Former Office of Economic Development Executive Director Ted Carter has accepted a job in Cuyahoga County in Ohio.
He plans to start as chief economic development officer in mid-January after County Council approval.
Carter served as former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s top economic development officer until July, when Brown’s single term ended after Mayor Lenny Curry was elected.
Carter previously was executive managing director for CBRE in Washington, D.C.
Cleveland.com reports Carter’s salary will be $190,000. When appointed in Jacksonville to start in 2013, his salary was $195,000.
Cuyohoga County’s 2014 population was estimated at 1.26 million, higher than Duval County’s almost 900,000.
Presidential primary ballot certified
Secretary of State Ken Detzner certified 16 candidates whose names will appear on the ballot for the March 15 presidential primary.
The Republicans on the ballot:
• Jeb Bush
• Ben Carson
• Chris Christie
• Ted Cruz
• Carly Fiorina
• Jim Gilmore
• Lindsey Graham
• Mike Huckabee
• John Kasich
• Rand Paul
• Marco Rubio
• Rick Santorum
• Donald Trump
• Hillary Clinton
• Martin O’Malley
• Bernie Sanders
Murray Hill Branch Library out of service due to flooding
The Jacksonville Public Library has suspended services at the Murray Hill Branch Library until further notice due to interior flooding.
The damage was due to a main water line break that leaked through the foundation into the building.
Murray Hill Branch customers who use the 918 Edgewood Ave. S. facility can pick up items on hold at the Willowbranch Branch Library. Materials can be returned to any branch location.
For information on the situation, visit the library’s Facebook page or jaxpubliclibrary.org.
Chamber names small business leader winner
The JAX Chamber announced Small Business Leader of the Year honorees.
One of the 12 winners will be named the overall 2016 Small Business Leader of the Year Feb. 9 at a chamber breakfast.
The winners are:
• Steve Thompson, Sand Dollar Cleaners, selected by the Arlington Council
• John Miller, Rock Solid Business Law PLLC, Beaches Division
• Renee Parenteau, Renee Parenteau Photography, Downtown Council
• Sara Slettebo, ReMilNet LLC, Entrepreneurial Growth Division
• Mindy Barker, Mindy Barker & Associates, Health Council
• Stephen Pollan, Assessment Technologies Group, Jacksonville IT Council
• Joani Maskell, Swimming Safari Swim School, Mandarin Council
• Trish Kapustka, Edible Arrangements, North Council
• Severine Wider, Severine Photography, Professional Women’s Council
• Wendy Hughes, Wendy Hughes Team, Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty, South Council
• Jena Lea Cauley, First Coast Legal Group LLC, Transportation & Logistics Council
• Jeremy Chase, Connect-Tek LLC, West Council
Up In Smoke BBQ food truck wins Anheuser-Busch contest
The Anheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery and Tour Center recently hosted a Bud Light-themed food truck event and crowned a champ who created the most “Up for Whatever” menu.
The winner of this year’s event was the Up In Smoke BBQ food truck for its Oriental Nachos fare.
A panel of judges selected the winners based on originality and flavor.
McCaleb re-elected as JTA board chair
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority board of directors re-elected Scott McCaleb to a second term as chairman.
The Jacksonville Beach resident and president of Vulcan Materials Co. was appointed to the board in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott. He was re-appointed for a second term this year.
Joining McCaleb as officers are Isaiah Rumlin, vice chairman; Kevin Holzendorf, secretary; and Ari Jolly, treasurer.