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Local job seekers banking on the future of Jaxport

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Updated: 7/26/2013 7:25 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaxport is being considered the city's hub for economic growth. Two pending projects could maximize the use of the port's terminals, allowing for larger cargo ships to bring double the goods.  It's an idea that has full support from local businessman, Dennis Kelly.

"Without having shipping companies that have the means to compete with a global economy in your backyard, you miss the boat on opportunity for new growths, new opportunity for exports and exports create a lot of new jobs," he said.

Kelly is the Regional Vice President and General Manager for Trapac. he tells Action News they're operating a terminal in Jacksonville at less than 25 percent, with about 100 employees. Once they're 100 percent operational, he says they would need to hire about 400 additional people.

"More support people, with that what I'm saying is operating the terminal, running the terminal and more truck drivers will come in," he said.

Action News caught up with a full-time job seeker, who tells us he's been waiting for an opportunity to open up at Jaxport.

"I'm hoping the project goes through. One because it will increase the economy of Jacksonville, and two it will provide jobs to those such as myself who are seeking a job and seeking a place, in not just a job, but a career," said DeAngelo Chaney.

Chaney says the career would help him put money right back into our local economy.
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