Toni Woods, senior media relations consultant for GuideWell, said the contract jobs are temporary, mostly ending in December. She said the company will begin hiring for them again in March to start in July.
“We continue to grow here in Jacksonville and wanted to expand our presence at the Riverside tower,” Florida Blue North Florida Market President Darnell Smith said in a news release. “Our Riverside office is centrally located and an attractive career opportunity for potential employees who live north and west of downtown.”
In the news release, Mayor Lenny Curry linked the jobs expansion to a proposed $22.5 million, 869-space parking garage Florida Blue plans to build on city-owned property near the company’s Riverside office.
“GuideWell’s continued growth in Jacksonville demonstrates their confidence in our local economy,” Curry said in a statement. “These 750 new jobs and the parking garage will positively contribute to economic activity and I am proud the administration was able to help facilitate this job creation.”
The City Council approved a $29.9 million city and state-backed incentives package Sept. 10 for Sharp, which matches the needs of Jacksonville-based Fortune 500 company Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
That agreement states Sharp will maintain its existing 1,216 jobs in Jacksonville, which mirrors the FIS workforce. Sharp’s new jobs will have an average salary of $85,000.
By: Mike Mendenhall