Mayor Brown joined community leaders and supporters of the Homeless Day Center to announce the Challenge Grant Effort in partnership with Wells Fargo
April 22, 2013
Bank contributes $70,000 toward pilot project

Wells Fargo and Mayor Alvin Brown announced progress toward the opening of the Jacksonville Day Resource Center (JDRC) for homeless people with the company’s $70,000 contribution toward the pilot project.

Joined by the mayor, the center’s board and partners, Wells Fargo regional president Scott Coble announced the $70,000 contribution in seed funding to help move the project forward. The JDRC will lead a challenge grant campaign to encourage other businesses and community members to become involved as well through contributions.
Mayor Brown signing his $11 million reinvestment plan into law
March 20, 2013
$11 million reinvestment fund moving forward

Mayor Alvin Brown’s $11 million reinvestment fund to promote Downtown revitalization and citywide job growth is now official.

The plan calls for $9 million to leverage private dollars for Downtown improvement, and an additional $2 million is slated for citywide economic expansion. The investments result from a successful round of debt refinancing at the direction of the Brown Administration. The savings provide an opportunity for Jacksonville to invest in its future without taking on additional debt, using reserves or impacting the city’s solid AA+ bond rating. The refinancing provides $11 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year with additional savings in future years.

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JaxHappenings Keeps Residents Connected with Activities across the First Coast
March 08, 2013
JaxHappenings Keeps Residents Connected with Activities across the First Coast

Mayor Alvin Brown and the Office of Special Events announced today a new, free mobile app from the City of Jacksonville. The app, JaxHapps, is available now for download on Android devices, iPhone and iPad.

“JaxHappenings.com and the JaxHapps app are great examples of the work our city is doing to embrace technology and create a more effective and efficient reach into the community,” said Mayor Brown. “More than just a day or a night out for residents, special events are a driver for economic development and we should be exploring every option to ensure they are enjoyed by as many people as possible.”
Mayor Alvin Brown and Dr. Bill Cosby
March 04, 2013
Mayor Alvin Brown focused on strengthening parents’ roles in their kids’ education at his two day education summit on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2013.

The summit, a collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Office and Duval County Public Schools, featured an appearance by famed comedian and education activist Dr. Bill Cosby. The initiative continued the positive momentum in public education engendered by a host of recent successes, including better graduation rates, better school grades and unprecedented community activism.

As part of Mayor Brown’s vision and actions to enhance educational opportunities for Jacksonville’s youth, the summit brought students, teachers, administrators, elected officials and community partners together in an effort to spur action supporting the summit’s theme, “Increasing Parental Involvement.” Learn more
Duval County Public Schools Superintendant Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Mayor Alvin Brown
February 27, 2013
Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education Will Give Keynote Address
 
Led by Mayor Alvin Brown, city education leaders and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will kick off the inaugural Education Summit, featuring honored guest Dr. Bill Cosby. The two-day event, presented in partnership with Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Duval County Public Schools, starts Thursday, Feb. 28, and will focus on strengthening parents’ roles in their children’s education. 
 
“This summit will leverage the current excitement about education in Jacksonville in our continued work to ensure every student in our city has the opportunity for a superior education,” said Mayor Brown. “Some very special guests are joining us and I’m excited to get to work. I’m honored that Dr. Bill Cosby and Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will lend their experience and skill to this innovative event that will explore ways to increase parental involvement in their kids’ education.”
 
February 14, 2013
Mayor’s education summit seeks to rally community leaders and inspire students

Mayor Alvin Brown will focus on strengthening parents’ roles in their kids’ education at his upcoming citywide education summit featuring actor and education activist Dr. Bill Cosby.

The summit, a collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Office and Duval County Public Schools, will be held Feb. 28 and March 1. The initiative will continue the positive momentum in public education engendered by a host of recent successes, including better graduation rates, better school grades and unprecedented community activism.
 
As part of Mayor Brown’s vision and actions to enhance educational opportunities for Jacksonville’s youth, the summit will bring students, teachers, administrators, elected officials and community partners together in an effort to spur action supporting the summit’s theme, “Increasing Parental Involvement.” Learn more
Downtown Jacksonville
January 29, 2013
City savings of $11 million to be reinvested

Mayor Alvin Brown has created a plan to inject $11 million this year into both Downtown revitalization and job-creating economic improvements across Jacksonville.

Joined by civic and business leaders Tuesday along the Northbank Riverwalk, Mayor Brown committed to investing $9 million in order to leverage private investment that will improve Downtown. An additional $2 million is slated for economic expansion throughout the city.

The investments, which are subject to City Council approval, result from a successful round of debt refinancing at the direction of the Brown Administration. The mayor announced the savings will be reinvested in projects with private-sector investment that invigorate Downtown and elevate the Jacksonville economy.
Mayor Brown and city leaders announcing Jacksonville's bid for the 2016 US Swimming Olympic Trials
January 15, 2013
Event would bring more than $30 million to local economy
 
Civic and business leaders have stepped up with Mayor Alvin Brown in a call for community support, as Jacksonville seeks to host the 2016 US Swimming Olympic Trials. The event features the nation’s top swimmers to determine who will represent Team USA in Rio de Janeiro for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.

Video: Mayor and City Leaders Announce Jacksonville's Bid for US Swimming Olympic Trials

“We are excited to be under consideration to host the 2016 US Swimming Olympic Trials,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “As we’ve seen so many times in recent years, swimming is one of America’s strongest sports and hosting this event would make a major impact throughout our community. We would be proud to serve as a proving ground for these elite athletes, and I am confident in our city’s ability to help produce a program that would entertain and inspire thousands of fans. Jacksonville is an ideal destination for sporting events, and just like we’ve seen with the Jaguars, the Florida-Georgia game, the US Soccer exhibitions and many others, the Trials would be embraced by everyone in the community.”

 

Mayor Brown and Shad Khan
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.

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