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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week

 

Photo by @hemmingpark

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Thursday, October 18
Saturday, October 20
Sunday, October 21
Monday, October 22

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife

Thursday, October 18
Friday, October 19
Monday, October 22

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17

 

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Get Involved

 

 

 

Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates. Details.
When: Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
 
 

 

Quarterly Community Meeting 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for their final Quarterly Community Meeting of 2018 to discuss updates on Clean & Safety, upcoming events and future plans for the park. Details.
When: Thursday, October 25, 5 p.m.
Where: Main Library, Suite G5

 
 

6th Annual Trick or Treat on the Street – Call to Businesses
 
Don’t forget to sign up for Trick or Treat on the Street 2018!

It’s a great opportunity to promote your business through specials, coupons, discounts and candy while visitors, locals, employees and families dress up and trick-or-treat at DTJax businesses. Plus, it’s FREE to participate. Last year, 30+ businesses and 600+ Downtown employees and families participated!

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
To participate or for questions, please respond to junine@dtjax.org no later than October 19, 2018.

 
 

The Looking Glass: Holiday Windows of Art – Call to Artists and Businesses 
 
The Holiday Windows of Art are a festive way of highlighting an array of artists while filling empty store windows. This year, Wolf & Cub is organizing the project and is calling for artists and businesses to participate in this event.
When: the windows will be unveiled on Dec. 5 during the First WednesdayArt Walk and will remain up for the month of December.
Artists: submit a PDF sketch of your concept along with a brief description of the project. Include name, contact information and project details.
Businesses: email lookingglassdtjax@gmail.com with locations you’d like activated.
Contact lookingglassdtjax@gmail.com for details.

 

 

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

150 Riverside Ave. #307

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon:

 

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 

 

 

 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHOR Tavern, Hyatt Regency
225 E. Coastline Dr.

 

 
 
 
 
 

112 W. Adams St.
223 N. Hogan St.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

Get ready to be spooked in TWO WEEKS at Trick or Treat on the Street in DTJax! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Halloween is right around the corner and we want to celebrate the spookiest time of the year with #DTJax employees!
On Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., wear your best costumes and get your fill of candy, coupons, and other promotional goodies from 22+ participating businesses.
Dust off your capes and fangs, bring a friend, the family, or the whole office and partake in the 6th Annual Trick or Treat on the Street!
This is one sweet treat you won’t want to miss! Details. #TrickorTreatJax

 

2017 State of Downtown Report

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.

 

2016-2017 Annual Report

 

Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 

2018 AW Sponsorship Thumbnail

 

Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

__________________________________________________________________________

Instagram of the Week

 

Photo by @doubletree_jax

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Thursday, October 11

Saturday, October 13
Sunday, October 14
Monday, October 15

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife

Thursday, October 11
Friday, October 12
Monday, October 15

 

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Get Involved

 

COJ City Council Meeting

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.

When: Tuesday, October 9, 5 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers

 

 
 
 

Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates. Details.
When: Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
 
 

 
 
 

Quarterly Community Meeting 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for their final Quarterly Community Meeting of 2018 to discuss updates on Clean & Safety, upcoming events and future plans for the park. Details.
When: Thursday, October 25, 5 p.m.
Where: Main Library, Suite G5

 
 
 
 
 

6th Annual Trick or Treat on the Street – Call to Businesses
 
Don’t forget to sign up for Trick or Treat on the Street 2018!

It’s a great opportunity to promote your business through specials, coupons, discounts and candy while visitors, locals, employees and families dress up and trick-or-treat at DTJax businesses. Plus, it’s FREE to participate. Last year, 30+ businesses and 600+ Downtown employees and families participated!

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
To participate or for questions, please respond to junine@dtjax.org no later than October 19, 2018.

