Industrial Development Authority

About the IDA

Founded in 1980, the St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) consists of a 5-member board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

The primary purpose of the IDA is to issue tax-exempt bond financing for manufacturing facilities within the county. The IDA can also issue bonds for certain exempt facilities such as water & sewer projects, solid waste and hazardous waste facilities as well as bonds for tax-exempt 501 (C)(3) non-profit organizations. By utilizing the tax-exempt financing, the end user receives a lower interest rate and therefore has a more economically viable project.

The IDA is instrumental in attracting new manufacturing businesses to St. Johns County and expanding existing facilities. Over the past 40 years, the IDA has issued more than $1.3 billion in tax-exempt bonds.

IDA Bond Process

For information on industrial development revenue bonds and the process for obtaining bond financing through the St. Johns County IDA, please review the IDA Bond Process.


The IDA meets on the 2nd Monday of each month in the BCC Executive Conference Room, County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine. IDA Meetings


IDA Board Members

Vivian Helwig
Kevin Kennedy
Vice Chair
Geoffrey Litchney
Melissa Churchwell
Orville Dothage
Assistant Secretary
Staff Contact

Savannah Rodgers
Department of Economic Development

Office of the County Administrator
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners
500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084
P: (904) 209-0541






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