Meet Mayor Alvin Brown
Alvin Brown was sworn in on July 1, 2011, as mayor of Jacksonville, Florida’s largest city.
Mayor Brown governs with a vision of bringing Jacksonville together as one community and taking it to the next level of greatness as a city of opportunity for all. He is committed to protecting taxpayers, promoting prosperity and investing in Jacksonville’s quality of life. With Mayor Brown’s leadership, Jacksonville is gaining momentum and moving forward to take its rightful place as one of America’s greatest communities.
Mayor Brown has led Jacksonville with initiatives to achieve bold, far-reaching goals:
Partnering with businesses to grow the local economy and create jobs;
Revitalizing downtown into a vibrant destination for people to work, live and visit;
Developing a comprehensive, sustainable solution to rising police and fire pension costs;
Supporting schools, teachers, families and the community to improve opportunities for children and young people;
Expanding services for veterans and active-duty service members to make Jacksonville the most military- and veteran-friendly city in America;
Improving the quality of life to ensure that Jacksonville is an even more inviting place for people to make their home and raise a family; and
Reforming city government to make it more efficient, effective and responsive.
During Mayor Brown’s tenure, Jacksonville has been nationally recognized for its superior business climate and employment opportunities. For two years in a row, Forbes magazine has ranked Jacksonville among the top five cities in the nation for job-seekers. Forbes also ranked Jacksonville as the second fastest-growing job market for IT business services (behind only Austin, Texas). CNN Money showcased the city as “hot for startups,” and Jacksonville was recently named the “Best U.S. City to Start a Business” by Wallethub.com.
Thanks to Mayor Brown’s leadership, the City of Jacksonville has received national honors and awards for important government initiatives. In 2012 Jacksonville was selected to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge grant from IBM to develop a data-driven plan for downtown revitalization. In 2013 Jacksonville was one of eight U.S. metropolitan areas invited to participate in the Brookings/JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative to design a regional export plan and foreign investment strategy. Jacksonville is one of the inaugural cities worldwide to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network to improve the community’s emergency preparedness.
In 2013 Jacksonville was ranked No. 3 nationally as a top Digital City for quality and innovation in its IT services. The First Amendment Foundation also recently recognized the City’s website as the most transparent municipal website in Florida for citizen access to public information.
At the national level, Mayor Brown serves as a Trustee and Executive Committee member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He also chairs its Ports and Exports Task Force, consistent with his strong advocacy for JAXPORT as a major hub for global trade and transportation.
Mayor Brown is a graduate of Jacksonville University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He and his wife Santhea have two sons, Joshua and Jordan.