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.

Read about other recent economic development bills signed by Mayor Brown
Mayor Brown signing the new bill into law
December 12, 2012
Mayor applauds City Council for backing legislation to reduce wait time

Mayor Alvin Brown’s plan to overhaul economic development policy is now official. The mayor signed legislation (2012-213) Wednesday creating a more efficient process for companies to collaborate with City Hall for development, relocation or expansion in Jacksonville. The bill-signing followed a unanimous vote by City Council to approve the measure Tuesday night.

“This is about investing in our future and making Jacksonville the most competitive city it can be at time that cities all over America are fighting for jobs,” said the mayor. “Our streamlined policy empowers the City of Jacksonville to work more effectively with the private sector for jobs and opportunity. I commend City Council for its hard work and dedication to economic development.”

Nick Sankowitz, President of the Philadelphia Union, and Mayor Alvin Brown
December 11, 2012
Philadelphia Union agrees to play exhibition matches in Jacksonville
 
Major League Soccer will be coming to EverBank Field for at least the next three years as Mayor Alvin Brown announced an agreement with Philadelphia Union to host an annual exhibition match each February.
 
On Feb. 15, 2013, the Union will face another MLS team, to be announced in the near future, starting at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a free youth clinic at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Mayor Brown with supporters and stakeholders of the Daytime Resource Center
November 29, 2012
City Rescue Mission to host pilot project

City Rescue Mission is partnering with the City of Jacksonville to administer a one-year pilot project that will host a daytime resource center intended to transform the lives of Jacksonville’s homeless.

Watch video from the announcement

Mayor Alvin Brown applauded the City Rescue Mission and its CEO, David Bugher, during Thursday’s announcement, saying it marked a significant step toward developing solutions for those who are trying to rebuild themselves amid personal and economic challenges.

Mayor Brown speaking at his announcement appointing Theodore N. Carter (pictured) to head the Office of Economic Development
November 16, 2012
Position is critical component of mayor’s vision for jobs and opportunity

Mayor Alvin Brown has chosen Theodore N. Carter, an executive with more than 20 years of public and private sector experience, to head the new Office of Economic Development.

As the Economic Development Officer, he will manage the city’s day-to-day economic development functions with an aim to attract good-paying jobs and quality business opportunities to make Jacksonville more competitive. His appointment is a critical component of the mayor’s vision to transition away from the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and create an Office of Economic Development with executive management capacity.
Mayor Brown and JU Director of Athletics Brad Edwards
November 13, 2012
March Madness Will Return To Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville will welcome the NCAA men's basketball championship to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in 2015 with the second and third rounds being awarded on Monday.

This is the third time that Jacksonville has been picked to be a host. Past events generated an estimated economic of $12 million in 2006, and a similar impact was projected in 2010.

"March Madness will draw investment and attention on our great city,” said Mayor Brown. “Hosting the NCAA tournament continues the momentum we have experienced in making our city a great destination for sports and entertainment. I want to thank all of our partners for working with us to successfully bid for the tournament.”

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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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