 
 
 
 
 

The Looking Glass: Holiday Windows of Art – Call to Artists and Businesses 
 
The Holiday Windows of Art are a festive way of highlighting an array of artists while filling empty store windows. This year, Wolf & Cub is organizing the project and is calling for artists and businesses to participate in this event.
When: the windows will be unveiled on Dec. 5 during the First WednesdayArt Walk and will remain up for the month of December.
Artists: submit a PDF sketch of your concept along with a brief description of the project. Include name, contact information and project details.
Businesses: email lookingglassdtjax@gmail.com with locations you’d like activated.
Contact lookingglassdtjax@gmail.com for details.

 

 

 

 __________________________________________________________________________ 

 

#DTJax News

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

150 Riverside Ave. #307

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon:

 

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 

 

 

 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHOR Tavern, Hyatt Regency
225 E. Coastline Dr.

 

 
 
 
 
 

112 W. Adams St.
223 N. Hogan St.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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DVI Updates:

 

Last week’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting 
Photo Credit: Jacksonville Daily Record.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Many thanks to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Mike Williams for speaking at our Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting last week and for answering audience questions. We also want to thank all who attended the meeting and hope that our next Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting in January 2019 is as highly attended.
If you weren’t able to attend, here are some highlights from the meeting in this article by the Jacksonville Daily Record.

 
 

Another Successful Oktoberfest @ Art Walk in #DTJax

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The 6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk was a huge success and it wouldn’t have happened without all the people who helped us make this event come to life.
Thanks to Council President Aaron Bowman, DVI Chair Terry Durand-Stuebben and Bold City Brewery hosting the traditional Tapping of the Keg; to our AWESOME emcee, Curtis Dvorack; to all of the participating businesses, artists, musicians and performers; to Roxanne Lejeune for hosting the Weiner-Dog Derby Race; and of course, thanks to all that participated in our tough competitions and attended the event.
For details on the upcoming First Wednesday Art Walk on Nov. 7, visit iloveartwalk.com.

 

 

2017 State of Downtown Report

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.

 

2016-2017 Annual Report

 

Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities
2018 AW Sponsorship Thumbnail

 

Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

__________________________________________________________________________

Instagram of the Week

 

Photo by @jrockstyle

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Saturday, October 6
Sunday, October 7
Monday, October 8

 

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife

Thursday, October 4
Friday, October 5
Monday, October 8

 

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Get Involved

 

We Vote Rally
Join the City of Jacksonville in the Atrium of City Hall to rally the voting voice of our disability community. This free event will have voter registration and accessible voting demonstrations. Details.
When: Tuesday, October 2, 5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall

 
 
Waterway/Waterfront Activation Public Meeting 

Join City Council Member Lori Boyer for a public meeting discussing ways to activate our City’s rivers, tributaries, the Intracoastal Waterway and Beaches and hear progress updates. Details.
When: Thursday, October 4, 2 p.m.
Where: City Hall

 
 
 
 

Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates. Details.
When: Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
 
 

 

Quarterly Community Meeting 
 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for their final Quarterly Community Meeting of 2018 to discuss updates on Clean & Safety, upcoming events and future plans for the park. Details.
When: Thursday, October 25, 5 p.m.
Where: Main Library, Suite G5

 

 

 

 __________________________________________________________________________ 

 

#DTJax News

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

 

 
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon:

 

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 

 

 

 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHOR Tavern, Hyatt Regency
225 E. Coastline Dr.

 

 
 
 

112 W. Adams St.
223 N. Hogan St.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

TOMORROW: 6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Make your way to #DTJax on Wednesday, October 3 from 5-10 p.m. to witness the annual Tapping of the Keg with Council President Aaron Bowman, Downtown Vision and Bold City Brewery at 6 p.m., weiner-dog races, fun contests, authentic German folk music, local craft beer and seasonal favorites, a kid zone and so much more at the 6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk! Details.

 

 

2017 State of Downtown Report

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.

