One Spark is coming to Downtown Jacksonville
April 01, 2015
One Spark Runs Downtown April 7-12

Mayor Alvin Brown joined One Spark Co-Founder and CEO Elton Rivas today to discuss the City of Jacksonville partnership for the third annual One Spark festival. The City and One Spark teams have been working together for the past several months to make this year’s event a success.

“One Spark has grown to be a signature event for Jacksonville, and Downtown has grown along with it,” said Mayor Brown. “This festival puts our city on a global stage, highlighting our greatest strength: our innovative, creative and hardworking people. I’m looking forward to six exciting days in the heart of Jacksonville.”

The City of Jacksonville is one of One Spark’s largest organizational sponsors.  The Downtown Investment Authority will be sponsoring One Spark’s Closing Ceremony on April 12 at 5 p.m. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department, the Public Works Department and the Parks and Recreation Department have also partnered with One Spark to ensure festival attendees have a great experience in Downtown Jacksonville from April 7-12, 2015. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is the official One Spark transportation partner, and is providing free Skyway rides and multiple bus routes for easy access to the festival.
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March 30, 2015
The City of Jacksonville Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (JaxParks) announced its 2015 summer schedule.
 
This year’s summer camps range from day-camp activities to sports skills to oceanfront experiences. JaxParks will host day-enrichment camps at 12 locations for ages 6 to 12, a Kids Camp for 5-year-olds, tennis camp for ages 6 to 13, Ocean Camp for ages 8 to 15 and Aqua Camp for ages 10 to 14. Most camps are offered in three two-week sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, June 22. Extended day is available from 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.


Tire and Sign buyback
March 23, 2015
The City of Jacksonville, in partnership with the Jacksonville City Council, will host the second annual tire and sign buy-back event at EverBank Field on Saturday, March 28 as part of efforts to curb neighborhood and urban blight.

Residents can trade in up to 10 tires at a rate of $2 per tire, or up to 40 illegal snipe signs for 50 cents per sign. In 2014, the city collected more than 23,000 tires and 6,000 illegal signs at the event. 
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March 20, 2015
Ordinance 2015-60 Moves Forward Efforts to Invest in Underserved Neighborhoods

Mayor Alvin Brown today signed legislation that moves forward the efforts of his Renew Jax initiative.  The mayor was joined by Jacksonville City Council members and other city leaders at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as he signed Ordinance 2015-60, which advances the city’s collaboration with the private and non-profit sectors to invest in Jacksonville neighborhoods. Jacksonville City Council passed the ordinance by a unanimous vote on March 10.
 
“I’m encouraged by the momentum and progress behind Renew Jax and the many partnerships that are making it possible. These collaborations will breathe new life into our neighborhoods and improve the lives of those who live in them,” said Mayor Brown.  “By leveraging public, private and non-profit investments, we are fostering a healthy environment that helps bring in more jobs and opportunity, and create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods for everyone in Jacksonville.”
 
Council Member Reggie Brown was in attendance at the event, which was held in his district. He was encouraged by the potential that Renew Jax holds for Northwest Jacksonville neighborhoods.
 
“The people in these neighborhoods have been looking for investments like these for a long time now. I’m excited to move forward on these concrete actions,” said Council Member Brown. “These enhancements will empower our neighborhoods by improving the lives of residents and creating safer, more attractive and lively communities where businesses can invest and thrive.”
Let's Move Jacksonville
March 17, 2015
The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized Mayor Alvin Brown and the City of Jacksonville for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! Initiative, which aims to ensure that kids grow up healthy. LMCTC works closely with local elected officials nationwide to adopt policies that improve access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity for their constituents across five goal areas.
 
“We congratulate Jacksonville for your dedication to building a healthier community for children and families,” said NLC President Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah. “Through the tireless leadership and action of local elected officials in cities, towns and counties across the country, we hope to see continued progress in reversing America’s epidemic of childhood obesity.” 
Barbara Goodman and Mayor Alvin Brown
March 12, 2015
Today Mayor Alvin Brown hosted the 23rd Annual Mayor’s Environmental Awards Luncheon, which highlighted the accomplishments of local organizations, companies and individuals in environmental awareness and advocacy.  Each award was presented by the mayor and leaders of local organizations.
 
“Everyone has a responsibility to be a steward of our environment,” said Mayor Brown. “The individuals and organizations we’re honoring today not only accept this responsibility, they embrace it. Jacksonville is fortunate to have great people who care so deeply and passionately about protecting our great natural resources.”
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March 04, 2015
Initiative gives residents new, easy-to-use tools to identify and report blight

Members of the City Council Special Ad Hoc Committee on Neighborhood Blight and city leaders today unveiled the Fight Blight initiative, designed to give residents new, easy-to-use tools to identify and report blight. 
Riverwalk Reopens
February 26, 2015
New Public Art and BARGE Event Series Will Help Activate Downtown

Adding to the exciting wave of Downtown renewal, the new, improved Southbank Riverwalk opened today with an event at Friendship Fountain. Mayor Alvin Brown, Council President Clay Yarborough, Councilmembers Warren Jones, John Crescimbeni and Don Redman, and other city leaders announced new features and opportunities in celebration of the opening of this renovated Downtown centerpiece.
 
“This newly redesigned Southbank Riverwalk will add even more momentum to our Downtown riverfront and serve as a destination for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Brown. “This new 4,000-foot Riverwalk provides a unique experience for the public to enjoy our treasured St. Johns River, and represents a great investment in the quality of life and future of our community.”
 
Originally constructed in 1985, the Southbank Riverwalk was reconstructed during an 18-month design-build project led by the Haskell Company, in partnership with CH2MHill and Flagg Design. The $17 million project replaced the aging wood structure with a concrete path on the river, featuring colorful paver bricks. 

"The Riverwalk is a great asset,” said Council President Clay Yarborough. “I'm thankful the project is finished so that our residents and visitors can enjoy the river and Downtown from this venue once again."
Mayor Brown surrounded by members of the Downtown Investment Authority, signing Ordinance 2014-560 into law
February 24, 2015
Ordinance 2014-560 Empowers the DIA to Accomplish Key Downtown Projects 

Mayor Alvin Brown signed Ordinance 2014-560 into law Tuesday during the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) board meeting, authorizing the DIA to be the community redevelopment agency for Downtown.  The legislation empowers the DIA to move important projects forward, such as redevelopment of the Shipyards, and The Jacksonville Landing.
 
“Downtown Jacksonville is on the move, and we’ve seen great progress over the past few years,” said Mayor Brown. “With today’s bill signing, the DIA is now the full-fledged engine for Downtown Jacksonville that will drive more jobs, residents and investment in our urban core and revitalize the heart of our city and Northeast Florida.”

View the legislative summary for Ordinance 2014-560.
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February 11, 2015
Building on major new investments by Jacksonville University, Mayor Alvin Brown was joined today by City Council members and Jacksonville University President Tim Cost to announce that the City’s Renew Jax initiative will expand to the Arlington area.  Launched by Mayor Brown in November 2014, Renew Jax is designed to empower and revitalize key Jacksonville neighborhoods and corridors through public-private partnerships.

View the Renew Arlington Fact Sheet

“Arlington is a community that’s ready for a turnaround,” said Mayor Brown.  “It’s a neighborhood with a great past and I believe it can look forward to a great future.  By leveraging public and private investments, we will create new business and job opportunities along with a safer, more vibrant environment for everyone in Arlington.”
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