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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is among the chorus of voices calling for the city’s Confederate monuments to be inventoried.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said there’s a business case for better understanding the city’s past.


Our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT business analyst John Burr. Artists Tracie Thornton, Jenny Hager and Lance Vickery told us about the exhibit “Humanity: The Value of a Life,” beginning Friday at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. HGTV star Tyler Wisler joined the program to discuss the Home and Patio show at the Prime Osborn Center and we met “Show Boat” cast members Billy Clark Taylor, Annabelle Fox and Peter Jackson. 


A Florida house budget panel recently voted against funding an economic development agency as well as the state’s tourism bureau.

Monday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the future of Enterprise Florida with JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis. This month’s edition of First Coast Success with Karen Brune Mathis featured Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes & Cemeteries president Jody Brandenburg. We also heard about a new video series through the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of North Florida. We were joined by Sean Lahav, the project leader and producer of the videos, John November from the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida and Maria Mark, program coordinator. 


John Burr

As diplomatic relations improve between Cuba and the U.S., more and more people are traveling to the island nation.  Among them is WJCT business analyst John Burr, who traveled there recently with a group from his church. 


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Supporters are hoping the third time will be the charm in passing a bill to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to cover the LGBT community.

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Darnell Smith from Jax Chamber and Pastor R. L. Gundy about the latest attempt to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to include the LGBT community.        

We also heard from Voices of Hope programming chair Rebecca Rejtman Bennett and Museum of Science and History curator Paul Bourcier about a new exhibit about Anne Frank and our Going Green segment highlighted Melissa Beaudry of Fleet Farming. 


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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the news podcast of the First Coast.

On this episode of Redux, the Jacksonville Electric Authority is being investigating by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegations of racial discrimination. Then, a recent survey has the River City listed as one of the top places for women to start a business. And, in a separate piece, some 50 city businesses are uniting to “ban the box.”

Also, Jacksonville has sparked a new trend that has an impressive list of participants, including First Lady Michelle Obama, singer Adele and pretty much every professional sports franchise known to man.


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As shootings continue to rock the Jacksonville community, the JAX Chamber hopes breaking bread helps the community come together.


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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to get employers to give people with arrest records a chance.

Representatives from dozens of large and small companies gathered on the steps of the Chamber building Tuesday in support of Project Open Door.

Listen to the story on Redux:

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