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Jacksonville Officials Plan Development, Tourism Push Around Jags' London Trip

Jacksonville city officials are gearing up "for a major outreach effort" in advance of the Oct. 27 49ers-Jaguars game in London, according to Drew Dixon of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. Economic Development Group JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot, whose agency is the regional economic development division of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, said that a delegation from Jacksonville will travel to London equipped “with a serious onslaught of pitches featuring the economic attributes of the city.” Mallot: "We’re going to take full advantage of this mission to London." Dixon wrote the group would ideally “succeed in recruiting manufacturing business and other permanent jobs, while also encouraging more European visitors to Jacksonville and broadening the Jaguars’ fan base.” JAXUSA Senior Dir of Int'l Business Development Mike Breen “returned Wednesday from the United Kingdom, where he has scheduled meetings” for city officials with London business leaders for the week of the game. Breen said that Powerboat1, a London-based watercraft manufacturer and organizer of racing events, is already “considering holding events” in Jacksonville. Tourism development organization Visit Jacksonville will host “a tailgate party that 50,000 people are expected to attend” on game day. The group already has ads “in the British Visitor Handbook,” a short video “aboard US Airways flights” in and out of London, and several print ads (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/6).

TWITTER FEUD
: In Denver, Mike Klis reports Broncos Exec Dir of Media Relations Patrick Smyth yesterday called the Jaguars to "apologize for a tweet that was sent out by a staff member of the Broncos' website." The tweet read: "The #Broncos' 51 points in yesterday's win are as many points as the Jaguars have scored all season." The Jaguars' official Twitter feed responded, "Stay classy, Denver" (DENVER POST, 10/8).
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