cluster
  • Education Infrastructure Assessment – containing an evaluation of all educational programs in the seven-country region, and a comparison of those programs with the talent needs of the target clusters
  • Target Implementation Plans – recommending specific community development, workforce development, business development and marketing actions for each target audience, including a timeline, budget and metrics

The consulting team, the JAXUSA Partnership, and the Northeast Florida Regional Council would like to thank Elaine Johnson of Florida Blue and Bob Rhodes, Jacksonville Attorney, for serving as co-chairs for this important initiative, as well as the 50 members of the Innovate Northeast Florida Steering Committee who provided invaluable insight and guidance throughout the planning process.

JAXUSA Partnership

JAXUSA Partnership is a regional economic development partnership comprised of almost 200 top private sector investors in Northeast Florida in partnership with the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, JEDC, JEA, JAXPORT, JAA, JTA, WorkSource and the regional county partners – Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Our purpose is to facilitate the creation and retention of quality jobs and significant capital investment, resulting in a higher standard of living and better quality of life in Northeast Florida.

Northeast Florida Regional Council

Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) is a dynamic network of local governance, serving seven counties – Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau and St. Johns – and their 27 municipalities. Our organization provides visionary leadership and coordination between counties and governmental agencies to preserve and enhance the quality of Northeast Florida’s natural, man-made, economic, and social environment.

Project Funding

Funding for Innovate Northeast Florida was provided by the following generous organizations:

  CareerSource Northeast Florida