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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.”

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.

Mayor Brown Announces Site for Daytime Resource Center

November 29, 2012
City Rescue Mission to host pilot project

City Rescue Mission is partnering with the City of Jacksonville to administer a one-year pilot project that will host a daytime resource center intended to transform the lives of Jacksonville’s homeless.

Watch video from the announcement

Mayor Alvin Brown applauded the City Rescue Mission and its CEO, David Bugher, during Thursday’s announcement, saying it marked a significant step toward developing solutions for those who are trying to rebuild themselves amid personal and economic challenges.

Mayor Appoints Economic Development Officer

November 16, 2012
Position is critical component of mayor’s vision for jobs and opportunity

Mayor Alvin Brown has chosen Theodore N. Carter, an executive with more than 20 years of public and private sector experience, to head the new Office of Economic Development.

As the Economic Development Officer, he will manage the city’s day-to-day economic development functions with an aim to attract good-paying jobs and quality business opportunities to make Jacksonville more competitive. His appointment is a critical component of the mayor’s vision to transition away from the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and create an Office of Economic Development with executive management capacity.

Mayor Brown, JU Announce 2015 NCAA Tournament

November 13, 2012
March Madness Will Return To Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville will welcome the NCAA men's basketball championship to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in 2015 with the second and third rounds being awarded on Monday.

This is the third time that Jacksonville has been picked to be a host. Past events generated an estimated economic of $12 million in 2006, and a similar impact was projected in 2010.

"March Madness will draw investment and attention on our great city,” said Mayor Brown. “Hosting the NCAA tournament continues the momentum we have experienced in making our city a great destination for sports and entertainment. I want to thank all of our partners for working with us to successfully bid for the tournament.”

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Mayor Brown and City of Jacksonville Host the 2012 Week of Valor

November 07, 2012
Mayor Brown and the City of Jacksonville honor the service and sacrifice of Jacksonville's military community with the Week of Valor. The weeklong series of events aims to connect active duty military, veterans and their families with job opportunities and services, as well as honor their service to our great nation. Events include the Veterans Summit, Veterans Job Fair and the Veterans Day Parade. In addition, there will be two nationally televised sporting events with the Jacksonville Jaguars Military Appreciation Game and the Navy-Marine Corps Classic on the deck of the USS Bataan.

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Mayor Brown, Winn-Dixie, DCPS Launch Food Drive

November 05, 2012
Non-perishables being collected to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
 
Mayor Alvin Brown is leading an effort to help replenish food supplies in the Northeast as residents and public officials continue the recovery process following Hurricane Sandy.
 
The mayor joined BI-LO and Winn-Dixie President and Chief Executive Officer Randall Onstead and Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals to announce the collection effort and make a call to action for city residents who want to help.
 
“Many people have been without power. Others have lost wages and some have lost their homes,” said Mayor Brown. “I know the images on the news may stir some painful memories for those of us who have survived storms in the past, but those images say it all. There are people out there who need our help.”

USS Bataan Arrives at Naval Station Mayport

November 02, 2012
Mayor welcomes captain and crew with key to the city
 
Heralding the onset of Jacksonville’s Week of Valor, Mayor Alvin Brown joined Rear Admiral John Scorby, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, and Mark S. Lee, Vice President of Brand Development & Marketing Communications for Florida Blue to welcome the arrival of the USS Bataan and Commanding Officer Captain Erik Ross. Mayor Brown presented Captain Ross and his crew with the key to the city.
 
The USS Bataan will serve as the platform for the 2012 Navy-Marine Corps Classic men’s college basketball game presented by Florida Blue. The ship is part of the representational amphibious ready group ships that U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced will be homeported in the Jacksonville area.

Mayor Brown Unveils Retirement Reform Initiative

October 29, 2012
Mayor Alvin Brown promised earlier this year that he would unveil a retirement reform initiative no later than the end of 2012. Mayor Brown delivered on that promise when the City of Jacksonville negotiating team unveiled his reform proposal for police employees in a collective bargaining meeting with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5-30 on Oct. 29. The plan is estimated to save $1.5 billion over 30 years.

One day after he unveiled his retirement reform proposal for police employees in the Police and Fire Pension Plan, Mayor Brown unveiled his reform proposal for certain COJ employees in the General Employees Retirement Plan in a collective bargaining meeting with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.

“Our city employees deserve a retirement system that is sustainable,” said Mayor Brown. “The current system is broken. We have to fix it to respect and protect employees and taxpayers.”

City Continues to Monitor Impact of Storm on Georgia-Florida Football Festivities

October 26, 2012
Residents, visitors urged to be prepared

The City of Jacksonville is continuing to monitor Hurricane Sandy off the coast and is urging residents and visitors participating in outdoor events this weekend as part of the Georgia vs. Florida College Football Classic to take precautions.

Sports fans attending the game or nearby festivities are urged to closely track weather reports.

While the storm is still expected to stay well offshore, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Northeast Florida and Coastal Southeast Georgia. The NWS expects gusty winds through Sunday morning. Read more.

Storm Threat May Impact Georgia-Florida Football Festivities

October 25, 2012
Residents, Visitors Urged To Be Prepared
 
The City of Jacksonville is urging residents and visitors participating in outdoor events this weekend as part of the Georgia vs. Florida College Football Classic to take precautions as Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Ocean causes fringe weather effects in the area.
 
Sports fans attending the game or nearby festivities are urged to closely track weather reports.
 
While the storm is expected to stay well offshore, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Northeast Florida and Coastal Southeast Georgia. The NWS expects gusty winds through Sunday morning. Read more.

Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic

October 22, 2012
It's that time again! Time for the annual match-up between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators in Downtown Jacksonville. This week, our Downtown will be filled with tons of activites for the entire family to enjoy. Don't miss RV City activities, the Touchdown Showdown, the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Corporate Village and much more! It all leads up to the big game on Saturday, October 27 at EverBank Field.

Visit MakeASceneDowntown.net to learn more about the week's exciting events!

The City of Jacksonville Presents the Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular, Oct. 20 - 21

October 15, 2012
The City of Jacksonville, U.S. Naval Station Mayport, and the cities of Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach are proud to present the 2012 Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular, Oct. 20-21, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., in Jacksonville Beach.

“The Sea and Sky Spectacular will be a fun, family-friendly opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the world’s most talented aviators as they pilot high-performance and unique aircrafts along our beautiful coastline,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “The City of Jacksonville is proud to take part in this great event with numerous community partners, the Beaches' cities and our dedicated Armed Forces members to ensure a quality experience for all.”

This free event will feature military and civilian flight teams, recruitment displays, interactive and static displays, live entertainment, the Mini-Boss Kids Area presented by ACUVUE, Aviator Autographs presented by VyStar Credit Union, food and beverage vendors, and more. Premier Viewing and Corporate Cabana areas will also be offered.

City of Jacksonville Celebrates 90th Annual Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic, Oct. 24 - 27

October 10, 2012
The City of Jacksonville celebrates 90 years of a classic rivalry. The University of Georgia Bulldogs will take home field against the University of Florida Gators on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m. at EverBank Field.

“It’s my honor to welcome back the thousands of fans who have made this classic college football matchup a tradition that puts a spotlight on Jacksonville,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “This is one of the most exciting times of the year in our city, and I’d like to thank everyone from the athletes to the staff and volunteers for the important roles they play in creating an unbeatable experience right in the heart of our city.”

City of Jacksonville to host "Week of Valor"

October 04, 2012
Series of events will honor veterans, educate the public, and celebrate the lives of veterans

Highlighting Jacksonville’s commitment to the military and veterans, Mayor Alvin Brown and an array of community leaders announced a major weeklong series of events to honor and celebrate the contributions of current and former armed forces members and military families.

The Week of Valor in November serves as a way to come together as a community and honor those who serve, reflect on their sacrifices and celebrate their lives.

The Week of Valor kicks off Monday, Nov. 5, with a military appreciation luncheon sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The national spotlight on the city’s deep ties to the military and veteran communities will include two major sporting events.
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