Steve Rieck brings us up to date on Nassau Tomorrow
The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently enjoyed a presentation by Nassau County Economic Development Board Executive Director Steve Rieck on Nassau Tomorrow the organization’s five-year strategy to create jobs in Nassau County. The long-term plan is designed to create at least 2,500 primary jobs and 1,300 secondary jobs with total combined annual earnings of some $114 million. To achieve this goal, Nassau Tomorrow stakeholders intend to raise $2 million to expand the area’s economic base through business recruitment and marketing, retention of existing businesses and workforce development, government affairs, communications and public relations and investor relations. The group has already raised $660,000 from the private sector. The plan has targeted six locations for development in the county as a base for job creation and is working with Rayonier’s land development subsidiary, TerraPointe, which owns the property to prepare these as future sites for high-wage-paying companies. In closing, Rieck said the ultimate goal of Nassau Tomorrow is two-fold: Building local businesses and creating new jobs while also providing more opportunities for residents to work in Nassau County and not have to commute to earn a living.