The following resolution has been approved by the Board of Governors and will be voted on at this week's meeting by the general membership in attendance.
Resolution Of The Southside Business Men's Club
WHEREAS the United States Economy particularly that of the City of Jacksonville has been in a state of recession for the past 4 years.
WHEREAS current economic development laws and ordinances in force were passed and implemented at a time when the city was heavily reliant upon as well as in the position to encourage growth and development through new construction.
WHEREAS said laws can delay the process for encouraging development and/or incenting companies to relocate to Jacksonville, FL significantly in comparison to that of competing cities.
WHEREAS it is in the best interest of the residents and businesses currently located within or considering relocating to the Jacksonville Metropolitan area to expediently review and amend or replace said laws and ordinances.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Southside Business Men's Club that although we have not taken any formal position for or against any specific changes, we urge the city council and the mayor to create and pass legislation by December 31st 2012 as to the following:
- Revise and update the developmental approval process
- Update the public policy qualifying criteria for the various incentive packages that are available to companies for conducting or bringing business to Jacksonville; as these criteria have not been reviewed for many years and are now universally viewed as obsolete.
Improve the development approval process as it currently takes far too long relative to that required in many of our competitor cities.