Shad Khan

Policy Matters: Mark Lamping & Jason Altmire

Nov 14, 2017

In the November episode of Policy Matters host Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, spoke with Jacksonville Jaguars president Mark Lamping about the plans owner Shad Khan has for the redevelopment of the Shipyards and other projects at or near the Sports Complex.

He also spoke with former Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA) about his book “Dead Center” which deals with political polarization in America and what can be done about it. 

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Jacksonville government officials and business leaders traded the River City’s sunshine and high of 77 degrees for the chilly high of 46 in Toronto, Canada — where the group is or the annual JAXCHAMBER Leadership Trip.

  Monday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with WJCT’s sports analyst Cole Pepper about the Jaguars and other NFL teams protests Sunday of statements made by President Trump (01:18).  

We also spoke with Tony Penna who directs efforts for Enroll America about the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill (29:34).

   

Youth Crisis Center CEO Kim Sirdevan discussed helping kids deal with trauma (39:50).

Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub program director Kathleen Schofield told us about the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative (46:19).


Friday on our weekly “First Coast Connect” Media Roundtable, we featured Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Kitchen, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also spoke with Dylan Read, lifestyle director of Shearwater, about Earth Day events Saturday in St. Johns County. HandsOn Jacksonville CEO LeAnn Daddario told us about next Sunday’s Celebrate GOOD Festival and artist Lana Shuttleworth talked about her exhibit being unveiled Friday night at the Space Gallery. 


Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on “First Coast Connect” featured Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Christian, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, blogger Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons. We also spoke with Jeff Smith, arts director for the Duval County School District about next week’s Celebration of the Arts and host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with actor and singer Audra McDonald.   


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The Jacksonville Jaguars presented its 2017 “State Of The Franchise” address Wednesday.

The team’s president Mark Lamping began the event with a blunt statement:

“You’re going to hear some good news today. You’re going to hear some not-so-good news,” he said. “You’re going to hear and come to the conclusion that there might be some reasons for concern and you’re going to hear a lot of reasons for tremendous optimism.”

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The Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday introduced new leadership after the firing of head coach Gus Bradley. The team is counting on former Coach Tom Coughlin to give it the shot in the arm that’s been missing since he left more than a decade ago.


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Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park could soon be developed into a shopping and residential area across from EverBank Field. The city is planning to solicit development proposals starting in January for the park and neighboring Shipyards property.


Friday on First Coast Connect, our Media Roundtable panel included Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods and WJCT business analyst John Burr. CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Paul Martinez spoke about Saturday’s inaugural Collard Green Festival at the organization’s Woodland Acres Club Farm, and Museum of Science and History Executive Director Maria Hane told us about Saturday’s MOSH Bash, celebrating the museum’s 75th anniversary. 


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly writer; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the Jacksonville City Council a $90 million deal with the Jaguars Shad Khan for a new amphitheater and field upgrades, continued discussion about the city's human rights ordinance, and the future of the Jacksonville Skyway.

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