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Mayor Lenny Curry announces Dun & Bradstreet's relocation to Jacksonville
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Leading financial services firm Dun & Bradstreet is opening a new office in Jacksonville and plans to designate the city as its corporate headquarters. The move is expected to create about 500 jobs over the course of five years, the company announced Thursday alongside Mayor Lenny Curry. 

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Several prominent local organizations are praising the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s decision to support a market-based approach to accelerate fossil fuel emissions reduction to address climate change, which may give more momentum to calls for the oil and gas industry to pay a carbon tax.

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Mayor Lenny Curry announced the group of community members he’ll be consulting with about reopening Jacksonville’s economy. 

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The Longest Table community dinner event planned for Wednesday night has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 29 due to a strong chance of rain, accoding to JAX Chamber.

Monday on First Coast Connect we heard about the JAX Chamber’s upcoming Infrastructure Innovation Summit with Chamber Vice-President for Entrepreneurial Growth Carlton Robinson and Amin Toufani, CEO of T Labs in Silicon Valley who will be one of the event’s speakers (01:03).    

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Several local agencies are trying to get a $25 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund what’s been dubbed the Bay Street Innovation Corridor in Jacksonville.

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The JAX Chamber hosted its 5th annual Tech Coast Conference on Wednesday, featuring a new $2,500 IT scholarship which was awarded to two University of North Florida freshmen.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, local talk show host Angela Spears, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

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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.

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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is among the chorus of voices calling for the city’s Confederate monuments to be inventoried.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said there’s a business case for better understanding the city’s past.


Our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT business analyst John Burr. Artists Tracie Thornton, Jenny Hager and Lance Vickery told us about the exhibit “Humanity: The Value of a Life,” beginning Friday at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. HGTV star Tyler Wisler joined the program to discuss the Home and Patio show at the Prime Osborn Center and we met “Show Boat” cast members Billy Clark Taylor, Annabelle Fox and Peter Jackson. 


A Florida house budget panel recently voted against funding an economic development agency as well as the state’s tourism bureau.

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. 


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As diplomatic relations improve between Cuba and the U.S., more and more people are traveling to the island nation.  Among them is WJCT business analyst John Burr, who traveled there recently with a group from his church. 


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Supporters are hoping the third time will be the charm in passing a bill to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to cover the LGBT community.

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Darnell Smith from Jax Chamber and Pastor R. L. Gundy about the latest attempt to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to include the LGBT community.        

We also heard from Voices of Hope programming chair Rebecca Rejtman Bennett and Museum of Science and History curator Paul Bourcier about a new exhibit about Anne Frank and our Going Green segment highlighted Melissa Beaudry of Fleet Farming. 


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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the news podcast of the First Coast.

On this episode of Redux, the Jacksonville Electric Authority is being investigating by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegations of racial discrimination. Then, a recent survey has the River City listed as one of the top places for women to start a business. And, in a separate piece, some 50 city businesses are uniting to “ban the box.”

Also, Jacksonville has sparked a new trend that has an impressive list of participants, including First Lady Michelle Obama, singer Adele and pretty much every professional sports franchise known to man.


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As shootings continue to rock the Jacksonville community, the JAX Chamber hopes breaking bread helps the community come together.


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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to get employers to give people with arrest records a chance.

Representatives from dozens of large and small companies gathered on the steps of the Chamber building Tuesday in support of Project Open Door.

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For the 10th year, businesses and conservationists intersected at the city of Jacksonville’s environmental symposium Friday.

JAX Chamber PAC Endorses Marco Rubio for Senate

Jul 28, 2016
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a federal political action committee associated with the JAX Chamber are endorsing incumbent Republican Senator Marco Rubio for re-election.

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JAX Chamber Chair Audrey Moran wants Jacksonville to take notes from the successful riverfront development in Oklahoma City.

Chamber members took a leadership trip to Oklahoma in November. Moran said she was amazed by what the city’s done to get people out on the water.

 


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Anyone looking for a job will soon have a new app to help them on their search — and it’s being developed in Jacksonville.

A tech startup has put down roots in the River City.  


Hot Ticket: Art, Music and Hunting?

May 12, 2016
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Hey arts and culture lovers, there is lots to do as always this weekend.


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On the final leg of a conservation-awareness tour, the St. Johns Riverkeeper announced Friday it’s suing to halt plans to deepen the river.

The lawsuit is challenging state environmental regulators' approval of a Jacksonville plan to accommodate larger ships at JAXPORT.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says there’ll be no new investments in downtown development until the city can achieve pension reform.

The JAX Chamber says it’s all hands on deck to make sure state lawmakers pass the pension bill.


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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is pulling its support for a an environmental offset sought by the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

The agreement included plans to breach the Rodman Dam in Putnam County in exchange for deepening the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.

 

Last week, the Riverkeeper announced plans to sue over the proposed St. Johns River dredging. Almost immediately, the JAX Chamber told the Florida Times-Union it no longer supports a compromise reached with the Riverkeeper eight months ago. St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says the news came as a shock.

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On Thursday afternoon the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce announced Macquarie Group, an Australian financial services company, will soon grow roots in Jacksonville.

Under an economic development agreement with the city, Macquarie has promised Jacksonville 123 new jobs that pay an annual wage of more than $60,000.

And if the group keeps up its end of the bargain, Jacksonville will provide the company with grants, including nearly a quarter-million dollars for training.

Last week, Florida Lieutenant Governor — and Senate hopeful — Carlos Lopez-Cantera stopped in Jacksonville. The only meeting on his schedule that day was at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the meeting is just one example of how the Jax Chamber is getting more involved in politics.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include the mayoral race, an endorsement of Lenny Curry by the Chamber of Commerce-affiliated group JAXBIZ, a JEA committee approving an agreement between the utility and City Hall to help pay down Jacksonville's pension debt, and more.

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