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JAX Chamber PAC Endorses Marco Rubio for Senate

Jul 28, 2016
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a federal political action committee associated with the JAX Chamber are endorsing incumbent Republican Senator Marco Rubio for re-election.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

JAX Chamber Chair Audrey Moran wants Jacksonville to take notes from the successful riverfront development in Oklahoma City.

Chamber members took a leadership trip to Oklahoma in November. Moran said she was amazed by what the city’s done to get people out on the water.

 


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Anyone looking for a job will soon have a new app to help them on their search — and it’s being developed in Jacksonville.

A tech startup has put down roots in the River City.  


Hot Ticket: Art, Music and Hunting?

May 12, 2016
Flagler College

Hey arts and culture lovers, there is lots to do as always this weekend.


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Editor's note: This article has been modified to clarify the parties involved in the lawsuit.

On the final leg of a conservation-awareness tour, the St. Johns Riverkeeper announced Friday it’s suing to halt plans to deepen the river.

The lawsuit is challenging state environmental regulators' approval of a Jacksonville plan to accommodate larger ships at JAXPORT.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says there’ll be no new investments in downtown development until the city can achieve pension reform.

The JAX Chamber says it’s all hands on deck to make sure state lawmakers pass the pension bill.


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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is pulling its support for a an environmental offset sought by the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

The agreement included plans to breach the Rodman Dam in Putnam County in exchange for deepening the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.

 

Last week, the Riverkeeper announced plans to sue over the proposed St. Johns River dredging. Almost immediately, the JAX Chamber told the Florida Times-Union it no longer supports a compromise reached with the Riverkeeper eight months ago. St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says the news came as a shock.

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On Thursday afternoon the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce announced Macquarie Group, an Australian financial services company, will soon grow roots in Jacksonville.

Under an economic development agreement with the city, Macquarie has promised Jacksonville 123 new jobs that pay an annual wage of more than $60,000.

And if the group keeps up its end of the bargain, Jacksonville will provide the company with grants, including nearly a quarter-million dollars for training.

Last week, Florida Lieutenant Governor — and Senate hopeful — Carlos Lopez-Cantera stopped in Jacksonville. The only meeting on his schedule that day was at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the meeting is just one example of how the Jax Chamber is getting more involved in politics.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include the mayoral race, an endorsement of Lenny Curry by the Chamber of Commerce-affiliated group JAXBIZ, a JEA committee approving an agreement between the utility and City Hall to help pay down Jacksonville's pension debt, and more.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman joins us to discuss the unlikely partnership between environmentalists, the City of Jacksonville, Jax Chamber and JaxPort to remove the Rodman Dam in Putnam County. This controversial agreement would involve moving ahead with the planned dredging of the St. Johns River while allowing more fresh water into the system by restoring the Ocklawaha River.

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Mayor Alvin Brown demonstrated Thursday how seriously he takes the goal of bringing more big sporting events to Jacksonville.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

The U-S Mens Soccer team is coming to Jacksonville just ahead of playing in the World Cup.The team will play a match against Nigeria June 7th at EverBank Field. 

Rhema Thompson

It’s not your granddad’s classroom. And it probably isn’t the kind of classroom you grew up in either.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Jacksonville businesses are hoping unmanned aircraft systems, known as drones, could save them money and make businesses more efficient.

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