August 05, 2015
Mayor Appoints Directors for Office of Economic Development and Fire & Rescue Department

Mayor Lenny Curry today announced key appointments to the Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD). 

Kirk Wendland, current Director of Business Development at the architecture, engineering and construction firm Stellar, will serve as the director of OED.  Wendland has more than 28 years in the Jacksonville market, with previous experience as president of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and director of finance and administration for the Downtown Development Authority.

Kurtis Wilson, an 18-year veteran of JFRD, was appointed as Director and Fire Chief. Wilson is currently the captain of Marine Unit 39 and has previously served as division chief of Operations, Fire Prevention and Administrative Services. 

Macquarie Group announced their move to Jacksonville in a news conference on July 30, 2015
July 30, 2015
Move Will Create 123 Local Financial Services Jobs

International financial services company Macquarie Group will open an office in Downtown Jacksonville, creating 123 highly skilled jobs over the next two years.

The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved the project on Tuesday as Project Post, and Macquarie officials announced today they selected Jacksonville as the home for these jobs, which have an average annual wage of more than $64,000.
Mayor Lenny Curry presenting his proposed annual budget to City Council on July 20, 2015
July 21, 2015
Mayor Lenny Curry laid out his priorities and presented his proposed 2015-2016 Annual Budget to the Jacksonville City Council during a special meeting on Monday, July 20, 2015. View digital versions of the mayor's proposed budget and capital improvement plan at www.coj.net/myjaxbudget
Robin Lumb, Newly Appointed Director of Policy for Mayor Lenny Curry
July 10, 2015
Robin Lumb Will Serve as Mayor’s Director of Policy
 
Mayor Lenny Curry announced today that he has appointed Robin Lumb as his Director of Policy. 
 
In this capacity, Lumb – a former At-Large Jacksonville City Councilman – will report to newly appointed Chief of Staff Kerri Stewart.  
June 24, 2015
Playoff Teams Atlanta and New Orleans to Face Off in Third Annual Event

For the third straight year, Jacksonville will be a destination for the NBA as the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans face off in a preseason game at Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, Oct. 9.
 
The Hawks, who posted the best record in the Eastern Conference this season, will be playing a Pelicans team that advanced to the playoffs in the Western Conference for the first time since 2011.
 
“This year’s NBA game between two playoff teams showcases Jacksonville’s strong ability to host major events. We are excited that our partnership with the NBA will continue for a third successive year,” Mayor Alvin Brown said. “Our city’s record as a premier destination for sports and entertainment will only continue building momentum with this first-class show for basketball fans in 2015.”
 
The New Orleans Pelicans return to Jacksonville for the third year in a row. They feature All-NBA performer Anthony Davis coached by Alvin Gentry, who was an assistant coach for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors this past season.

June 23, 2015
Join the City of Jacksonville and PRI Productions in celebrating our nation’s independence with the annual 4th of July Celebration. The event will feature a free concert at the Shipyards with performances by Jacksonville’s own Be Easy opening for pop/rock band Orleans. Orleans is best known for iconic hits “Still the One,” “Dance with Me,” and “Love Takes Time.” Activities kick off at 5 p.m. with family fun games and entertainment on the Northbank at the Shipyards and on the Southbank at Friendship Fountain.
 
Capping off the day’s events will be a spectacular fireworks display, choreographed to music, over the Downtown riverfront. The show will begin at 9:45 p.m.
 
The fireworks can be viewed from the Northbank and Southbank of the St. Johns River. Fireworks will be launched near The Jacksonville Landing and the Shipyards.
 
Mayor-elect Lenny Curry
June 23, 2015
On July 1, 2015, Mayor-Elect Lenny Curry will take office as the next mayor of Jacksonville. Work to ensure a successful, effective and seamless transition is underway. Learn more about the Transition Leadership Team, find out about upcoming meetings and stay up-to-date on the latest announcements by visiting Mayor-Elect Curry’s Transition website at coj.net/transition
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June 19, 2015
Retirement Reform Agreement Saves Taxpayers $1.5 Billion Over 30 Years

Mayor Alvin Brown and the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund Board of Trustees signed off Friday on a new reform agreement that will provide long-term savings to taxpayers and support the retirements of the city’s first responders. The approval followed the City Council’s strong vote of support earlier this month for the reforms sponsored by Councilman Bill Gulliford.
A job seeker talking to an employer at the 2014 Citywide Job Fair
June 17, 2015
More Than 100 Hiring Companies and Service Providers Expected

Job seekers from throughout the Jacksonville area can seek opportunities at the 2015 Citywide Job and Resource Fair at the Prime Osborn Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, hosted by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and Mayor Alvin Brown. More than 100 companies and service providers are expected to attend.
Volunteers helping to beautify Klutho Park at the June 17, 2015 announcement with the U.S. Department of Interior
June 17, 2015
Program Will Connect Local Young People with the Great Outdoors

Mayor Alvin Brown today announced that Jacksonville was selected by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a priority city for its new Youth in the Great Outdoors initiative.

The bold new initiative will work to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards and inspire millions of young adults to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. Mayor Brown joined National Park Service Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell and Eric Mann, president & CEO of Florida’s First Coast YMCA, to announce that Jacksonville has been selected as one of the first 50 cities to participate in the nationwide movement.
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