Status Reports


Business Climate

Business ClimatePrimary ResponsibilityStatusLead StaffSupporting OrganizationsStart YearEnd Year
Strongly advocate for improving the competitiveness of the state of Florida for economic development
All Florida EDOs should lobby to turn the Florida Competitiveness Study's recommendations into real policyEnterprise Florida / Florida Department of Economic OpportunityEnterprise FloridaFlorida Economic Development Council, Florida Chamber, JAXUSA, Regional EDOs, Northeast Florida Regional Council20122016
Advocate for additional funding to increase the frequency and number of Enterprise Florida marketing missionsJAXUSA PartnershipJerry MallotRegional EDOs20122015
All Florida economic developers should encourage State leaders to boost funding to promote Florida's business brand imageFlorida Economic Development CouncilEnterprise FloridaFEDC, JAXUSA, Regional EDOs, Northeast Florida Regional Council20122015
Streamline government processes in all Northeast Florida counties to save businesses time in their startup, expansions, and relocations
Educate elected officials, both locally and at the state level, on the goals and tools available for economic developmentJAXUSA Partnership, Regional EDOsJerry Mallot & Lead Partner EDOJAX Chamber, Northeast Florida Regional Council20122016
Encourage local elected officials to streamline the process of evaluating and approving projects; hire outside firm to conduct audit of existing processes in each countyJAXUSA Partnership, Regional EDOsJerry Mallot & Lead Partner EDOJAX Chamber, Northeast Florida Regional Council20122016
Conduct mock prospect visits and training so that all local representatives are better prepared to respond to projectsRegional EDOsVariousJAXUSA Partnership20152016
Ensure that the entire region has competitive incentives
Review and update financial incentives policiesCounty and City Governments, Regional EDOsVariousJAXUSA Partnership, Northeast Florida Regional Council20122015
Review and update incentives approval requirementsCounty and City Governments, Regional EDOsVariousJAXUSA Partnership,20122015
Encourage regional partner EDOs to use state incentives applicationsRegional EDOsVariousJAXUSA Partnership20122014
Work together to preserve and enhance military in Northeast Florida
Support political candidates who are committed to standing up for Northeast Florida's military presenceJAX ChamberChris Quinn20122016
Establish a Military Affairs Commission through the Mayor's Office charged with advocating for the retention of Northeast Florida's military presenceCity of Jacksonville,Dept. of Military AffairsAdmiral GuilloryJAX Chamber Military Issues Committee20132013
Engage in an aggressive lobbying effort to transition Mayport and the Naval Air Station to serve future Department of Defense needsNEFL Congressional DelegationVariousJAX Chamber Military Issues Committee, Regional EDOs and Chambers of Commerce20152016
Further amplify efforts to re-invigorate downtown Jacksonville with businesses, cultural amenities, and educational institutions
Quickly ramp up the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority by approving board members and appointing a CEO and hiring staffCity of JacksonvilleMayor BrownDowntown Vision, JAX Chamber20132013
Evaluate the possibility of adopting additional incentives and development policies that more directly focus on target industry companiesCity of Jacksonville Downtown Investment AuthorityAundra WallaceDowntown Vision, JAX Chamber20132015
Expedite the permitting process and incentives negotiation processCity of JacksonvilleAundra WallaceDowntown Vision, JAX Chamber20132015
Designate development districts in downtown dedicated to specific purposesCity of Jacksonville Downtown Investment AuthorityAundra WallaceDowntown Vision, JAX Chamber20152016