The Jacksonville Civic Council seeks to shape and define Jacksonville’s future as a premier national and international city with a thriving economy, vibrant civic, cultural and educational institutions, and a high quality of life for all who call it home. By formulating fact-based strategies to address the challenges that others are unwilling or unable to address, we aim to meet the needs of today and build a future marked by prosperity and success.

Our Commitment

The Jacksonville Civic Council leverages the combined talents, experience and influence of a diverse group of business and civic leaders to accomplish goals that no individual or organization in our community can achieve alone. Established in 2010 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Civic Council brings together chief executives from the nonprofit, business and government sectors to make Jacksonville the best city it can be.

Working transparently and with no agenda, for the good of our community, the Civic Council strategically identifies crucial issues, conducts research, and identifies -- and advocates for -- solutions that will result in positive change. Our members deploy their collective resources throughout the process, remaining focused on the goal of a Jacksonville that is vibrant, growing, sustainable and responsive to the needs of its people.

Our Mission and
The 5 Pillars of Progress

The Jacksonville Civic Council has embraced five pillars in our mission to promote a fiscally responsible, economically vibrant, thriving community that offers opportunity for all its residents.

Pillar One

A Safe and Healthy City

Pillar One

Great Schools

K-12 and beyond

Pillar One

A Growing Economy

with a varied base of growth industries

Pillar One

A Standard of Operational Excellence

at all levels of government

Pillar One

A Fun & Energetic Community

with a strong downtown, arts, recreation, cultural, and sports environment

Our Values

The Civic Council was established to provide leadership on issues critical to the community’s long-term success. Although the organization’s structure, priorities and approach to addressing issues may change over time, the following values consistently guide us.

Collaboration: Improving quality of life through collaborative problem-solving that recognizes the strengths and capacities of other organizations and the leading experts in each field.

Leadership: Addressing critical needs and issues when no other organization has the capacity or the will to do so

Focus: Creating an effective civic-leadership model that minimizes inefficiencies and focuses on a few critical priorities at one time in order to solve complex, long-term issues affecting Jacksonville’s quality of life and economic competitiveness.

Broad Constituency: Seeking solutions that will benefit residents and businesses at every level of our community. my.

Economic Opportunity: Supporting economic opportunity across race, gender, ethnic and other barriers that limit our potential as a world-class city.

Humility: Sharing ownership of ideas and credit for accomplishments. As a founding member once said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish when you are not worried about who gets the credit.”

Transparency and Accountability: Using knowledge and research-based decisions to reach measurable outcomes.

Advocacy: Achieving lasting policy change through education and advocacy with policy makers and stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels.

Jacksonville Civic Council Board Members and Taskforce Chairs

Civic Council Board Members:

Doug Baer, Brooks Health System
Edward E. Burr CHAIRMAN, GreenPointe Holdings
Gary Chartrand, Acosta Sales and Marketing
Tim Cost, Jacksonville University
John Delaney, University of North Florida
Dan Edelman, Dixon Hughes Goodman
Nathaniel Glover, Edward Waters College
Rusty Newton, Timucuan Asset Management
Hap Stein, Regency Centers
Ron Townsend, Townsend and Associates
Susie Wiles, Right Coast Strategies

Civic Council Committees and Task Force Chairs:

Steve Halverson, Haskell, and Peter Rummell, Pension Task Force
Kevin Hyde, Foley and Lardner, UF Health Task Force
Leerie Jenkins, Jr., RS&H, Economic Development and Quality of Life, Power of 70 Work Group Chair
Eric Mann, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, Membership Committee
Lynn Pappas, Gunster, Government and Education, Power of 70 Work Group
Greg Smith, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, InvestJax Task Force