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Mayor Brown, Shad Khan Announce Big Win for Jacksonville Taxpayers

December 22, 2012
New Facilities Management Contract Will Save City Nearly $1 Million Annually

Mayor Alvin Brown competitively bid the City’s facilities management contract for the first time in 20 years because he wanted taxpayers to receive the best value on their investment. The competition resulted in two bids that contained significant savings for taxpayers.

This afternoon on the steps of City Hall, where he was joined by Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Mayor Brown announced the selection of SMG to serve as the City of Jacksonville’s facilities manager. He unveiled contract terms that will save taxpayers nearly $1 million annually, provide the City of Jacksonville (COJ) with an immediate $1 million capital contribution, establish a $500,000 fund to attract and promote events at COJ facilities, and establish clear benchmarks for SMG’s performance of its facility management responsibilities.


Mayor Signs Legislation for Residential, Retail Investment

December 19, 2012
Project will accelerate revitalization of Brooklyn near city center
 
A vacant, 11-acre plot of land nestled between Riverside Avenue and Park Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Downtown Jacksonville is now officially on its way to sprouting a major development project expected to create 247 jobs while revamping aging public infrastructure and netting an estimated $10 million in ad valorem revenues over the next 20 years for the City of Jacksonville.

Read about other recent economic development bills signed by Mayor Brown

Lacrosse Double-Header Adds to Busy February Sports Schedule

December 17, 2012
Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic announces return to EverBank Field

The third annual Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic will be played Feb. 17, 2013 at EverBank Field, as another highlight of an increasingly busy February for sports fans.

Even More Reason for Jacksonville Soccer Fans to Cheer

December 17, 2012
U.S. Women’s National Team To Play Scotland At EverBank Field In February
 
U.S. Soccer has announced that the U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its 2013 schedule with an international friendly match against Scotland at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
 

Mayor Brown & Education Commissioner Horner Meet With New Superintendent

December 14, 2012
Mayor Alvin Brown and his education commissioner, Donnie Horner, had a meeting with the new Duval County Schools Superintendent, Nikolai Vitti, on Monday, Dec. 10. The mayor welcomed Dr. Vitti to Jacksonville with an easy, free-flowing and productive discussion.

New Law to Make Jacksonville More Competitive

December 12, 2012
Mayor applauds City Council for backing legislation to reduce wait time

Mayor Alvin Brown’s plan to overhaul economic development policy is now official. The mayor signed legislation (2012-213) Wednesday creating a more efficient process for companies to collaborate with City Hall for development, relocation or expansion in Jacksonville. The bill-signing followed a unanimous vote by City Council to approve the measure Tuesday night.

“This is about investing in our future and making Jacksonville the most competitive city it can be at time that cities all over America are fighting for jobs,” said the mayor. “Our streamlined policy empowers the City of Jacksonville to work more effectively with the private sector for jobs and opportunity. I commend City Council for its hard work and dedication to economic development.”

City Council Winter Break

December 12, 2012

In accordance with Ordinance 2005-361-E, the second Committee week and City Council meeting of the month of December are suspended, due to the Holiday Season.  The Jacksonville City Council meeting cycle will resume with Standing Committee meetings on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Computers Delivered!

December 11, 2012
Jacksonville University's Information Technology Department donated 15 computers for distribution by the city’s Education Commissioner. Ten computers were delivered to Northside Community Involvement, Inc. and five were delivered to Ortega Elementary School. Ortega Elementary Principal Stephanie Shepard was excited about receiving the computers. She said that they would be valuable tools in helping her school’s students prepare for testing and improving their typing and research skills. Roshanda Jackson, Executive Officer, Northside Community Involvement, was very eager to get the computers operational for the students that they serve.

Read a thank you letter from Principal Shepard

Mayor Brown Announces MLS Exhibition at EverBank Field

December 11, 2012
Philadelphia Union agrees to play exhibition matches in Jacksonville
 
Major League Soccer will be coming to EverBank Field for at least the next three years as Mayor Alvin Brown announced an agreement with Philadelphia Union to host an annual exhibition match each February.
 
On Feb. 15, 2013, the Union will face another MLS team, to be announced in the near future, starting at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a free youth clinic at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Council Member Reginald Brown to Present Resolution to Sweetwater Athletic Association Pop Warner Football Team

December 10, 2012

Team Wins Pop Warner Midget Division National Championship

On Saturday, December 8th the Sweetwater Athletic Association Pop Warner football team (Midget Division – ages 12-15) defeated the Northwest Raiders Midget Team from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by a score of 30-0 to win the Pop Warner Division 1 Midget National Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
 

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