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Ferraro, right, announced his campaign for mayor Saturday.
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Jacksonville District 2 City Councilman Al Ferraro announced Saturday he is running for mayor in 2023, an election that has already drawn historic infusions of cash as current Mayor Lenny Curry is termed out and the seat is wide open. 

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At least nine months out from Jacksonville’s next mayoral election, the JAX Chamber’s political arm is throwing its considerable weight behind Mayor Lenny Curry’s bid for reelection.

Monday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the future of Enterprise Florida with JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis. This month’s edition of First Coast Success with Karen Brune Mathis featured Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes & Cemeteries president Jody Brandenburg. We also heard about a new video series through the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of North Florida. We were joined by Sean Lahav, the project leader and producer of the videos, John November from the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida and Maria Mark, program coordinator. 

  Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant and state attorney and Navy veteran Paul Renner are facing off in the August 26 primary.

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The U-S Mens Soccer team is coming to Jacksonville just ahead of playing in the World Cup.The team will play a match against Nigeria June 7th at EverBank Field. 

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The Duval County School District and Jax Chamber are working together to make food trucks a part of the district's career academies.

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About 60 officials and organizations spoke to Duval County's state legislative delegation Wednesday at it’s annual organizational meeting ahead of next year’s legislative session.

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The city's official tourism agency is encouraging local business leaders and trade groups to bring their conventions to the city.

The "Bring It Home" initiative kicked off Wednesday at Visit Jacksonville’s annual meeting.

Visit Jacksonville President and CEO Paul Astelford said most of the local residents in leadership positions are members of groups that hold annual conventions, and that they could have some influence in bringing those convention dollars to Jacksonville.

Astelford said Visit Jacksonville can help if those leaders ask.

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It may have been a blowout loss for the Jaguars, but local business officials are hoping their trip to London for the Jags Oct. 27 game against the 49ers will lead to new jobs and increased tourism in Jacksonville.

Mayor Alvin Brown joined officials from Jax Chamber and Visit Jacksonville for an economic development mission to L0ndon aligned with the Jaguars visit.

Mayor Brown said the four year commitment to the London games will give Jacksonville more international exposure.

JAX USA President Jerry Mallot said at least economic deals could be on the horizon.

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The Jax Chamber Board of Directors voted on Friday to urge the Jacksonville City Council not to pass Mayor Alvin Brown's pension reform plan.

Jax Chamber President Daniel Davis said any plan needs to be funded, accountable and predictable. He says the legislation in front of the council doesn't go far enough to do this.

The Chamber's opposition to the plan comes on the heels  of the Jacksonville Civic Council also asking the plan be rejected.

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State Representative Daniel Davis started his new job as President and CEO of JAX Chamber Monday morning.

Davis is a former City Council President and just stepped down as Executive Director of the North Florida Builders Association.

He says the first thing he’ll do is travel around the area for about three months getting to know chamber membership.

Davis sent Chamber members a message saying he’s committed to growing more jobs in the region. He will not step down from the State Legislature, but he won’t run for re-election.

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State Representative Daniel Davis has been appointed the new President and CEO of Jax Chamber. The 40-year-old Davis has been Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Builders Association since 2006.

Davis says he wants to do more to help local businesses expand and create more jobs in Northeast Florida.

Davis joined the state legislature in 2010. He replaced Jennifer Carroll when she left her seat to run for Lt. Governor.