Waheed B. Public Health Professional, Health Care Industry
Before moving from California I had never visited the Jacksonville area. A great job opportunity came my way, so I looked Jax up on the map saw it was near the ocean and decided to check it out. My friends and family were a little skeptical, telling me this was practically the furthest place I could move. But, the idea of living some place new and different provided an air of excitement and adventure I was looking for.
A Tapestry of Diverse Cultures and Traditions
My biggest concern leading up to my move was the diversity of people in Jacksonville. My initial perception was that the city was not as cosmopolitan as others I’ve lived in or visited. I was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of ethnicities, personalities and cultures that existed here. Experience just one World of Nations celebration and you will understand. Even the business community is made of companies that represent more than 22 different countries.
You Never Know Where You’ll Find Your JAX
I still remember heading home one night from work I decided to drive through the San Marco area. The plaza was lit up with holiday decorations; there were street performers practicing; people coming and going from the different stores; and amazing culinary options like Indochine and Taverna. This is when I realized, Jacksonville is going to be a cool place to call home.