JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jeanne Miller knows Jacksonville. She's well-connected after holding positions in the General Counsel's Office at City Hall.
She worked with the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, then as general counsel at the Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Now, she's stepping into a new leadership role as the executive director of the Jacksonville Civic Council.
Miller said, "As a lawyer, as a citizen, and as someone who deeply cares about our community and can bring together a number of relationships, I'm truly honored by the prospect and the opportunity leading this group of fantastic leaders."
She will lead about 60 local CEOs in offering their expertise and advice to city leaders. She says the JCC has three main objectives: spurring downtown development, participating in talks on the city's budget and pension reform, and drawing attention to a little-known moneymaker for the city.
"Very few people realize that Jacksonville is a hub for medical tourism," she said. "We have some of the best health care in the state of Florida."
Miller is the first woman to be named executive director of the JCC, breaking down the perception that Jacksonville is run by a bunch of good-old boys.
"I think we've made great advances, and this is just another opportunity to keep moving forward," she said.
Pension reform remains high on the Civic Council's priorities. The group recently criticized the mayor's pension reform plan.
The Jacksonville Civic Council was formed in 2010.
Miller's first day on the job is Sept. 30. She says she'll start her new job with a listening tour that will help her create a new strategic plan for the organization.