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First Coast Connect: Officials Say Transportation A 'Direct Driver Of Economy'

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Kevin Meerschaert
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The $67 million intersection improvements at I-95 and J. Butler Blvd. in Jacksonville are expected to be completed by Spring 2017.

The First Coast has a growing economy and needs to expand its transportation infrastructure to keep up. That’s one of the issues to be discussed Sept. 13 during a panel discussion at the River Club sponsored by CREW Jacksonville and WTS of northeast Florida.

On First Coast Connect Wednesday, JaxAlliance Executive Director Alan Mosley said transportation is the platform for good economic activity.

“Public and private sector really need to be of one accord as we compete for ever tightening state and federal funds,” he said. “We’re very fortunate here in northeast Florida that our public sector, federal, local and state really work well together. We’ve done some really good things here.”  

JaxAlliance is a business unit within JaxChamber focusing efforts on transportation energy and infrastructure.

North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield said it is always a challenge to come up with the funding mechanism for transportation projects.     

“It’s always going to be a revenue issue when we look at the amount of investment that needs to be made versus the amount of funding that we would see the amount of funding that we would see coming in,” he said.

The purpose of the conference is to display the business case for transportation improvements and why they need to be supported in the private sector.

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax