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Stonework Company From Former Soviet Republic Opening 30-Job Distribution Hub in Palm Coast

| October 6, 2017

Kamara Stone USA is based in Georgia, the nation in Southwest Asia, and plans to create 30 jobs over the next four years, distributing granite, marble and mosaics from its Hargrove Grade location.

Sheriff Hires 13 Deputies, Underscoring Turnover of More Than 100 in Three Years

| September 22, 2015

Well over a third of the Flagler Sheriff’s 285 positions have turned over in Jim Manfre’s three-year tenure, while 85 percent of full-timers have less than 15 years’ service–and a third have less than three years.

We Don’t Oppose Sea Ray. We Oppose Pollutants and Debasing Flagler Beach’s Quality of Life.

| March 13, 2015

Two Flagler Beach residents lay out the case against Sea Ray’s proposed land use change to accommodate a parking lot, a change opponents say paves the way for more pollution without compelling the company to take stronger toxic-emission control measures.

Aveo Engineering Set to Sign 40-Year Lease for Flagler County Airport Sites

| September 16, 2013

Aveo Engineering, which plans to hire some 300 people by 2016, will pay $1,089 a month per acre, and intends to build two structures on up to a dozen acres at the south end of the airport, including a design and manufacturing plant.

Again in Flagler, Gov. Scott Headlines Aveo Co.’s 300-Jobs Groundbreaking at Airport

| July 30, 2013

If the 300 promised jobs are produced, landing Aveo Engineering in Flagler County will prove to be the largest single gain of private-employer jobs in memory, and an unqualified success for the county administration’s new economic development department under Helga van Eckert. But the company is getting generous incentives beyond the $150,000 in cash for jobs retained.

Nielsen’s Aveo Engineering Taxies to Take Off at Flagler Airport in County’s Latest Jobs Coup

| July 29, 2013

It’s been billed as a secret, jobs-producing company the county administration’s economic development team will unveil at the Flagler County Airport Tuesday morning, but there’s little secret about it: Aveo Engineering, a maker of LED light products in the aeronautic industry, is bringing some 300 jobs to the airport.

In a Coup for Coastal Cloud, Gov. Scott in Flagler Today to Dedicate New IT Company

| February 26, 2013

Florida Governor Rick Scott will join the Flagler County Commission Tuesday morning in the ribbon cutting ceremony of Coastal Cloud, a cutting-edge Information Technology consulting company to be headquartered in Flagler County.

Florida Unemployment Falls Sharply to 8.1%, But Flagler’s Edges Back Up to 11.4%

| December 21, 2012

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped sharply in November, to 8.1 percent, from 8.5 percent last month–and 10.1 percent a year ago–but Flagler County’s unemployment rate rose a decimal point, to 11.4 percent.

Florida Unemployment Unchanged at 8.8%, Flagler’s Dips Slightly, to 12.4% in August

| September 21, 2012

Florida’s unemployment rate was unchanged in August, at 8.8 percent, as the state added just 23,200 jobs–for a total of just 77,800 in the past 12 months–while Flagler County’s rate dipped to 12.4 percent. Flagler’s rate has been in the 12 percent range since February.

The Downside of Tourism Jobs, and What North Carolina Can Teach Florida

| September 5, 2012

Florida is adding jobs, but mostly in tourism and service industry, low-skilled work that has involuntarily forced people into part-time employment. North Carolina has seen more employment grow in the information technology and research sectors. These jobs tend to offer higher pay and more stability.

Farm to Flag: One Commissioner’s Idea to Cultivate Flagler’s Agricultural Powers

| August 27, 2012

Ideally, Farm to Flag would provide fresh foods to public nutrition programs while revitalizing the area’s major agricultural industries, creating more jobs and boosting the local economy through one of its traditional mainstays. But the program is rife with obstacles.

Palm Coast Data Revenue Down Another 20% in Latest Quarter as Parent Company Posts Loss

| August 10, 2012

Palm Coast Data’s entire revenue for 2012 was less than half its revenue for just two quarters barely four years ago, when it signed a job-incentive deal with Palm Coast government and the state of Florida. The promised jobs have not materialized.

Flagler Unemployment Improves to 13.5%, Florida’s to 9.6% as Trend Solidifies

| March 13, 2012

Flagler County’s January unemployment rate of 13.5 percent,. released Tuesday, is the best in three years, going back to December 2008, when it was 11.8 percent.

County’s Economic Board Would Exclude Cities and Bank on $400,000 a Year in Tax Dollars

| August 23, 2011

The county commission’s latest direction was surprising and divided, as a 3-2 majority settled on an economic development board with just one government represented–the county–and eight seats filled by business representatives with economic development experience.

