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Regional Leaders Meet to Talk Economic Development

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Kevin Meerschaert

    Business leaders and elected officials from across Northeast Florida gathered today for an economic summit hosted by Jax Chamber.

Much of the discussion was about how the counties can work together to maintain a strong business climate.

Officials from six area counties talked about the budget problems they had to face the past few years, but all say things are now starting to turn around.

One of the main issues was transportation and the need to work together to get major projects funded and built.

Jacksonville City Council President Bill Bishop says its important for officials from around the region to meet on a regular basis.   

The meeting also included an overview of which state and federal issues are on the Chamber’s regional advocacy agenda.

That list includes shortening the approval process and streamlining permitting for economic development projects and creating a Regional Transportation Commission.