Friday I wanted to update about JAX Chamber’s Downtown Council after a great morning meeting. But things were just too busy and I had to literally run from meeting to meeting. You probably will see me doing that from time to time Downtown. Please, feel free to honk.

Today, while I’ve got a couple minutes, I thought I’d catch you up. It had been a while since I’ve been to a Downtown Council meeting. There were a lot of familiar faces and a lot of new faces since my last meeting. The crowd was robust in the University Club, which provides excellent views and inspiration. Our speaker was Michael Butterman, our new conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. It was very interesting to hear Mr. Butterman’s behind the scenes look at how we put our symphonic season together. Most impressive to me was how many symphonies Mr. Butterman works for. He is not only our conductor but also conducts for Boulder, Rochester and Shreeveport!

I was also impressed with the Downtown Council calendar. If you are interested in Downtown and are a member of the Chamber (you should be, I can help if you need info) I highly recommend taking in a Downtown Council meeting and joining this thriving crowd of professionals with an affinity for the urban core.

Here is a glance at what they have coming up:

Downtown Straight Up– Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse- Thursday, June 14th, 5:30 to 7:30pm – FREE (with happy hour prices!)

Downtown Council Breakfast Meeting– University Club- Friday, June 15th 7:30am – Speaker: Larry Payne – Jacksonville Sharks- $15 Members $20 Non-Members

Jacksonville Sharks vs. Philly!- Saturday June 16, 2012, 6:00pm- Arena- $30

More info on these events (and they have a lot more coming up!) available at

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