Scenic Jacksonville is pleased to welcome Ron Littlefield as its guest speaker at this year’s Great Cities Symposium. The event, the second in a series, happens Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Avenue.  The event’s presenting sponsor is Foley & Lardner LLP.

The event will begin at 5:30 with cocktails and hors d’ouevres, followed by Littlefields’s remarks and a period for questions and discussion.  Tickets for the event are $100 per person. A silent auction will be featured with opportunities to bid on unique Jacksonville experiences. 

Littlefield is a city planner and former mayor of Chattanooga. While mayor, he attracted major investment in the city from companies such as Volkswagen and French rail manufacturer Alstom.

Prior to serving two terms as mayor, Littlefield oversaw the undertaking of Vision 2000 — one of the first large scale visioning projects in the US — credited with changing public outlooks and attitudes, paving the way for Chattanooga’s transition to a new local economy based on environmental sustainability and quality of life.

“Chattanooga is cool and green and growing,” Littlefield noted, as he left office in 2013. “No longer dingy and declining. Chattanooga has status as a fast-advancing, youth attracting, ‘cool’ city. Nothing could be finer.”

Always an innovator, Littlefield now is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute and serves as lead analyst on that organization’s City Accelerator project.

Our first Great Cities Symposium, in 2019, featured former Charleston, SC, mayor Joe Riley. During his four decades in that position, Reilly transformed that city from a sleepy, coastal backwater into an international tourist destination, a major economic engine for the region and a center for global trade.

Scenic Jacksonville, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan environmental organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the scenic character and beauty of Jacksonville, Florida.

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Thank you to Foley & Lardner LLP for sponsoring the event along with our other generous sponsors listed on our website. We welcome additional sponsors; Click here for information on sponsor packages.