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Bringing new businesses to Jacksonville

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Updated: 2/01 4:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- City leaders are taking a hard look at a program designed to bring new business to our area.

Jacksonville's skyline hasn't changed much since 2004, but the number of companies bringing their businesses to the River City has.

City Councilman Greg Anderson says that's why the city is reviewing its 8-year-old policy on giving businesses incentive money to move here.

Action News obtained a new list from the city. Since 2004, 16 companies were offered money to set up shop in Jacksonville, but later canceled plans and passed up the cash incentives. It cost Jacksonville about 1,200 jobs.

"The process is probably not working as smoothly," said Anderson.

The report shows an uptick last year with 1,835 jobs being created. In November, we told you how the city lost more than $100,000 in the past because of broken promises from businesses.

"Making sure the company that moves here does bring the jobs they promised," said Anderson.

One taxpayer just hopes that doesn't happen again.

"We want things that are going to help us grow and do better," said David Fulton.

With the jobs created last year, more than $350,000 was brought into the city.
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