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JAX Chamber Priorities Focus on Job Growth and Economic Development

February 15th, 2013 · Leave a Comment


The JAX Chamber board of directors has set its 2013 priorities and goals to help drive quality economic growth in Northeast Florida. The priorities include revitalizing Downtown Jacksonville, enhancing education and workforce development, strengthening transportation and infrastructure needs, building strategic partnerships and promoting the area’s community pride.

Revitalize Downtown – The Chamber is contributing to re-energizing the urban core through multiple initiatives including renovating its Downtown headquarters, participating in the Downtown Marketing Collaborative (DMC), organizing and attracting residents to Community First Saturdays; and partnering with other organizations to tackle some of the tough issues facing Downtown.

Encourage Education and Workforce Development –High-wage job growth relies on an educated workforce. Chamber leaders will focus on educational programs that prepare students for jobs within the targeted industries, including Advanced Transportation, Health and Life Sciences and Financial Services. Many positions within these industries require skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Transportation and Infrastructure – The Chamber will work with transportation authorities to develop and market the region as a transportation gateway and will advocate for funding for physical infrastructure improvements as detailed in the Innovate Northeast Florida Strategic Implementation Plan recommendations.

Build Strategic Partnerships – The Chamber’s public policy committee will lead efforts to form strategic alliances with several organizations to help develop and enhance economic development opportunities while strengthening economic partnerships.

Instill Community Pride – The Chamber’s #ilovejax campaign will continue to highlight the region’s business and economic strength and boost community pride in 2013. The #ilovejax campaign uses multiple communication methods with a focus on social media to promote the region and its many positive attributes.

In addition to these priorities, the Chamber will continue providing leadership in public policy to create a business-friendly political environment; work with businesses to create and grow the number of jobs in Northeast Florida; and continually innovate to increase the interaction and engagement among Chamber members.

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