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JAX Chamber and Building America’s Future Educational Fund to host forum on Jacksonville’s infrastructure

The JAX Chamber and Building America’s Future Educational Fund are co-hosting a forum about Jacksonville’s transportation infrastructure on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

The forum will examine the importance of investing in infrastructure improvements and its regional and national impact on the economy, job growth and quality of life. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, co-chair of Building America’s Future Educational Fund, is the keynote speaker.

“If America stops investing in infrastructure, we are destined to become a second-rate power,” Rendell said. “Infrastructure is important in everything that we do. We must invest and support infrastructure improvements to increase our nation’s economic competitiveness and improve the quality of our lives.”

The forum will include a discussion about local, state and federal transportation infrastructure challenges. Panelists include JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson, Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Michael Blaylock, and Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO and Executive Director Steve Grossman. Florida Rep. Lake Ray is the moderator for the panel.

“Investments in our transportation systems result in job creation,” Ray said. “For our region to move forward, it begins with a greater understanding of the local infrastructure challenges as well as the federal funding and financing options available. I encourage everyone to attend this forum and learn how they can positively impact the future of our region’s transportation network.”

Tickets are $20. Corporate tables of eight are available for $160. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register, contact Kelly Pourciau at kelly.pourciau@myjaxchamber.com or by phone at 904-366-6646.


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