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Downtown and Arlington Councils host first public policy forum

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown and Arlington Councils welcomed Florida Sen. John Thrasher andAudrey Moran, co-chair of Mayor Alvin Brown’s transition team, to the first Public Policy Executive Overview. More than 75 local business leaders attended the forum, which examined state and local budget process.

“Our first forum was a tremendous success,” said Downtown Council President Pat Geer. “The program engaged the audience while providing critical and relevant information about changes in the state and local budgets that may affect local businesses.”

During the program, Sen. Thrasher offered his observations on Florida’s state budgeting issues while Moran focused on Jacksonville budget matters. Both presenters spoke candidly and offered keen insight on the economic impact facing big businesses and local entrepreneurs alike during a question-and-answer session with the audience.

“We look forward to hosting additional forums and continuing the dialogue we started today,” said Arlington Council President Matthew Kampfe. “Programs like this provide a greater understanding of public policy issues and their impact on our local business community.”

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