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.
The Jacksonville Civic Council Board and partners mourn the tremendous loss of Dr. Leon Haley, M.D., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville. Dr. Haley leaves behind an inspiring legacy of care and civic engagement.
Dr. Haley was an active part of the Jacksonville Civic Council and was selflessly dedicated to our community. While he held many titles and played many roles, we particularly honor Dr. Haley’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under Dr. Haley’s direction, UF Health Jacksonville became the first hospital in Florida to administer the COVID-19 vaccine and Dr. Haley was the first Floridian to receive the vaccine.
May his legacy live on in our dedication to each other and to the greater good.
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.
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: Working together and with other community leaders and groups to move our city forward.
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.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: Supporting economic opportunity across race, gender, ethnic and other barriers that limit our potential as a world-class city.
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.