CALLAHAN, Fla. -- Crawford Diamond Industrial Park's certification as a "megasite" is an important step to attracting commerce and development, which in turn will attract jobs, according to Gov. Rick Scott and Nassau County leaders.
Gov. Scott was in Callahan on Tuesday to celebrate the certification of the site, which is 1,800 acres and has dual Class I rail access.
"This is a very rare and valuable site and an ideal location for any large-scale manufacturer or distributor," Scott said. "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."
Crawford Diamond was awarded the certification by McCallum Sweeney Consulting, which, according to its website, prides itself on "helping companies decide where to build."
The certification will bring new jobs to Nassau County, according to Steve Rieck, executive director of the Nassau County Economic Development Board.
"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," Rieck said.
Crawford Diamond is also approved for up to 10.5 million square feet of industrial land use, which can include logistics, warehousing, manufacturing or assembly, according to a release from Scott's office.