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 and active duty service members visted students and staff at Highlands Middle School
November 06, 2012
Mayor Alvin Brown, in support of the city’s Week of Valor, visited Highlands Middle School where he joined three active duty servicemen to speak to students. The message to the students was that Veterans and active duty personnel ensure the freedoms that we all enjoy. The Mayor emphasized his priority on education and he encouraged the students to excel in their studies.
Mayor Brown announcing Sandy relief efforts
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.”
Mayor Brown and Captain Erik Ross of the USS Bataan
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.
Jax Film Fest
October 31, 2012
The 10th Annual Jacksonville Film Festival is this week, November 1 - 4.  To see a full schedule, see previews of the films, events and workshops, to volunteer, or to purchase tickets. For more info please visit www.jaxfilmfest.com.

The venues for the Jax Film Fest are San Marco Theatre, Jacksonville Public Library, Florida Theatre - and for the first time - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Mayor Brown announcing his 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.”

Director Michael Jacobsen providing an update on the city's response to Hurricane Sandy
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.
Director Jacobsen of Emergency Preparedness leading a media availability about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Georgia-Florida 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.
A packed stadium for the annual 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!
Mayor Alvin Brown with staff from teh Jacksonville Children's Commission
October 18, 2012
Jacksonville has some great afterschool programs. So great that they are drawing national attention and $765,000 in support from The Wallace Foundation, a New York-based organization that focuses on innovative ideas to support learning.

Learn more in Mayor Alvin Brown's Blog
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