Things are happening!

Rain couldn’t keep hundreds of foodies from swarming Downtown for a first ever food truck rally in the Burrito Gallery parking lot (it is only the Burrito Gallery parking lot on nights and weekends! Be careful at lunch during the week, they tow!)

Despite rain and threatening weather many trucks sold out early and by all estimations this was a huge success for the Jax Truckies group and for Second Harvest Food Bank which benefited from the highly accessible $1 entry fee. 100% of the fee went to Second Harvest!

I think we will see a great deal more public events on private and city space. In fact, stay tuned to this blog for more information on an event that will bring the eyes of the world Downtown next week!

Before I let you back to your internet, I thought I’d share some stories from this week that involve other positive news, from your Chamber, in our region.

Check these out:

Economic Development

Duval County’s unemployment rate continues to drop, falling to a seasonally adjusted 8.57 percent in April from 8.97 percent in March and 10.51 percent in April 2011. JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot said the recession has been over for a year or more. “The level of confidence in our economy has not been this strong since about 2005 or 2006,” Mallot said, referring to the peak years for area economic indicators.

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JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber, welcomed American business magnate Robert L. Johnson as its featured guest speaker to the JAXUSA quarterly luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.  Johnson is best known as the founder and former chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET).

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Opportunities for minority business owners and entrepreneurs are critical for global competitiveness, businessman Robert L. Johnson said Thursday at the JAXUSA Partnership quarterly program.

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The Port of Jacksonville

Faced with a congressional freeze on earmarks, two U.S. representatives from Jacksonville found a novel path to House approval for a $35 million project at Jacksonville’s port.

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Entrepreneurial Growth 

Entrepreneurs can start applying June 18 for a new JAX Chamber training program called Get Smart, made possible by a $60,000 grant from Fifth Third Bank. The bank made the donation this week to the JAX Chamber Foundation Inc. Entrepreneurs selected for the program will get 30 hours of classroom training and an additional 48 hours of mentoring.

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#ilovejax (Community Pride)

Lauren Weedon Hopkins, a member of the #ilovejax committee, shared #ilovejax with a group at Cox Radio on Thursday.

Jacksonville is featured in AirTran’s Magazine, go, as one of its great destinations.


Have a great week!


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