 

2016-2017 Annual Report

 

 
Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities
2018 AW Sponsorship Thumbnail

 

Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

Cindy Ray, LMHC

When meeting Cynthia “Cindy” Ray, the first thing you might notice is her bright, kind eyes and genuine smile. She is a people-person to her core and has an innate way of making a complete stranger feel like an old friend in just a few moments. Her voice is clear with a slight Boston accent that gets stronger when she is speaking to something she is passionate or excited about. For Cindy, there’s nothing more exciting than the work she does every day in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.

Cindy is the Social Services Outreach Specialist enlisted by Downtown Vision’s Clean and Safe Ambassador Program. She has spent her career in service to others, starting off as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with her own private practice in Daytona Beach, and serving for ten years on the Board of Directors for a homeless outreach nonprofit in the Daytona area. After a few years pursuing ministry work with her spouse in Oregon, they came to Florida and settled in Jacksonville. Cindy was working as a therapist in the Crisis Stabilisation Unit of a correctional facility when she saw an opportunity to join the Ambassador Program, which dovetailed her mental health counseling background with her faith and love of serving and supporting the community.

When she first began her current position, most of her day was spent introducing herself to and establishing relationships with homeless and transient individuals in Downtown’s 90-block Business Improvement District. She emphasizes that credibility and rapport with the individuals she serves are vital to both her and their success in pursuing the goal of the Ambassador Program: to connect homeless and transient individuals with social services providers and resources to improve their circumstance. She proclaims with sparkling eyes and a bit of a laugh: “there is no such thing as a typical day, really.”

“There is no such thing as a typical day!” – Cindy Ray

Cindy’s priority with most of the homeless and transient individuals she meets is to get them somewhere to stay as soon as possible. “If they need housing and those services; my primary goal is to get them to Quest and the Housing Authority.” Quest is an outreach program run by the Florida Mental Health Resource Center to “assist individuals who are homeless with finding and obtaining housing,” and the Jacksonville Housing Authority spearheads “a variety of programs to fit the needs of low and moderate income families, senior and handicapped adults in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area”

The data supports this approach. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration — “SAMHSA,” an agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — “[s]table housing provides the foundation upon which people build their lives. Without a safe, affordable place to live, it is almost impossible to achieve good health or to achieve one’s full potential” (SAMHSA, 2017). The Quest Program not only seeks to ensure individuals have a place to live, but it also matches individuals with the types of accommodation that best suit their specific needs, as well as prioritizes those who have the greatest need and highest vulnerability to get into housing as quickly as possible.

Cindy traverses the streets of the Business Improvement District, notebook in hand, a friendly smile on her face, checking the progress of the individuals she has been working with, as well as greeting new faces, learning their stories, and determining their specific needs. On her rounds, she notes the time of day, the areas of her encounters, and captures demographic information so she can more efficiently reach the greatest amount of homeless and transient individuals as possible. She’s currently the only Social Services Outreach Specialist, but she’s optimistic the program will expand and grow with continued community support. “Having more outreach on the ground is a critical piece of the solution.”

There is already a host of support from various organizations in and around Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has donated two wheelchair-accessible vans to the program that allow Cindy to transport individuals to social service appointments in a safe and timely way. Cindy also works closely with other Ambassadors, leveraging their knowledge of the areas she should focus on and individuals they have seen who look like they could use her help.

Not every homeless or transient individual needs significant intervention or assistance. Many times, all a person needs is a little boost of confidence from someone who cares, and that’s something Cindy is enthusiastic to offer. “There is a feeling of hopelessness, like ‘this is just the way it is.’ One of my biggest goals is just to encourage people that their situation can change. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Cindy doesn’t keep regular office hours, but individuals needing assistance can book appointments with her in order to find out what resources are out there and get help filing for assistance. Scheduling an appointment can help individuals avoid save time waiting in line. During those appointments, she can help with overcoming some of the barriers that individuals encounter while attempting to access resources. “If somebody doesn’t have a cell phone, or don’t have access to the Internet, or even know how to use the Internet, they can’t access a lot of great resources.” Cindy has access to the technology they need in order to file paperwork. This kind of approach allows people to advocate for themselves, take a proactive approach to their circumstances, and empowers them as individuals.

