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Jacksonville Civic Council Appoints New Chairman & Board Members

The Jacksonville Civic Council announced today the appointment of Steve Halverson as the new President/Chairman, effective January 1, 2013. Halverson will serve a two-year term for the 60-member Civic group.  The Jacksonville Civic Council is currently chaired by Peter Rummell.

Halverson is the President & CEO of the Haskell Company, and has been an active Board member of the Civic Council since its inception in 2010.  Halverson also served on the Northbank Redevelopment Task Force chaired by Preston Haskell. The report identified several options for funding a downtown redevelopment agency, as well as a number of land use recommendations, most notably about the need for a new convention center in the downtown core.

The 60-member Jacksonville Civic Council is governed by an operating Board of Directors. Two new members were recently elected to the board; Fred Franklin, Partner, Rogers Towers; and Ron Townsend, Townsend Enterprises, and both will serve a two-year term.

“Steve is the perfect choice to lead the Civic Council for the next two years,” said Peter Rummell, current Chairman of the Jacksonville Civic Council. “He is a proven leader, cares deeply about the city, and has the total respect of his peers and the community. The Civic Council has developed a tight agenda over the past three years and Steve has been an integral part of that effort. He will continue these efforts and will also mine new opportunities.”

Existing Board members include Ed Burr, GreenPointe Holdings; John Delaney, UNF; Nat Glover, Edward Waters College; Hugh Greene, Baptist Health; Kelly Madden, Wells Fargo; Lynn Pappas, Gunster; Peter Rummell, Rummell Company; and Nina Waters, The Community Foundation.


About Steve Halverson

Steve Halverson has managed and led large-scale design and construction enterprises throughout the United States. Halverson is actively involved in numerous academic, industry, and community organizations. He is past Chair of the Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Design-Build Institute of America and the National Center for Construction Education. He is past Vice-Chair of the University of North Florida.  He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Construction Industry Roundtable and Chair of the Teach for America regional board. He is also a director of CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX), PSS World Medical (NASDAQ:PSSI), Florida Blue and ACIG Insurance. He was named to the First Coast Business Hall of Fame in 2009 by the Florida Council on Economic Education and is the 2012 recipient of the Governor’s Business Leader Award.  Halverson received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John’s University and a Juris Doctorate from American University.

About Fred Franklin

Fred Franklin is the Managing Director of Rogers Towers and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. From 1995 through 1997, Franklin served as General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville and its independent agencies.  As general counsel, he was the chief legal officer for Jacksonville’s consolidated government.

About Ron Townsend

A successful retired executive with more than 45 years of experience, Ron Townsend has spent his career helping businesses, charities, and community organizations to achieve their goals. As a highly visible community leader, Townsend currently provides leadership locally as a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Electric Authority Board, and is a trustee of the University of North Florida.

The Jacksonville Civic Council

The Jacksonville Civic Council is a private, non-profit organization formed in 2010. Its mission is to create a clear vision for the city of Jacksonville along with concrete strategies and tactics for achieving this vision. This vision will improve the quality of life in Jacksonville and offer a safe, personally satisfying, economically rewarding place to live and work by offering equal opportunities for all regardless of race or religion, a quality education, a growing economy, a government that is modern, efficient and effective, and a vibrant and thriving downtown.

The Jacksonville Civic Council is currently chaired by Peter Rummell and comprised of nearly 60 business and community leaders.


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