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JAX Chamber sets 2011 priorities

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors, headed by Chairperson Hugh Greene, CEO of Baptist Health, recently set its goals for the coming year.  The board is focused on continuing to drive economic growth in Northeast Florida.

The areas include:

• JAXPORT. The port of Jacksonville is an economic engine for job creation and high-wage jobs in our community.  To attract more companies and create thousands of new jobs, it is critical to secure funding for infrastructure improvements.

• Downtown revitalization. A vibrant downtown is essential for Jacksonville’s future success.  Greene and Chamber leaders are working with other organizations to develop and implement a plan that would revitalize downtown.

• Entrepreneurial and second-stage business development. The Chamber must advocate for small and second-stage businesses, providing programs and services where needed and improving access to capital according to Greene.  Second stage businesses represent 13 percent of all companies, but they produce more than one-third of all employees in the region.

• Jacksonville’s spring elections. The upcoming elections will usher in new leadership.  The Chamber endorsed candidates whose positions align most closely with its priorities.


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