“One of my biggest goals is just to encourage people that their situation can change. It doesn’t have to be this way.” – Cindy Ray

Cindy also spoke about some of the stigmas and misinformation that surrounds homelessness. “The homeless population really care for one another. They watch each other’s backs, for the most part. The sense of belonging is big out there; they think: ‘these people over here are in the same boat I am, they can relate to me.’ We all need that sense of connection and belonging. In fact, they fear for their lives, too, on the street. A lot of times they say: ‘I’m afraid of being out here … I’m not the one hurting anybody.’”

Cindy was also emphatic about offering individuals longer-term assistance than just giving them food or money directly. “If someone is panhandling, please don’t give money. There are a lot of places that will feed people — the Sulzbacher Center is one. So I would ask people to direct the person to services instead, to try to connect them to services instead of giving money.” It’s another way to empower individuals to take the initiative to help themselves and make positive, constructive choices that will pay off both in the short and the long term.

The final thoughts Cindy wanted to share about the community she works so closely with and spends the majority of her waking hours advocating for came slowly, carefully, but no less passionately than she had been speaking the rest of the morning. “Not everybody on the street is dangerous. They have a lack of choice and direction. Pray for people. Volunteer where you can at organizations that are helping. If you want to help in some way, go to wherever you feel drawn that’s trying to help homeless and transient individuals. Advocate, be a voice, wherever you see that to be.”

Cindy Ray
Social Services Outreach Specialist
646.689.2661
cray@blockbyblock.com

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

__________________________________________________________________________

Instagram of the Week

 

Photo by @cre8jax

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, September 25
Wednesday, September 26
Saturday, September 29
Sunday, September 30

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife

Thursday, September 27
Friday, September 28
Sunday, September 30
Monday, October 1

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

Tuesday, September 25
Wednesday, September 26

 

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Get Involved

 

COJ City Council Meeting 

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday (today), September 25, 5 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Council Chamber

 
 
 
 

LaVilla Neighborhood Development Community Meeting 
 

Join the Downtown Investment Authority and Jacksonville Transportation Authority for a public meeting discussing the past, present and future of LaVilla and how to activate the neighborhood. Details.
When: Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ritz Theatre and Museum

 

 
 
 
 

Waterway/Waterfront Activation Public Meeting 

Join City Council Member Lori Boyer for a public meeting discussing ways to activate our City’s rivers, tributaries, the Intracoastal Waterway and Beaches and hear progress updates. Details.
When: Thursday, October 4, 2 p.m.
Where: City Hall

 
 
 

 __________________________________________________________________________ 

 

#DTJax News

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

1075 Hendricks Ave.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

580 College St.

 

 
 
 
 
 

225 E. Coastline Dr.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1515 Prudential Dr.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon:

 

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHOR Tavern, Hyatt Regency
225 E. Coastline Dr.

 

 
 
 
 

112 W. Adams St.
223 N. Hogan St.

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting with updates from Special Guest Speaker: Sheriff Mike Williams – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
When: Tuesday, October 2
*NEW TIME*: 8 A.M.
*NEW LOCATION*: TIAA Bank Center Auditorium at 301 W. Bay St.
To attend, please RSVP to our Director of District Services, Eric Miller via email.
 

 

6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEXT WEEK, the 6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk will be upon us!
Make your way to #DTJax on Wednesday, October 3 from 5-10 p.m. to witness the annual Tapping of the Keg, weiner-dog races, authentic German folk music and so much more!
Plus, make sure to bring out your beer stein to participate in some Oktoberfest themed competitions! This is a family-friendly event, so you won’t have to leave the little ones (or little furry ones) at home. Details.

 

2017 State of Downtown Report

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.

