What We Do
When business, nonprofit, government, and academic leaders from around the world connect with their counterparts in Northeast Florida through international exchange programs, the relationsh9ps they forge become a powerful tool for addressing some of our biggest global and local challenges.
For over two decades, GlobalJax has been making these kinds of connections possible. As a member of Global Ties U.S. and a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State, we serve as an international hub for Northeast Florida, connecting local government, nonprofit, business, and academic professionals with their counterparts from across the world.
The leaders who participate in international exchanges – both from other countries and right here at home in Northeast Florida – benefit from greater knowledge, further understanding, and deeper relationships. These shared experiences result in a stronger, more globally competitive Northeast Florida and a more peaceful, prosperous world.
The mission of GlobalJax is to empower our community to thrive in a Global Society by:
Maria Condaxis founded GlobalJax as the International Resource Center of Jacksonville in 1990. Her vision was to highlight our international community and to provide a center for international resources. In 2004, the name changed to the International Visitor Corps of Jacksonville to reflect its core activity at the time: promoting multicultural awareness by hosting international visitors through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.
In 2008, leadership from the International Visitor Corps and Jacksonville's other prominent international resources - Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership, Holland & Knight, Jacksonville International Business Coalition, Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Sister Cities Association, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida, and World Affairs Council of Jacksonville - formed an alliance to help Jacksonville reach its potential as an international city. As a part of their initiative, the alliance created a website showcasing Jacksonville's international resources and events.
In 2011, after 20 years of building global connections, the International Visitor Corps assumed the name GlobalJax and took the lead to further the alliance's mission. GlobalJax continues to be an advocate for international cooperation through its prestigious exchange programs while housing the international calendar of events and resource database showcasing the international community of Northeast Florida. Since it's founding, more than 2,000 emerging leaders and professionals visited Northeast Florida from more than160 countries.
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors some GlobalJax programs. Membership dues, advertising, sponsorships, grants, and donations are other sources of revenue.
"What an awesome experience please include me with any future groups that have an interest in water or wastewater treatment and delivery." - John Mandrick, PE, Utilities Director, City of Fernandina Beach, April 2011