Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida and the 11th most populous city in the United States. Located on the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville has the largest deepwater port in the South and is a leading port for automobile imports, as well as the leading transportation and distribution hub in Florida. Lumber, phosphate, paper, cigars and wood pulp are the principal exports, while automobiles and coffee are among the top imports. Two ports, multiple interstate highways and exceptional air and rail connections have made Northeast Florida a hub for international trade and distribution.
Highway signs across Jacksonville proclaim the city as Americas Logistic Center, a marketing effort in 2009 by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce to drive growth in logistics, the catch-all name for the movement of cargo through the global supply chain. Jacksonville is headquarters of several companies in logistics such as CSX, Landstar and Crowley Maritime. New companies have also been moving to Jacksonville to take advantage of the areas two major interstates, airport system, the three major railroad lines and the sea port. The total of 40,000 employed in distribution and warehousing makes logistics one of Northwest Floridas strongest industry sectors, and JaxPort boasts the nations No. 1 ranking for vehicle exports. CSX, Norfolk Southern and RailAmerica provide rails that can reach a potential 45 million customers within eight hours.
Jacksonville is home to four Fortune 500 companies, including CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, Fidelity National Information Services and Winn Dixie Stores, Inc. The city is also home to at least 80 other corporate, regional and divisional headquarters. The banking and insurance industries have long been key components of Jacksonville's economy, employing 55,000 workers, and the numbers are growing.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, which joined the National Football League as an expansion team in 1995, is the city's main sports team. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour, which organizes the main professional golf tournaments in the United States, is headquartered in the suburb of Ponte Vedra Beach, where it holds The Players Championship every year.
Jacksonville operates the largest urban park system in the United States, providing facilities and services at more than 337 locations on more than 80,000 acres throughout the city. Several parks around the city have received international recognition, including downtowns Hemming Plaza, which is Jacksonville's first and oldest park.
The city center includes the Jacksonville Landing and the Jacksonville Riverwalks. The Landing is a popular riverfront dining and shopping venue. Adjacent to Museum Circle is St. Johns River Park, also known as Friendship Park. It is the location of Friendship Fountain, one of the most recognizable and popular attractions for locals as well as tourists in Jacksonville. This landmark was built in 1965 and promoted as the Worlds Tallest and Largest fountain at the time.
Jacksonville was named to AmericanStyle magazines Top 25 Big Cities for Art. The Jazz Festival, Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Museum of Science and History, Maritime Heritage Center and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are among the regions arts and cultural assets.
Jacksonville is a great place to do business, and to work and enjoy.
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