• SMG-Jacksonville said Thursday it will begin a national search for a new director of sales and marketing to replace Nan Coyle, who has joined General Growth Properties. Coyle will develop marketing programs and act as the lead marketing resource person in Florida for General Growth Properties and its shopping center properties throughout the state. Instead of Coyle moving to South Florida, where the position has been based, the job will move to Jacksonville for her. Coyle has been with SMG for 12 years and previously worked for the Rouse Company, now part of General Growth Properties. Robin Timothy, SMG-Jacksonville assistant general manager, was named interim sales and marketing director.
• The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce named Kirk Wendland as president, effective today. Wendland was selected by the Chamber’s executive search committee and succeeds Isabelle Rodriguez, who served as interim president after former president Robin Burchfield stepped down in July. Wendland brings 20 years of experience to the position, including serving as executive director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission.
• Tired of the “teachable moment” reference to those times when someone misbehaves or makes a mistake? Here’s a new one. Call it a “training opportunity.”
• Florida’s Children First Inc. will provide free training about the “Medical and Educational Rights of Foster Youth” from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, 1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. The course is focused on children’s rights and will provide information for child welfare workers, supervisors, Guardians ad Litem, attorneys and others who work directly with youth in foster care. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-796-0860.
• Florida’s Children First also plans a reception for course participants Tuesday. The reception will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Haskell Building in Riverside with Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon. A $100 contribution is suggested with proceeds to benefit Florida’s Children First.
• The annual Duval County Legislative Delegation organizational meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at City Hall. Members will elect the 2010-11 delegation chair and vice chair and will hold the general legislative hearing for public testimony on general and appropriations issues. To be placed on the agenda, call the delegation office at 630-1680 before 5 p.m. Oct. 29.
• Another key date for the Duval Legislative Delegation is Oct. 7. The deadline to file local bills in the delegation office is noon that day. A public hearing will be announced later. Those interested in how to file a local bill should call the delegation office by 5 p.m. Sept. 24.
• More than 8,000 diners visited downtown for the Aug. 9-22 “Eat Up Downtown” restaurant promotion, reports Downtown Vision Inc.
• The showcase display for this year’s Fall Jacksonville Home & Patio Show is a 2,500-square-foot, two-bedroom completely furnished home, including landscaping and a swimming pool. It will be constructed inside the Osborn Center. The show is Sept. 30-Oct. 3.
• Panera Bread opens its 13th cafe in the Jacksonville area today at Oakleaf Town Center near the Duval-Clay county border. Panera will give away cups of coffee at the new shop 6-10 a.m. Monday.
• State Rep. Lake Ray will hold a Town Hall meeting 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Isle of Faith United Methodist Church along San Pablo Road.