Cheers: Acting on Jobs
Times Union/Opinion
January 9, 2012

Cheers for Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott for their roles in encouraging Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to build light military aircraft in Jacksonville.

As part of a $355 million defense contract with the Sierra Nevada Corp., Embraer plans to add 50 high-wage jobs and millions of investment at the Jacksonville International Airport to build the Super Tucano aircraft.

The announcement came after Brown accompanied Scott on an economic development trip to Brazil where they met with Embraer executives. Brown also traveled to Washington to lobby the secretary of the Air Force on behalf of Jacksonville.

The mayor praised officials at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, the JAX Chamber and the JAX USA Partnership for their help in bringing the jobs to the city.