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City leaders hope a new partnership will help Northeast Florida play a bigger role in the global economy.
Jacksonville is joining the Global Cities Initiative’s new Exchange Network.

Jacksonville is one of eight communities in the initial exchange network and the only one that has a major port business.

The network will later expand to include more U.S. cities and others around the world.

Mayor Alvin Brown said there are valuable benefits to the partnership.

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When you think of tech startups, you probably think of Silicon Valley - or cities like New York, Boston, or Austin, Texas - but there’s a new push to bring high tech businesses here to Jacksonville.

The University of North Florida recently created a new Innovation Program. Its goal?

"To bring high-tech jobs to Jacksonville," says director Jerry Merckel.