On Thursday, the Jacksonville Chamber sent a message of sorts to the Duval Legislative Delegation.
That message? Ensure that Enterprise Florida, and its job incentive programs, remains whole and functional.
“Jacksonville economic development leaders have worked closely with Enterprise Florida to bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in capital investment to our community. Regardless of the size of your business, economic growth has a huge impact on our city,” said Daniel Davis, JAX Chamber CEO and President.
“Performance-based economic incentives are critical when we fight to bring new jobs to Jacksonville. We believe protecting hard-working taxpayers and improving the incentive process is critical for our state. We are committed to working with state leaders to reach a solution that allows us to remain competitive,” Davis added.
The Chamber’s position is deliberately timed, at the end of a week when Gov. Rick Scott has aggressively counter-messaged those in the Florida House who would scuttle Enterprise Florida.
It also illustrates unique pressures on conservative legislators from bigger cities.
Do they buck the Speaker? Or the Chamber?
The fight over economic incentives is finally, yet firmly, localized.
For Jacksonville leaders like Mayor Lenny Curry, job creation is central to the narrative — and the key to solving difficult quality of life quandaries.
We’ve reached out to the mayor for his take: does he stand with House Speaker Richard Corcoran? Or with local allies, like the Chamber, and Gov. Rick Scott?