Thursday, July 28, 2011

BREAKING: CITY DISMISSING UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES COMPLAINT AGAINST F.O.P.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       Contact:  Abel Harding, (904) 630-7377  

                 aharding@coj.net     

                                                                                                                                                           

CITY DISMISSES UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE COMPLAINT AGAINST F.O.P.

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – July 28, 2011 – The City of Jacksonville has dismissed an unfair labor practice complaint filed with the Public Employees Relations Commission against the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5-30.

 

"A new administration is an opportunity for a fresh start," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "This is a good-faith first step toward our ultimate goal: a resolution that benefits taxpayers."

 

The unfair labor practice complaint, which was filed by the previous administration, was scheduled to be heard Friday, July 29, 2011 at City Hall. After reviewing the issue and consulting with counsel, the administration determined that moving forward with the complaint could undermine the goal of resolution by adding significant time and expense to the process.

 

Now that the complaint has been dismissed, the parties will proceed with their scheduled and confirmed hearing before the special magistrate, James Sherman, on September 14-15, 2011. The City and the F.O.P. have agreed that both sides will complete the presentation of their cases in the September 14-15th hearing.

 

Following the hearing, the special magistrate will issue his recommended decision. The City and the F.O.P. will have up to twenty (20) days after his recommendations are issued to accept or reject them.  If at any point during that twenty (20) day period either party rejects his recommendations, the issue will immediately go to the Jacksonville City Council for resolution.

 

"In these difficult fiscal times, we owe it to the taxpayers to roll up our sleeves and do the work necessary to achieve a timely resolution of this dispute," said Mayor Brown. "I was unwilling to have the City spend more time, legal fees, and costs on an unfair labor practice complaint that was unlikely to help us achieve that goal. Now we can move forward."

 

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Media Release: Mayor Brown Encourages Participation in Eat Up Downtown



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       Contact:  Ginny Walthour, (904) 630-2518walthour@coj.net

                                                                                                                                                           

MAYOR BROWN ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN

EAT UP DOWNTOWN CAMPAIGN

Unique promotion allows diners to enjoy downtown's restaurants

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 28, 2011— Mayor Alvin Brown proudly supports the efforts of the Eat Up Downtown promotion and encourages diners to take advantage of the $25 per person, three-course dinner offer at selected downtown restaurants. 

 

The Eat Up Downtown dining promotion runs August 15 – 28, with 17 downtown restaurants participating. This is an opportunity for diners to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite to enjoy exquisite cuisine at an affordable price.

 

"This downtown campaign addresses two of my main mayoral initiatives to help improve our downtown and support our smaller businesses," said Mayor Brown. "Residents can patronize the many wonderful downtown restaurants and enjoy dinner at an affordable price. More programming of this nature is essential to our downtown's success and I encourage all to take advantage of this offer. I certainly plan on participating."

 

Having a vibrant and prosperous downtown is a priority for the mayor. More downtown promotions and programming are crucial in reaching the 2,000 residents living downtown and the 51,000 employees working downtown each day.

 

Last year's Eat Up Downtown campaign showed that the majority of diners continued to return to downtown and dine at one of the restaurants, generating repeat business. Downtown Vision, Inc. estimates that more than 9,000 people came to downtown last year – many from various parts of Jacksonville. In some instances, a restaurant's revenue was increased by more than 40 percent in an otherwise slow business period.

 

"Eat Up Downtown is an easy and affordable way for the community to get involved and support these small businesses," commented Terry Lorince, executive director for Downtown Vision, Inc.  "Restaurant weeks are common in other downtowns and we have applied that best practice to downtown Jacksonville."

 

For more information and a listing of the participating restaurants and menus, visit eatupdowntown.com.

 

 

 

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NYC WalMart. Really?



I am just back from an awesome yet really short trip from NYC. One that I will blog all about on a new blog coming soon. Here is a hint, it has to do with Social Media. I know I know, Social Media is a flash in the pan and anyone who works within in that space only has an alleged "job" but that is for another story isn't it? I digress. 

Because I work in PR, and because my firm works on some big issues around the super giant WalMart, I am watching their PR story closely as they move (sort of) delicately into NYC. The best way to watch this, in my opinion is through the glassy eyes of Gothamist. Today's tidbit from them is that New Yorkers support WalMart even more than bike lanes. WHAT?! Holy smokes. To be fair it was really close. But I will say this. I saw a lot of Qdoba's and TGIFridays and Subways and crap you can get in anywhere USA and while there was usually local awesome right next store, these gimmicky corporate places always had a crowd. I can only hope they were filled with midwesterners in town to see the Lion King. 

But since this was my first time staying in Times Square maybe this kind of thing happens all the time in NYC. I mean it must, those rents aren't cheap. But it still kind of made me gag as we walked back to our comfy Hampton Inn. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fwd: MAYOR ALVIN BROWN WRAPS UP JOBS TRIP


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               Contact: Abel Harding, (904) 630-7377, aharding@coj.net

 

MAYOR BROWN ADDRESSES NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE LUNCHEON TO WRAP UP JOBS TRIP

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.July 27, 2011Mayor Alvin Brown addressed the National Urban League's "Salute to Affiliate Leadership" luncheon in Boston today as he continued his push to market Jacksonville's business-friendly environment.

 

"I campaigned on a pledge to balance Jacksonville's budget without raising taxes or fees," Mayor Brown told the crowd of business leaders and elected officials from around the country. "My administration has done that. We submitted a budget that closed a $60 million shortfall without raising taxes. We're now focused on growing jobs and turning our economy around.

 

"We are fostering a business environment in Jacksonville that attracts, maintains and grows businesses. I've partnered with the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce to develop a smart incentive policy that makes Jacksonville competitive in a global economy."

