Jacksonville’s 1st Black Mayor Seeks To Jumpstart Economy

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Jacksonville’s first Black mayor Alvin Brown is describing himself as the “Jobs Mayor.”

The mayor has launched a high-profile campaign to attract international and domestic investors and companies considering a move or expansion. In the three months leading to the end September, Mayor Alvin Brown took eight trips to locations throughout the country to meet companies interested in doing business with Jacksonville.

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“There’s a sense of optimism that he can help improve the economy. He’s only been in office for just over 100 days but he’s upbeat, energetic and positive. That sets the tone for optimism,” says Mark Woods, columnist for the Florida Times-Union.

Only last month, Brown accompanied a delegation of business leaders on a 5-day trip to Brazilto build relationships with companies interested in doing business in Jacksonville and elsewhere in the state. “We’re taking a very proactive, aggressive approach to position ourselves to compete when it comes to jobs,” Brown said when the trip was announced.

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