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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's accomplishments

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's accomplishments

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Jun 29, 2012
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Mayor Alvin BrownFirst Year Accomplishments
Goal: Make Government as Effective and Efficient as Possible
Worked with City Council to close a $58 million shortfall to balance the FY12 budgetwithout increasing taxes or fees or dipping into city reserves. 
Reduced government size by more than 200 positions, including 50 mayoralappointees, as part of overall restructuring that has reduced payroll by nearly $1 million biweekly.
Launched a government reform plan with the 16-1 backing of City Council that hassaved taxpayers $1.3 million and counting as the administration prepares for the FY13 budget.
Concluded long-standing negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police and reachedagreement on a contract that will save taxpayers $20 million over the next three years.
Held 21 meetings in city parks between February and May 2012 where nearly 2,000city employees spoke candidly about their ideas to enhance efficiency in citydepartments.
Reached a tentative agreement with the local American Federation of State County andMunicipal Employees (AFSCME) union on a new contract that will save taxpayersapproximately $1.3 million annually – for a total of nearly $4 million – over the nextthree years if ratified by the union membership and City Council.
Reduced taxpayer expenses for top administrative staffing by bringing in a ChieAdministrative Officer, Education Commissioner, Public-Private Partnerships Officeand Economic Development team through local “executive-on-loan” agreementscosting taxpayers just $1 annually. Mayor Brown was recognized at a BloombergPhilanthropies event in April for executive-on-loan staffing as an innovation ingovernment.
Created the Office of Public Private Partnerships to build relationships, developfunding sources and optimize use of publicly owned real estate. Appointed a FloridaBlue executive, Renee Finley, to lead the office in a $1-a-year executive-on-loanagreement.
Unveiled more than $7 million in funding commitments from the Jacksonville Jaguars,Florida Blue, Wells Fargo, CSX, Terrell Hogan and Farah & Farah during a May 11event with former President Bill Clinton. The money will go to programs to benefitveterans, education, parks, Downtown revitalization and neighborhood stabilization.
Led efforts to make Jacksonville the first Florida city, and one of only eight nationally,to receive an IBM Smarter Cities grant, in which IBM provides consulting andtechnical services (approximate $400,000 value) at no cost to help revitalizeDowntown.
Encouraged philanthropic efforts that generated more than $100,000 to host the annualMartin Luther King, Jr. Parade and the Light Parade at no cost to taxpayers.
Streamlined senior management at the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department (JFRD) by25% and redesigned JFRD ambulances to save 50% on vehicle cost while also reducingmaintenance and improving fuel economy.
Goal: Work with Businesses to Grow Jobs and the Local Economy
Streamlined city economic development functions by transforming the JacksonvilleEconomic Development Commission into the Office of Economic Development.Secured unanimous approval from City Council and both houses of the FloridaLegislature to move forward with an executive-driven structure reporting directly to themayor that would more aggressively recruit high-wage jobs while strengthening thefocus on sports, entertainment, and special events. Met personally with Gov. Rick Scottto explain the plan before the governor signed legislation enabling it to move forward.2
Worked closely with City Council, Gov. Rick Scott, and the Jacksonville RegionalChamber of Commerce to encourage BI-LO Holdings to combine corporateheadquarters with Winn-Dixie in Jacksonville. The move added 100 high-wage jobs, preserved nearly 900 more and is expected to generate approximately $93 million incapital investment.
Saw unemployment decline by nearly three percentage points as 2,930 new jobs inmedical research, aviation, manufacturing and industrial food processing came on line.Met with companies including Web.com, GE Capital, National Healing, and KamanAerospace to encourage further job creation.
Supported city participation in incentive deals that created 574 jobs at Medtronic (175),KCI Aviation (30), The Bruss Co. (200), Global Software Services (30), Caterpillar Work Tools (39) and BI-LO (100).
 Named chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Metro Ports and Exports Task Force inAugust 2011 and hosted at least 70 local leaders including mayors, port directors andtrade specialists in Jacksonville in February 2012 to develop a national agenda thatexpands exports, improves infrastructure and modernizes ports. The discussionsresulted in a detailed resolution adopted by the full U.S. Conference of Mayors in June2012 urging Congress to invest in ports and develop a national freight policy.
Created Mayor’s Business Builder, a program focused on developing a more robustsmall business economy in Jacksonville by exposing entrepreneurs to expert resources.The first sessions were hosted in February 2012 and May 2012.
Partnered with U.S. Small Business Administration Chief Administrator Karen Mills atthe Mayor’s Business Builder with a memorandum of understanding to bring an SBA-certified “micro-lendingprogram to Jacksonville for small business loans up to$50,000.
Worked with City Council to encourage EverBank’s efforts to relocate 1,500employees Downtown in a move that will fill 270,000 square feet of office space in theAT&T Tower (to be renamed EverBank Center) and also is expected to generate anadditional 200 jobs through a city incentive package calling for $5.15 million in taxrefunds.
Met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to help secure a $10 millionTransportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for JAXPORT to work with CSX in building an intermodal container transfer facility thatwill reduce air pollution and wear-and-tear on the roads by moving cargo to rail.
Partnered with CSX, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce andJacksonville’s colleges and universities to create Leaders in Training, a professional3

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