 

Mayor Brown visited Boston on the final leg of an economic development trip that included meetings with Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. including U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to lobby for additional funding for JaxPort.

 

 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

RELEASE: Downtown Retail Database Available


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

 

Media Contact:         

Pamela Elms, Downtown Vision, Inc.

P: (904) 634-0303 ext. 222

pamela@downtownjacksonville.org

 

 

Downtown Jacksonville is Open for Business

New Downtown Improvement District Retail Database Available

 

Jacksonville, FL (July 20, 2011) – Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI), the Downtown Improvement District, has compiled a new database for Downtown property owners within the Downtown Improvement District (DID) to submit their first floor retail listings. 

 

In response to numerous requests for information generated from Off the Grid and Coworking initiatives, Downtown Vision recognized the need for a centralized list of available street level properties which are not always listed in larger, industry databases.  Knowing many small business owners and entrepreneurs do not have access to the larger subscription-based databases, this provides another easy resource for Downtown Vision to help market the available space Downtown.

 

"We have definitely seen an uptick in the number of inquiries to our office regarding available retail and office space for small businesses in various industries," said Terry Lorince, executive director, Downtown Vision, Inc.  "Many recognize that now is the ideal time to make the move to Downtown," added Lorince.

 

The Downtown Improvement District (includes the Northbank and Southbank) has 729,001 sq. ft. of retail space of which 582,712 sq. ft.  (80%) is located in the Northbank and 146,289 sq. ft. (20%) on the Southbank. 

 

"Collecting this information is one way Downtown Vision can help further Mayor Brown's efforts and support small business initiatives at the Chamber and UNF," said Lorince.

 

The database is available online at www.downtownjacksonville.org.  Other publications and reports produced by Downtown Vision are available online under "media."

 

About Downtown Vision, Inc.

As the only organization dedicated solely to revitalizing Downtown Jacksonville, Downtown Vision's mission is to build and maintain a healthy and vibrant Downtown.  Founded in 2000, Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a Downtown Improvement District created by commercial property owners to provide enhanced services including cleaning, safety, marketing, communications, events, advocacy and special initiatives needed to revitalize Downtown. 

 

Downtown Vision is the one-stop shop for information on Downtown. DVI is governed by a board of directors representing the property owners of the 90-block district and funded by a self-imposed assessment on district properties.  For more information, visit downtownjacksonville.org.

 

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Pamela Nix Elms

Director of Marketing

Downtown Vision, Inc.

214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 120

Jacksonville, FL 32202

w 904-634-0303 ext. 222

www.downtownjacksonville.org

mobile: DTJAX.org

The Great Pirate Party! Brush up on your favorite sea shanty, don your best eye-patch, bandana and boots and join in the pirate mayhem this Friday, 7/22 at 9 p.m. For more information, visit The Core Jax on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

***UNDER FLORIDA'S VERY BROAD PUBLIC RECORDS LAW, COMMUNICATION TO AND FROM DOWNTOWN VISION IS SUBJECT TO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE.***

 

 




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Friday, July 15, 2011

Fwd: RELEASE: Eat Up Downtown Restaurants & Menus


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                

July 15, 2011

 

CONTACT:  Pamela Elms                 

904-634-0303, ext. 222

pamela@downtownjacksonville.org                                                                                                   

                 

EAT UP DOWNTOWN IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS

 

WHAT:  Downtown Vision, Inc. is dishing out exquisite cuisine at an affordable price during Eat Up Downtown, Downtown Jacksonville's dining promotion.  Eat Up Downtown

will run for two weeks again this year, August 15 – 28, 2011.  Seventeen participating restaurants have posted their menus online and are accepting reservations.

 

From hip cafés to elegant steak houses, participating restaurants each offer specially selected, three-course dinner menus for $25 per person. There are no coupons to clip or tickets to buy, simply view the menus online, select a restaurant and call the restaurant for reservations. Try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite and Eat Up Downtown!

 

WHEN:  August 15 - August 28, 2011

 

WHERE:  Participating restaurants in Downtown Jacksonville.

bb's    

Basil Thai & Sushi

Benny's Steak & Seafood      

Café Nola

Casa Dora      

Chart House   

Chew Restaurant       

Cinco de Mayo           

Indochine

Juliette's Bistro           

Koja Sushi

Morton's The Steakhouse

River City Brewing Company

University Club

Vito's Italian Café

Wine Cellar

Zodiac Bar & Grill

 

COST: $25 per person for a three-course meal, tax and gratuity not included.

 

RESERVATIONS & MENUS:  www.eatupdowntown.com

 

PARTNERS:  Jacksonville Magazine, 904, JEDC and The Core

 

About Downtown Vision

As the only organization dedicated solely to revitalizing Downtown Jacksonville, Downtown Vision's mission is to build and maintain a healthy and vibrant Downtown.  Founded in 2000, Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a Downtown Improvement District created by commercial property owners to provide enhanced services including cleaning, safety, marketing, communications, events, advocacy and special initiatives needed to revitalize Downtown. 

 

Downtown Vision is the one-stop shop for information on Downtown. DVI is governed by a board of directors representing the property owners of the 90-block district and funded by a self-imposed assessment on district properties.  For more information, visit downtownjacksonville.org.

 

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Pamela Nix Elms

Director of Marketing

Downtown Vision, Inc.

214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 120

Jacksonville, FL 32202

w 904-634-0303 ext. 222

www.downtownjacksonville.org

mobile: DTJAX.org

 

 

 

 

***UNDER FLORIDA'S VERY BROAD PUBLIC RECORDS LAW, COMMUNICATION TO AND FROM DOWNTOWN VISION IS SUBJECT TO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE.***




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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thought Leadership (NSFW)

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Monday, July 11, 2011

2416

Photo taken from the best Art Walk of all time, until August.




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