May
23
11:30 AM11:30

Why It's Smart to Have a Smart Region

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Member Prepaid Price: $22, $27 at the door

Non-member Prepaid Price: $27, $33 at the door


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North Florida TPO Executive Director Jeff Sheffield will talk about Smart North Florida, what it means to our region and the coalition of 100 leading area organizations and partners collaborating to advance  new energy, transportation, safety, telecommunications, and health and human services initiatives. Read his full bio below.


Jeff Sheffield, a 27-year transportation professional, is the executive director of the independent four-county North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO) handling transportation planning and prioritizing in the region.  

Mr. Sheffield has been with the North Florida TPO since 1992 in varied positions of increasing responsibility and became executive director in 2009. He has a Master of Science in urban planning from Florida State University.

In his role, Mr. Sheffield leads regional coordination and policy development and oversees project management for the many short and long-term programs and studies prescribed by federal law.

Working with partner agencies, he has championed results-oriented investment in intelligent transportation systems (ITS), traffic incident management, safety, bicycle and pedestrian planning, freight and logistics planning, Clean Fuels Coalition and multi-modal mobility improvements.  Most recently Sheffield has focused on implementing the TPO’s Smart Region Master Plan that uses innovative and emerging technologies to collect, analyze and apply data from many sources to enhance the region’s economic vitality and quality of life. This includes developing an integrated data exchange (IDE) and the Bay JAX Innovation Corridor. The Florida Transportation Commission has cited the North Florida TPO as the model for regional transportation planning organizations.  

Mr. Sheffield is also a frequent speaker and panel moderator on infrastructure and other transportation topics and fosters strong local relationships with national organizations.


Special thanks to this month’s Spotlight Speaker from ProDrivers.

Special thanks to this month’s Spotlight Speaker from ProDrivers.


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Apr
25
11:30 AM11:30

Big Growth, Big Plans at Jacksonville Aviation Authority

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Member Prepaid Price: $22, $27 at the door

Non-member Prepaid Price: $27, $33 at the door


Join us this month for an informative update on developments at JAA’s four-airport aviation system, including plans for a third concourse at Jacksonville International Airport to meet record growth of air travelers. Our keynote speaker is JAA Chief Executive Officer Mark VanLoh, who took over the top post in December. Read his full bio below.

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Mark D. VanLoh graduated from Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, Business Management, and Industrial Relations, and a Minor in Economics.

Mark assumed the Chief Executive Officer role of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority in December 2018 and oversees the operation, maintenance, development and marketing of all Authority assets, including its four airports Jacksonville International Airport, Cecil Airport/Spaceport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport and Herlong Recreational Airport.  He provides policy recommendations to the JAA Board of Directors and serves as the primary Authority representative to the community.

Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. VanLoh served as President and CEO of the Tulsa Airports Authority, a three-airport system, and previously was the Director of Aviation for the Kansas City Aviation Department, overseeing a staff of 550.  He began his career with Pan American Airlines after serving in the U. S. Army.

Mr. VanLoh is active in both aviation industry trade associations, Airports Council International and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Airport Executives, AAAE’s international group that helps foster airport management in a global economy.


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Mar
28
11:30 AM11:30

2019 Business Leaders of the Year

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Member Prepaid Price: $22, $27 at the door

Non-member Prepaid Price: $27, $33 at the door


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Each year the Jax Chamber salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of Jacksonville’s small businesses with the “Small Business Leader of the Year Award (SBLY).

Come enjoy lunch and a panel discussion with this year’s SBLYs.  Tina Meskel, representing the Transportation and Logistics Council, was named the Jacksonville Chamber’s Small Business Leader of the Year and will facilitate the program.  Find out what makes this group successful and why they stand out among their peers.

See all the awardees here!

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Feb
28
11:30 AM11:30

Is Jacksonville in Brightline's future?

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Member Prepaid Price: $22, $27 at the door

Non-member Prepaid Price: $27, $33 at the door


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Join us on Thursday, February 28 to learn about Brightline, an express inter-city rail system to provide service from South Florida to Orlando, and on to Tampa. Developed and operated by All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries and Virgin Group, Brightline is the United States' only privately owned and operated intercity passenger railroad.

Our keynote speaker will be Brightline’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Bob O’Malley. Bob’s primary focus is directing government affairs and community outreach for Brightline’s Orlando and Tampa expansion efforts. He recently joined Brightline after serving 10 years as the regional vice president of government affairs in Florida for CSX Transportation.  


Special thanks to this month’s Spotlight Speaker, Sandra Lief, CEO of FairchildHR.

Special thanks to this month’s Spotlight Speaker, Sandra Lief, CEO of FairchildHR.

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Jan
24
11:30 AM11:30

LNG in JAX: How Jacksonville is becoming a hub for LNG

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Member Prepaid Price: $22, $27 at the door

Non-member Prepaid Price: $27, $33 at the door


Join us for the first meeting of 2019 to learn more about a state-of the-art LNG facility at Dames Point, the business opportunities that can come from it and what it means to secure a liquefied natural gas supply for Florida.

Robert Butts is manager, Fuels at Pivotal LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company Gas. Pivotal and NorthStar Midstream are partners in developing JAX LNG, a state-of-the-art LNG facility which will be North America’s first small-scale coastal LNG facility. The project includes an initial liquefaction capacity of 120,000 gallons of LNG per day, 2 million gallons of on-site LNG storage, and options to expand capacity. The facility will include on-road and marine loading capabilities. Prior to joining Pivotal in July 2016, Robert spent 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, including the last four years stationed in the port of Jacksonville.


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Special thanks to this month’s spotlight speaker, Dawn Russell from University of North Florida.

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