Coalition of Cities Meets in Wake of One Agency’s Death and Its Own Uncertain Life

| August 21, 2011

The Flagler County Coalition of Cities held its second meeting only for its Flagler Beach, Bunnell and Beverly Beach members to confirm what’s already known: that much remains unknown about the future of the county’s plan to fight unemployment.

Enterprise Flagler Is No More

| August 18, 2011

After 11 years, Enterprise Flagler voted unanimously on Thursday to disband, a vote reflecting resignation to financial realities (Palm Coast and Flagler County are no longer funding the agency) rather than enthusiasm from Enterprise Flagler members. There is no clear plan in place to replace the agency’s work.

Fact Check: The Economy By the Numbers

| August 5, 2011

A sobering look at the real economy’s numbers broken down in easy-to-chew bullet points, from national to local numbers. Spam can not included.

With or Without Palm Coast, County Would Lead New Economic Development Council

| July 29, 2011

The county’s proposal would mean the end of Enterprise Flagler and the creation of a 9-member council chaired by the county, with cities and private-sector membership overseeing a $410,000 budget. Palm Coast’s buy in is a question mark.

Palm Coast Data Revenue Drops 20% in 2011; Parent Company Posts $7.6 Million Loss

| July 21, 2011

Revenue at Palm Coast’s largest private-sector employer declined to $73.6 million, from $92 million the previous year. The company’s revenue has dropped 40 percent in four years.

Flagler’s Economic Development Plans In the Air as County-Wide Summit Is Cancelled

| June 13, 2011

Between the unfinished work of some committees and the divisive fallout from a proposed restructuring of Enterprise Flagler, what was to be the sixth summit since January is delayed to an uncertain date.

Palm Coast Data Lays Off Dozens and Loses Large NRA Membership Services Account

| June 5, 2011

The NRA account represented 5 million members and a lucrative source of income. The loss compounds other losses in magazine titles that are either closing or migrating to other fulfillment companies.

In Day of No-Shows, Latest Economic Summit Slouches Toward Enterprise Flagler

| May 13, 2011

The end isn’t near: Friday’s economic-development summit between local governments and business launched more committee meetings and assigned Enterprise Flagler the responsibility of devising who might lead the effort in the future.

Summit-Scaling: Enterprise Flagler, Rising Again, Wants $6.5 Million Over 3 Years

| May 12, 2011

What you can expect at Friday’s economic-development summit: Demands for more tax dollars, speculative promises of thousands of jobs from executives, skepticism and disconnects. In short, a retread of old scenarios.

Cancel This Subscription: Palm Coast Data Revenue Plummets Another 21% in 3Q

| March 16, 2011

Palm Coast Data revenue fell $15.7 million in the last nine months, compared with the same period a year earlier as trouble for the company and its parent, Amrep, continue.

Palm Coast Data Parent’s Headaches: Diving Revenue and $22.5 Million Loan Due

| December 13, 2010

At Palm Coast Data, revenue declined $10.9 million in the six months ending Oct. 31, a 22 percent decline from the same period last year. Palm Coast Data parent AMREP Corp.’s Southwest subsidiary owes a $22.5 million loan to be repaid on Dec. 16.

Defeated Without a Vote, Economic Tax Talk Shifts Back Uncertainly to the County

| October 4, 2010

A sales tax increase to fund economic development may still be discussed, but its chances of being enacted any time soon are slim to none. Governments want to talk.

Palm Coast Data’s Invitation-Only Picnic: Hot Dogs, Flattery and Suspended Disbelief

| October 1, 2010

Half Palm Coast and the county’s elected officials and top administrators were invited to Palm Coast Data’s picnic. The public wasn’t. That’s not the main problem.

Enterprise Flagler’s Tax-and-Build Plan Bombs as Tea Party Wags a Big No

| September 21, 2010

Not unexpectedly, a tea party crowd of about 250 clearly rejected the proposal, appearing on November’s ballot, to raise taxes to build industrial structures in hopes of getting new jobs.

Enterprise Flagler’s Tax and Build Plan, Part 4: Wins and Losses

| August 30, 2010

Part 4 of Enterprise Flagler’s “economic development” tax plan, word for word.

Enterprise Flagler’s Tax and Build Plan, Part 3: Details and Talking Points

| August 30, 2010

Part 3 of Enterprise Flagler’s “economic development” tax plan, word for word: Details and Talking Points of the what and where. (Flagler’s New Game Plan)


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