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Mayor’s New Working Group Looks For Quick Ways To Spur Downtown Jax Development

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is working with a small group of business and community leaders to come up with quick ways to spur economic development Downtown.

The group met for the first time Monday morning.

“Nearly two years ago, I committed to the people of this city that by the time I left office, you wouldn’t recognize Downtown Jacksonville. My team and I are focused on that goal and are working hand in hand with business and community leaders to make that vision a reality,” Curry said.

The mayor’s Downtown Business & Community Working Group, as it’s being called, is made up of the following members:

  • John Rood, chairman of Vestcor Companies

  • Gary Norcrossm, chairman, president and CEO of FIS

  • Aundra Wallace, president of JAX USA

  • Nat Ford, CEO of the JTA

  • Jack Hanania, founder and CEO of Hanania automotive group

  • Edward Burr, president and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings

During Monday’s meeting, the group talked about everything from transportation to events to homelessness.
The next step is for the group to gather information on what’s important to the people who live and work Downtown and then put together a list of recommended actions.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.