This month, pari-mutuel provider bestbet has been recognized by the state of Florida as a top private employer in Duval County, creating hundreds of jobs countywide between its Jacksonville and Orange Park facilities.
A licensed pari-mutuel offering poker, simulcast and racing entertainment options, bestbet operates locations in both Duval and Clay counties.
In a letter to bestbet CEO Jamie Shelton, Gov. Rick Scott commended the company for its inclusion in the Jacksonville Business Journal’s list of top private employers.
Shelton and the bestbet team has been long recognized in the region for its commitment to maintaining safe, clean and well-managed facilities, and has led the way on a ballot referendum in Duval County to allow the Jacksonville facility to add slot machines. The referendum is expected to be part of the November 8 ballot.
A recent economic impact study prepared for officials in Duval County estimated that such a move would “support approximately 2,800 jobs countywide, producing labor income of $123 million and total economic activity of over $494 million.”
By looking at tax revenue estimates, the study found Duval County could see a direct impact from revenue sharing of over $5 million, with the state collecting more than $128 million in gaming taxes on a regular basis.