More of This, Less of That
May 20, 2013
City to use social media to foster dialogue
 
To continue the civic discussion following the JAX2025 community visioning initiative, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the  More of This, Less of That campaign. Residents are asked to share photos and ideas on what Jacksonville does well, and where we can improve.
 
The program provides an easy way for residents to communicate with their city and share ideas to improve their community in an interesting and visual way.
 
Residents can post photos to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MoreofThis for things they want to see more of. They can use #LessofThat for subjects that they want improved. Photos can also be posted to the City of Jacksonville’s Facebook page or emailed to More@coj.net or Less@coj.net.
Mayor Brown's Interfaith Breakfast
May 13, 2013
Mayor Alvin Brown will host Mayor Brown’s Interfaith Breakfast on May 20 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The breakfast, featuring Bishop T. D. Jakes of The Potter’s House of Dallas, will focus on the theme "Faith, Family and Friends." The event will explore ways to build community partnerships that will improve education and reduce crime. During the event, Mayor Brown will launch initiatives focusing on mentoring local youth, as well as crime prevention and intervention.

Learn more about Mayor Brown's Interfaith Breakfast at JaxHappenings.com
From left: Steve Amos, Fraternal Order of Police; Randy Wyse, Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters; Mayor Alvin Brown; Assistant Chief Bobby Deal, Chairman of the Police and Fire Pension Fund Board of Trustees
May 08, 2013
Mayor Alvin Brown today announced an agreement on retirement reform with the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters (JAFF), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund (JPFPF).

The new agreement is projected to save taxpayers approximately $1.1 billion over 30 years, including almost $50 million in the next Fiscal Year alone (10/1/2013 to 9/30/2014). To put those numbers in perspective, the first year savings alone are the same amount of money needed to pay the compensation of approximately 800 city employees. The savings equal the combined budgets of the Jacksonville Public Libraries and the City Planning and Development Department.

“I greatly respect our brave public safety employees and the important work they do for our community,” said Mayor Brown. “This agreement is a product of partnership between the City and public safety professionals. Together, we have achieved retirement reform that will help ensure financial sustainability for both taxpayers and employees.”

Learn more at www.coj.net/RetirementReform.
A lightning loader comeptition at the recent American Public Works Association Equipment Rodeo here in Jacksonville
April 30, 2013
Five City of Jacksonville Department of Public Works employees demonstrated excellence in equipment operation and winning skills at the Equipment Rodeo held on Wednesday, April 24, during the American Public Works Association (APWA) Florida Chapter conference held in Jacksonville.

The centerpiece of the day’s event was the Professional Skills Competition held in the parking lot of the Prime Osborn Convention Center. APWA-approved equipment dealers hosted eight challenging and innovative events aimed to test the skills, safety and time of competitors. Types of equipment featured at the event included a mini-excavator, a sewer cleaner, a backhoe loader and a remote-control mower. Competitions included obstacle courses and tasks emphasizing skill and agility.
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.

Watch video from the bill signing
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
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