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District 6 Jacksonville City Council member Matt Schellenberg, HabiJax CEO Mary Kay O'Rourke, Daily's President and CEO Aubrey Edge and Brett Hartley, principal of Crown Point Elementary School, cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Daily's convenienc...
Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jun. 8, 201712:00 PM EST

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Daily’s opens 30th store in Northeast Florida

Jacksonville-based Daily’s celebrated the grand opening Friday of its convenience store at 9551 San Jose Blvd., which is its 30th location in North Florida.

It also is the 18th Daily’s Dash food-service location. Parent company First Coast Energy owns and operates more than 200 stations companywide.

Daily’s presented a $2,500 check to Crown Point Elementary School and a check for $50,000 to HabiJax’s 2017 Women’s Build to assist female head-of-household families in Jacksonville with homeownership.

First Coast Energy has grown from a $50 million company into one of the area’s largest private companies with allual revenue exceeding $1 billion.

It employs more than 1,000 people at its corporate headquarters and company-operated stores.

Space Base lands at Shoppes of San Jose

Space Base is leasing 18,600 square feet at the Shoppes of San Jose at 2777 University Blvd. W.

The space-themed event business features an indoor playground with zones for different age groups starting at 18 months, a trampoline area, and other attractions. CBRE’s Lea Court and Lara Bahri represented the tenant in the transaction.

Blair Hakimian represented the landlord, Jacksonville-based Hakimian Holdings.

Education

Rayonier Advanced Materials awards scholarships

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. awarded $60,000 in scholarships to six area high school students through its annual program to support education opportunities for future engineers.

The scholarship contributes $10,000 toward each recipient’s four-year degree. Rayonier also offers a paid internship to scholarship winners as rising college juniors.

Eligible applicants must be seniors and attend high school within 45 miles of either the company’s Fernandina Beach or Jesup, Ga., plants.

Applicants must have plans to enroll in an engineering program at approved regional universities.

Florida recipients this year include Fernandina Beach High School students Tyson Calvert, who plans to enroll at the University of Florida; Lauren Kilburn, who plans to enroll at UF or Georgia Tech; and Matthew Brown, who intends to attend the University of Central Florida.

Students who want to apply next year can visit RYAMScholarship.com for more information.

Transportation

JTA board OKs funding for regional center in La Villa area

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority board of directors approved the project budget and supplemental funding appropriation for the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.

The center, to be built in the La Villa area, will be constructed in two phases.

The first phase, under construction, is the Intercity Bus Terminal that will be completed in January.

The second phase is the bus transfer facility and administration building with estimated completion in November 2019.

Funding from federal, state and local sources were identified to cover the proposed maximum total project cost of $57.3 million for both phases.

People

UNF names McCullen VP

After an internal search, the University of North Florida hired Ann McCullen as vice president for university development and alumni engagement and executive director of the UNF Foundation. She is responsible for providing vision and leadership to assist the deans and other university leadership in the planning, organizing and implementing of fundraising initiatives. She also will serve as executive director of the foundation. She joined UNF 14 years ago and most recently served as associate vice president of development and campaign director, securing a $7 million gift to create the Hicks Honors College, the university’s sixth college.

Jones joins Wolfson Children’s Hospital board

Wolfson Children’s Hospital, part of Baptist Health, elected Mia Jones to its board of directors.

Jones is CEO of AGAPE Community Health Center Inc., which is the Federally Qualified Health Center in Duval County. She was appointed the first health commissioner for the city and served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, term-limited in 2016 as a two-term Democratic leader pro tempore. She also served on the Jacksonville City Council from 2003-08.

Gov. Scott appoints Laney, Rood to boards

Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment and reappointment of:

• Edgar Laney, 71, of Jacksonville, to the Construction Industry Licensing Board. He is the president of The Laney Co. General Contractor Corp. His term began May 30.

• John Rood, 62, of Jacksonville, to the Florida Prepaid College Board. The former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas is chairman of the Vestcor Companies Inc. He was reappointed to a term that began May 25.

The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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