Rick Qualman from IBM, Mayor Alvin Brown, Renee Finley and Steve Swaim from IBM.
March 15, 2012
Mayor Alvin Brown announced today that IBM has selected Jacksonville to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. The grant provides Jacksonville with access to IBM's top experts to analyze and recommend ways the city can become an even better place in which to live and work.

“This is about turning our downtown’s potential into a vibrant reality that will attract major employers, create jobs, draw new residents and serve as a focal point of our city’s unique identity,” said Mayor Brown. “Being the recipient of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant places us among an elite number of national and international cities. This public-private partnership is possible because of IBM’s confidence in the talent, vision and energy of Jacksonville’s leaders to revitalize downtown.”
 
Mayor Brown and Dr. Pramod Jain from the Indo-U.S. Chamber
March 01, 2012
The City of Jacksonville and the Indo-U.S. Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida are partnering together to assist aspiring college students in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at no cost to students or taxpayers.

There will be seven workshops at locations throughout Jacksonville starting March 31. Trained volunteers will help students complete and file FAFSA applications, a necessary step in the college entrance process.

“The FAFSA can be a challenging part of the college experience. We’re fortunate in Jacksonville to have so many people who want to use their talents for the good of helping others,” said Mayor Brown. “There is a strong relationship between college education and workforce success as well as a city’s quality of life. This workshop does not just give advice to students. They will leave knowing their FAFSA is done.”

To learn more, or to sign up for a workshop, visit www.coj.net/FAFSAworkshops.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus being greeted in the City Hall Atrium by JROTC cadets from Mandarin High School
February 28, 2012
Mayor Alvin Brown welcomed Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to City Hall on Tuesday. Recently, the Navy released its fiscal year 2013 budget which allocated more ships and sailors to Naval Station Mayport.

“It’s a vote of confidence in our city,” said Mayor Brown. “And it is going to boost the number of personnel in Jacksonville – that’s good for our economy.”

The secretary was greeted in the atrium of City Hall by JROTC cadets from Mandarin High School.
USCM President and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor Alvin Brown
February 27, 2012
Last Friday and Saturday, Mayor Alvin Brown hosted at least 70 local leaders including mayors, port directors and trade specialists are here in Jacksonville to develop a national agenda that expands exports, improves infrastructure and modernizes ports. Mayor Brown is Chair of U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Metro Exports and Ports Task Force.

"If you're serious about creating jobs, you have to be serious about expanding exports," USCM President and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "Ninety-five percent of the world's consumers are outside of the United States. To help businesses get their products from cities across the United States to markets around the world, we need to invest in our roads, bridges, ports, and rail systems."

Released at the meeting the report, entitled U.S. Metro Economies: Exports in the Next Decade, projects that exports will outpace imports by 2020, growing an average eight percent annually. A copy of the report and its key findings can be obtained at www.usmayors.org.

Learn more at the Mayor's Blog.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2012
February 21, 2012
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival will be held on Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27.
 
“The Jacksonville Jazz Festival helps to promote a greater quality of life by drawing thousands of people to our Downtown,” said Mayor Brown. “This is the perfect opportunity for families and groups of friends to gather, take in performances, enjoy a stroll along our treasured St. Johns River and feel the heartbeat of our city’s urban center.”

Some of this year’s confirmed performers include Sonny Rollins; Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White Trio; Patti Austin with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band featuring Terence Blanchard; and Karrin Allyson.
 
Additional performers and festival details will continue to be announced in the coming months through the festival’s Facebook page, Twitter and JaxJazzFest.com
Moe's Southwest Grill Lacrosse Classic
February 10, 2012
Come enjoy the sport of lacrosse on Sunday, Feb. 19 at EverBank Field as the city and Jacksonville University Athletics present the 2012 Moe’s Southwest Grill Lacrosse Classic! Ticket specials are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com.

Click here for coupons and specials.
 
Mayor Brown's Business Builder
February 03, 2012
Mayor Alvin Brown will host his Business Builder summit, a program designed to help small businesses gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to succeed and to help them learn about gaining access to capital and credit.

The first in a series of seminars will be held Feb. 7 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Watch the live-stream from the event, starting at 12:00 p.m.

Participants will hear from U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills and Tom and Sue Bennett of First Oklahoma Bank. The objective is to better align the business ideas of Jacksonville residents with the capital and credit opportunities needed to turn those ideas into reality.

Mayor Alvin Brown
January 30, 2012
Did you know that the Jacksonville region is home to more than 80,000 businesses that each operate with fewer than 10 employees? Together, these businesses supply Northeast Florida with almost 230,000 jobs.
 
Small business is a major focus for Mayor Alvin Brown. The mayor is inviting Jacksonville’s entrepreneurs to attend Mayor Brown’s Business Builder, a free program that’s being done in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
The first in a series of seminars will be held Feb. 7 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. For registration, click here.
 
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.
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