It is my privilege to welcome you to Jacksonville for the 2017 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit.
Upon my election as mayor, I identified economic development as a key priority for my administration. During the months since, Jacksonville has earned statewide recognition for job growth, as Governor Rick Scott recently announced that our city has gained over 21,000 jobs within one year and that our unemployment rate fell to a seven year low of 4.4 percent.
Florida's economy is on the rise, and Jacksonville is contributing to that climb. As we pursue opportunities to build sustainable job growth and improved economic development opportunities, it is an honor to host IEDC, one of the largest organizations of its kind representing more than 4,500 members nationwide.
I extend best wishes for a successful summit, and trust you will enjoy your visit on the First Coast.