Jax chamber's new president Daniel Davis says Jaxport is on the forefront of his mind.
Davis says the community should band together to make Jaxport the driving economic force of the first coast.
"It's going to take investment. It's going to take investment on the local, state and federal level."
He says its his goal to grow the economy by getting larger cargo ships into Jacksonville.
"We have to realize as a community that this is our economic gem."
Jax Port authority wants to dredge from the current 40 feet to 47 feet in order to attract larger cargo ships. The project expected to cost about 733 million dollars according to a U.S. army corp of engineer analysis.
Mayor Alvin Brown says the city already pays port operations annually between $5 million and $7.5 million. He has also said that he does not support placing an additional burden on taxpayers to deepen the channel. Davis remains hopeful about funding for the project.
"We need to get behind the port. We need to make sure that we fund them properly to get the infrastructure in place so we can move goods and services across our community and across our nation."