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The Duval County School District and Jax Chamber are working together to make food trucks a part of the district's career academies.

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When he campaigned for governor in 2010, Rick Scott pledged to create 700,000 new jobs if he won.

As Scott seeks re-election in 2014, he’s already touting his jobs record and falling unemployment. 

This week though, a joint investigative series in the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald takes issue with the governor’s jobs claims.

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Next week, the JAX Chamber is hosting a first of its kind event discussing a fascinating and controversial topic, drone aircraft.

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City leaders hope a new partnership will help Northeast Florida play a bigger role in the global economy.
Jacksonville is joining the Global Cities Initiative’s new Exchange Network.

Jacksonville is one of eight communities in the initial exchange network and the only one that has a major port business.

The network will later expand to include more U.S. cities and others around the world.

Mayor Alvin Brown said there are valuable benefits to the partnership.

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About 60 officials and organizations spoke to Duval County's state legislative delegation Wednesday at it’s annual organizational meeting ahead of next year’s legislative session.

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Jacksonville officials say this year’s Week of Valor won’t be a financial burden to the city and they’re confident last year’s problems won’t happen again.

On Tuesday, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the schedule of events that culminate with the Jaguars Military Appreciation Day game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 17.

The city lost about $700,000 last year when plans for a basketball game between Florida and Georgetown on an aircraft carrier went awry, but with no such game on the schedule this year officials expect things to go much smoother. 

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It may have been a blowout loss for the Jaguars, but local business officials are hoping their trip to London for the Jags Oct. 27 game against the 49ers will lead to new jobs and increased tourism in Jacksonville.

Mayor Alvin Brown joined officials from Jax Chamber and Visit Jacksonville for an economic development mission to L0ndon aligned with the Jaguars visit.

Mayor Brown said the four year commitment to the London games will give Jacksonville more international exposure.

JAX USA President Jerry Mallot said at least economic deals could be on the horizon.

Kevin Meerschaert

The Jax Chamber Board of Directors voted on Friday to urge the Jacksonville City Council not to pass Mayor Alvin Brown's pension reform plan.

Jax Chamber President Daniel Davis said any plan needs to be funded, accountable and predictable. He says the legislation in front of the council doesn't go far enough to do this.

The Chamber's opposition to the plan comes on the heels  of the Jacksonville Civic Council also asking the plan be rejected.

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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has created a task force to review the administration’s proposed pension reform bill.

Local attorney Bill Scheu will chair the 11-member panel.

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State Representative Daniel Davis started his new job as President and CEO of JAX Chamber Monday morning.

Davis is a former City Council President and just stepped down as Executive Director of the North Florida Builders Association.

He says the first thing he’ll do is travel around the area for about three months getting to know chamber membership.

Davis sent Chamber members a message saying he’s committed to growing more jobs in the region. He will not step down from the State Legislature, but he won’t run for re-election.

Kevin Meerschaert

Jax Chamber is part of a new program that helps train aspiring entrepreneurs.

Startup Quest matches unemployed college-degree holders with mentors for a ten-week training program where participants team up to turn existing technologies developed at local universities into a marketable product.

About 300 invitees gathered at the Schultz Center Thursday to hear about the program.

Kevin Meerschaert

State Representative Daniel Davis has been appointed the new President and CEO of Jax Chamber. The 40-year-old Davis has been Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Builders Association since 2006.

Davis says he wants to do more to help local businesses expand and create more jobs in Northeast Florida.

Davis joined the state legislature in 2010. He replaced Jennifer Carroll when she left her seat to run for Lt. Governor.

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A 2007 study by the University of Florida estimated the economic impact of The Players Championship to be $150 million. It creates 2,000 jobs, and is the busiest week at Jacksonville International Airport.

That alone is enough to make Chamber officials smile.

But its not just to watch the tournament that thousands of people pack onto the Ponte Vedra course every year.     

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