Governor Rick Scott today celebrated mega-site certification by McCallum Sweeney Consulting for the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park in Nassau County. Crawford Diamond Industrial Park, an 1,800-acre industrial site with rare dual Class I rail access, became the state’s second certified site and the first in Nassau County. Because of this site certification, businesses can be assured that this property is ready for development and commerce.
Governor Rick Scott said, “This property is the first of its kind in the area and is a game changer for Northeast Florida and our state. In just over two years, we have already created over 330,000 private-sector jobs and our unemployment rate has dipped to 7.2 percent – well below the national average.
“This is a very rare and valuable site and an ideal location for any large-scale manufacturer or distributor. This site also has direct rail access to JAXPort and sits near five deepwater ports, four marine terminals, two interstate highways and an international airport. This is the perfect place for any company wanting to do business across the nation and worldwide. Projects like this will help us continue to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families.”
Paul Boynton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rayonier said, “With the intersection of two class one railroads, and close proximity to both I-10 and I-95 and four deep water ports, Crawford Diamond is one of the top industrial sites in the State of Florida. Rayonier is confident that the business-friendly environment championed by Governor Scott and the proactive development policies of Nassau County will attract companies to the property. Crawford Diamond has great potential to be an economic game changer for the County and Northeast Florida.” Crawford Diamond is owned and managed by TerraPointe, the real estate subsidiary of Rayonier
Steve Rieck, Executive Director of the Nassau County Economic Development Board said, “This is a big step forward in our five-year strategic plan, Nassau Tomorrow. Megasite certification validates Crawford Diamond’s status as one of the top industrial sites in the country. Certification is the stamp of approval that many major companies now require before they’ll even consider a site for expansion or relocation, as it signifies the site is served with adequate infrastructure, properly zoned, and relatively risk free. With certification complete, Crawford Diamond is sure to quickly attract large employers to our region, helping us meet Nassau Tomorrow’s goal of 3,800 new jobs.”
Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope said, “Certification of the Crawford Diamond site is about preparing our communities in Northeast Florida for job growth. By having a certified site, we now have a new competitive product to offer companies looking for a business-friendly climate and site-ready location. I want to thank McCallum Sweeney Consulting for the assistance and expertise they provided Nassau County throughout the process.”
Crawford Diamond is already approved for up to 10.5 million square feet of industrial land use, which can include manufacturing, assembly, warehousing and distribution, as well as an intermodal inland port or logistics center. The site was also recently recognized by Southern Business & Development magazine as one of the nation’s “Ten Rail-Served Sites that Deserve a Second Look.” In addition to certification, Crawford Diamond features an even faster development timeframe than many similar sites due to local expedited permitting procedures. Nassau County boasts a 30-day permitting process with no concurrency, which allow companies to begin development as soon as possible.