October 31, 2008 by Emsi Burning Glass
Director of Research
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Melanie Moore is currently using EMSI’s analysis to perform a data-focused report of how Jacksonville compares to its 17 biggest competitors in recruiting targeted industries. The study will allow Moore to show how Jacksonville stacks up to a wide range of cities in terms of employment numbers and projected growth in particular industries. For example, Jacksonville competes with New York and Boston in the financial services sector, while its chief competitors in transportation are Savannah, Georgia and Mobile, Alabama. Transportation is a key industry for Jacksonville because two major interstates intersect there. Moore also appreciates EMSI’s tool when she compiles information for prospective businesses, particularly when she needs to glean data for all ZIP codes within a 30- or 40-mile radius around the city. “It’s so nice to be able slice and dice the data however you need it, and do it quickly and easily,” she says.