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9/18/2018: Convention Center; John Chappelear; ED Talks; TEDx Jacksonville Conference

Kevin Meerschaert
On Wednesday the Downtown Investment Authority will evaluate the three proposals to build a new convention center.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect featured guest host David Cawton, reporter for The Jacksonville Daily Record. Ahead of Wednesday’s Downtown Investment Authority meetinghe spoke with DIA Executive Director Aundra Wallace and Visit Jacksonville President Michael Corrigan. The DIA will be evaluating three submitted proposals for a new convention center (01:28).    

Author of the book The Daily Six, John Chappelear joined the show to talk about his program Advanced Community Policing that helps first responders deal with the stress of their everyday lives (15:11).

Ahead of next week’s ED Talks hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund we spoke with Interim President of the fund Rachael Tutwiler Fortune and 2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year Stephanie Bellino (38:25).

The 2018 TEDx Jacksonville conference will be taking place next month at The Florida Theatre. We heard a preview with TEDx spokesperson Jean Grimsley and national design director for RS & H Philip Robbie who will be one of the speakers at the event (46:00).     

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

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.