July 10, 2015
Safety Inspection Now Scheduled for Week of July 20

Pursuant to Mayor Lenny Curry’s request to accelerate repairs to roadways impacted by the Liberty Street collapse, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has moved up its mid-August safety inspection of Coastline Drive to the week of July 20.
Steven Woodard
July 07, 2015
Steve Woodard to Continue as Head of Duval County Emergency Management

Mayor Lenny Curry today announced the reappointment of Steven Woodard as chief of the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division. Woodard, a retired deputy administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was originally appointed to the position in October 2013.

“Public safety is a top priority and being prepared for an emergency plays a big part in keeping our city safe,” said Mayor Curry. “Steven’s great leadership and expertise in the Emergency Preparedness Division has greatly contributed to Jacksonville’s excellent reputation as a leader in emergency response.”
Fireworks over Downtown Jacksonville and the St. Johns River in 2012
June 30, 2015
Most city government offices and facilities will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday on July 4.  
June 23, 2015
Deadline to Submit Nominations for 2015 Film & Television Industry Awards is June 26

The Jacksonville Film & Television Office is accepting nominations for the 2015 Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Achievement Award and Rising Star Award until June 26.  Both awards recognize individuals who have made notable achievements in production-related careers, resulting in a positive impact on the local film and television industry.
“Jacksonville is fortunate to have numerous talented professionals who work locally in the film and television industry,” said Todd Roobin, manager of the Jacksonville Film & Television Office. “I encourage the public to submit applications and recognize individuals for their achievements in the production sector, which is a valuable economic driver for our city.”  
Nominees should excel in their specific area of expertise, serve as a positive and inspiring role model, and enhance the local film and television production community. These prestigious achievement awards will be presented at the annual film industry reception on September 24. 

June 17, 2015
City, U.S. Green Building Council North Florida Achieve Energy Efficiency for Taxpayers

The City of Jacksonville’s St. James Building, which houses City Hall, has earned ENERGY STAR certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. The designation comes after several years of partnership between the city and the U.S. Department of Energy to track energy usage in public buildings and achieve energy efficiency for taxpayers and the environment.
“The St. James Building is a historic architectural jewel in Downtown. I want to thank our Public Buildings Division for their great stewardship of our buildings and the environment, reducing costs for Jacksonville taxpayers by making energy efficiency a priority,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “I also want to thank the United States Green Building Council North Florida for engineer Mark Gelfo’s assistance in helping us achieve the ENERGY STAR designation.”

June 12, 2015

The City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Quality Division is issuing an air quality advisory, as elevated levels of particulate matter are occurring today. Smoke from forest fires in southeast Duval County are contributing to elevated particulate matter concentrations.
Children, the elderly and sensitive individuals should take steps to avoid exposure by staying inside or refraining from strenuous outdoor activity. If exercising outdoors, substituting less vigorous exercise (a walk instead of a jog, for example) could be helpful. 
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April 28, 2015
New logo, restaurant group name, and milestones shared at a press conference

Jacques Klempf and Fraser Burns, the business partners behind the Cowford Chophouse, announced new milestones for the upcoming Downtown Jacksonville restaurant during a press conference this morning with city leaders to provide updates about the project.
They were joined by Mayor Alvin Brown; Aundra Wallace, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority; Oliver Barakat, chairman of the Downtown Investment Authority; and City Council Member Lori Boyer, who serves as the City Council liaison for the Downtown Investment Authority.
Fraser Burns opened the press conference by announcing the formation of Forking Amazing Restaurants, a restaurant group that comprises Ovinté at the St. Johns Town Center, Bistro Aix in San Marco, and the Cowford Chophouse.
April 24, 2015
“The 100 Best Fleets in North America” recognized the City of Jacksonville’s Fleet Management Division as among the best fleet divisions in North America for a second consecutive year. The announcement came at NAFA’s (National Association of Fleet Administrators) Institute and Expo, and will be published in an upcoming issue of American City and County Magazine.
“By keeping city vehicles working reliably, including those used by our first responders, our Fleet Management Division plays an important role in providing effective and efficient service to Jacksonville residents and businesses,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “I want to thank 100 Best Fleets for their recognition of the hard work and valuable expertise displayed by division chief Karim Kurji and the rest of the Fleet Management Division.”
The city’s Fleet Management Division services more than 6,000 pieces of diverse mobile equipment, with 70 bays and nine fueling stations. Some of Fleet’s recent accomplishments that met the 100 Best Fleets’ criteria include:
  • Loaning a preventative maintenance truck to JFRD to facilitate on-site oil changes in order to avoid removing fire trucks and ambulances from service.
  • Repurposing parts from vehicles that have been damaged beyond repair, achieving a cost savings of over $200,000 in the past eighteen months.
  • Achieving an availability rate of 97 percent for emergency and non-emergency vehicles alike.
  • Saving $2.8 million in acquisitions for rescue vehicles alone, and $348,000 in maintenance, by rightsizing vehicles, ensuring that the fleet is more efficient by acquiring vehicles that are appropriately sized for their purpose.
  • Regularly identifying underused vehicles and either repurposing them to other agencies or sending them to auction, significantly improving the health of the city’s fleet.
Track City group photo
April 23, 2015
Economic Impact Estimated To Be More Than $25 Million

The City of Jacksonville will host eight track and field events, featuring two national championships, a state championship and five collegiate meets –bringing the top athletes in the country to Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida (UNF).
“Jacksonville is track city,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “Over the next couple of months, thousands will visit our city to witness a great series of national and regional events. Jacksonville is quickly becoming a hub for premier track and field events, thanks to the collaboration of our great partners at the Jacksonville Sports Council, the University of North Florida and Visit Jacksonville.”
The eight track and field events together will have a local economic impact of more than $25 million, with hotel occupancy rates expected to be greater than 85 percent the weekend of the NCAA and Junior Olympics events, according to Visit Jacksonville calculations.
“Track has become big business for our community and we are honored to be a part of this economic charge for Jacksonville,” said Jacksonville Sports Council Executive Director Alan Verlander.  “UNF has a world-class facility and the next four months will show the nation our vision for the future with track. The forging of sports in our community into a singular focus is beginning to pay dividends for our economy and is providing us a blueprint for the future.”

April 22, 2015
Fanatics Inc., which has three locations in Jacksonville, is considering upgrading its local facilities and hiring new employees as it works with City of Jacksonville leaders to grow.
Fanatics has two locations in northwest Jacksonville and a third on the Southside and employs 900 people locally.  The proposed expansion would add a fourth Fanatics location and allow the company to add 80 new, high-paying information technology positions in Jacksonville, and invest $10 million into the local economy. 
The City of Jacksonville will support the proposed expansion with legislation to be filed today with City Council.  The proposal will build on Jacksonville’s economic strength.
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