• Ava Parker has been named to the Baptist Health board of directors. She continues to serve on Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville’s board of directors, which she joined in 2010. Parker is the president of Linking Solutions Inc., chief operating officer for Politic365 and a partner in the law firm of Lawrence & Parker. She is the immediate past chair and a member of the State University System board of governors.
• The City issued a permit for construction of a building for Concorde Career Colleges at 7259 Salisbury Road. The Conlan Co. is the contractor for the 46,400-square-foot building developed by Liberty Property Trust. The job cost is listed at $4.8 million.
• The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors announced May statistics for combined single-family residential and condo sales. Closed sales rose 3.7 percent from May 2011 to 1,503; pending sales increased 36.3 percent to 2,114; the median sales price rose 3 percent to $133,900; the average sales price rose 7 percent to $183,316; and the inventory of homes available for sale dropped 30 percent to 9,498. Of the closed sales, 935 were traditional and 568 (37.8 percent) were lender-mediated.
• The privately owned Hylant Group insurance brokerage firm announced that it acquired AGIS, an independent, full-service employee benefits agency with offices in Jacksonville, Orlando and Birmingham, Mich. The Jacksonville office will be led by Mark Nixon.
• Correction: The proposed amendment to anti-discrimination legislation in City Council would strike language referencing gender identity, among other changes. A story Wednesday incorrectly referred to sexual identity.
• The 10th “Dine with Us Downtown” with Bill and Kim Prescott is scheduled for 5-10 p.m. June 28 at Trellises Restaurant in the Hyatt. Jacksonville Jaguars CFO Bill Prescott said he and Kim have reservations at 7 p.m. The 11th dinner is planned July 26 at Olio. Don’t be surprised if you see Jaguars players at the events.