Mayor Alvin Brown and Dr. Bernice A. King
January 13, 2012
Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the guest of honor at Friday’s 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.

Dr. King spoke to a sellout audience at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center about the need for education and a better sense of personal responsibility.

Mayor Brown also stressed education while encouraging participants to volunteer for Mayor’s Mentors, a program he unveiled in December to pair highly qualified, dedicated adults with Jacksonville’s young people.

The mayor said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. built a legacy that has the power to inspire everyone to encourage younger generations to overcome challenges and do their best in school and in life.
Mayor Brown visiting with students at Robert E. Lee High School
January 11, 2012
Robert E. Lee High School one of several schools to improve

Mayor Alvin Brown paid a visit to Robert E. Lee High School Wednesday to congratulate students, faculty and staff on their success boosting school performance.

The school has improved from a D rating to a B rating. Principal Dr. Denise Hall led the mayor on a tour so that he could encourage students to continue working for good grades. A highlight of the tour, the mayor was shown the school’s robotics program. B.A.E. Systems donated $5,000 to help run the program.
Mayor Alvin Brown signing the Reform legislation
December 22, 2011
Mayor Alvin Brown has signed legislation setting his government reform plan officially into motion.
 
“This is about taxpayers and our future as a city,” said the mayor. “By streamlining city government, we are building a more sturdy foundation for Jacksonville to target economic development and take this city to the next level.”
Mayor Brown announcing the designation of 12 park sites for kayakers, canoeist, paddle boarders, sail boarders and other water enthusiasts to access the St. Johns River and its tributaries.
December 20, 2011
Designates 12 sites for non-motorized watercraft

Mayor Alvin Brown today designated 12 park sites for kayakers, canoeist, paddle boarders, sail boarders and other water enthusiasts to access the St. Johns River and its tributaries.

The sites are part of the mayor’s initiative to create more active recreational opportunities along the St. Johns River and in parks.

“The St. Johns River is one of our greatest resources, and these launches will enable residents and visitors to get out on the water and enjoy it,” Brown said. “As more and more people experience our river, they will begin to see Jacksonville as a destination.”
Mayor Brown addressing City Council
December 15, 2011
The legislative framework for Mayor Alvin Brown’s government reform plan has gained City Council’s approval.
 
The bill (2011-0732), was passed by a 16-1 Council vote on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. The bill passed after much review by City Council and a citizens’ review panel.
 
What passed Tuesday marked phase one of the reform plan. In the second phase, the mayor will work closely with department heads to examine the new structure of government for maximum savings and efficiency measures.
City Council Holiday Break
December 14, 2011
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 Tuesday, January 3, 2012.
JAXPORT has been awarded a $10 million grant
December 13, 2011
Decision Comes Less than a Week After Brown Meets with Transportation Secretary

Less than a week after he met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to advocate for the project, Mayor Alvin Brown tonight applauded the federal government’s decision to provide a $10 million grant to JAXPORT.

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant will supply $10 million to help build an intermodal container transfer facility. This enables freight-loading directly between rail and ships, a development that will help curb truck traffic on Heckscher Drive while increasing efficiency at Jacksonville’s waterfront
A happy pet with its new owner.
December 12, 2011
Florida Animal Control Association also recognized ACPS volunteer as top in state

The Florida Animal Control Association, the professional association of animal care and control personnel in Florida, named the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services division as the Outstanding Animal Control Agency of the Year for Florida. ACPS was recognized out of more than 130 agencies as a statewide leader in animal programs and services.
Mayor's Mentors
December 07, 2011
Mayor Calls On Citizens to Give One Hour a Week to Mentor Jacksonville Students

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown announced today the launch of the Mayor’s Mentors, a public-private partnership to train and place 500 new school-based mentors with Duval County Public School students by April 1 at no cost to taxpayers. The Mayor’s goal is to recruit, train and match mentors with Duval County Public School students to increase on-time, next grade promotion and graduation rates. For more information on becoming a Mayor’s Mentor, the public may call United Way’s 2-1-1 or visit www.coj.net/mayorsmentors.
December 05, 2011
Holiday Hoops Game with Florida Gators vs. Rider Broncs

The City of Jacksonville welcomes the University of Florida Gators and the Rider University Broncs for their upcoming Holiday Hoops Classic basketball game on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Both team mascots will be available before the game so bring a camera for photo opportunities.
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