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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown appointed to lead national port task force

October 4, 2011

Left to right: Paul Anderson, JAXPORT CEO, Mayor Alvin Brown, John Haley, vice president of business development for JAX USA Partnership

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has selected Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown to lead a port task force which will look into how cities can generate jobs by exporting cargo through their ports. Brown announced the appointment today and was joined by Paul Anderson, JAXPORT’s chief executive officer, and John Haley, vice president of business development for JAX USA Partnership, the regional economic development arm of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, vice president of the Conference of Mayors, said Mayor Brown would be a go-to person for federal officials when they turn to mayors for feedback and advice about ports.

“Mayor Brown’s appointment and his willingness to serve in this role is an indication of his personal commitment to port progress,” said JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson. “It also is a powerful signal that the collective mayors of this country recognize the role Jacksonville and JAXPORT will play as a job generator for Northeast Florida and the impact we will have on the future economic vitality of the United States. I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Brown to ensure this port reaches its full potential.”

Mayor Brown says his goals are to increase federal spending for ports, streamline the review process for proposed harbor improvements, and find ways to take full advantage of ports to create jobs.‬

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