 

 
2016-2017 Annual Report

Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 9.20.20 AM

Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 

2018 AW Sponsorship Thumbnail
 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

__________________________________________________________________________

Instagram of the Week

 

Photo by @natepwatson

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, September 18
Wednesday, September 19
Saturday, September 22

 
 

 

Live Music & Nightlife

Thursday, September 20
Friday, September 21
Sunday, September 23
Monday, September 24

 

__________________________________________________________________________ 

 

Get Involved

 

LaVilla Neighborhood Development Community Meeting 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join the Downtown Investment Authority and Jacksonville Transportation Authority for a public meeting discussing the past, present and future of LaVilla and how to activate the neighborhood with guest speaker Nancy Broner, Executive Director of OneJax. Details.
When: Tuesday, September 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ritz Theatre and Museum

 

Waterway/Waterfront Activation Public Meeting 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join City Council Member Lori Boyer for a public meeting discussing ways to activate our City’s rivers, tributaries, the Intracoastal Waterway and Beaches and hear progress updates. Details.
When: Thursday, October 4, 2 p.m.
Where: City Hall

 

 __________________________________________________________________________ 

 

#DTJax News

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

1075 Hendricks Ave.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

580 College St.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

225 E. Coastline Dr.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1515 Prudential Dr.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 
 
 
 
 
 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

120 E. Forsyth St.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHOR Tavern, Hyatt Regency
225 E. Coastline Dr.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

112 W. Adams St.
223 N. Hogan St.

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

THREE DAYS until PARK(ing) Day 2018!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is PARK(ing) Day? It’s a global event where citizens, artists, and more collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into incredible pop-up parks or “PARK(ing) spaces.”

Downtown Vision has partnered up with local businesses in the urban core – including Daniel James Salon, Anytime Fitness, Super Food and Brew, The Brick Coffee House, Visit Jacksonville, Hollywood Cuts, Wolf & Cub, Bellwether and more – to provide unique PARK(ing) destinations in the heart of our city.

Come out to Park(ing) Day this week on Friday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and see the very best of what #DTJax has to offer! Details.

 

Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting with updates from Special Guest Speaker: Sheriff Mike Williams – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
When: Tuesday, October 2
*NEW TIME*: 8 A.M.
*NEW LOCATION*: TIAA Bank Center Auditorium at 301 W. Bay St.
To attend, please RSVP to our Director of District Services, Eric Miller via email.
 

 

6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In only TWO WEEKS, the 6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk will be upon us!
Make your way to #DTJax on Wednesday, October 3 from 5-10 p.m. to witness the annual Tapping of the Keg, weiner-dog races, authentic German folk music and so much more!
Plus, make sure to bring out the beer stein to participate in some Oktoberfest themed competitions! This is a family-friendly event, so you won’t have to leave the little ones (or little furry ones) at home. Details.

 

2017 State of Downtown Report

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.

 

2016-2017 Annual Report

Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 9.20.20 AM

Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 

2018 AW Sponsorship Thumbnail

Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

“Providing temporary public open space…one parking spot at a time” 

What could be more fun than enjoying the urban core in amazing parks that highlight the best that Downtown Jacksonville has to offer?

PARK(ing) Day is a global movement that was founded in San Francisco in 2005 in order to “call attention to the need for more urban spaces.” The success of the movement is transparent in the establishment of a nonprofit solely dedicated to “converting [underused areas] into new pedestrian spaces”: Pavements to Parks.

 

Although PARK(ing) Day has since evolved to emphasize different social issues; the movement still continues to create connections between artists, local business owners and community members by temporarily transforming parking spaces into incredible pop-up parks. This year, Downtown Jacksonville is joining the movement by hosting PARK(ing) Day in the urban core.

The event will be held on Friday, September 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. All parklets will be located along Laura Street and its surrounding area but are typically located right in front of participating businesses. This includes Anytime Fitness, Bellwether, Daniel James Salon, Hollywood Cuts, Superfood and Brew, Visit Jacksonville, Wolf & Cub, The Brick and Downtown Vision, Inc.

DVI has reached out to multiple local businesses in the city to provide unique PARK(ing) destinations during the lunch rush. Businesses are digging into their creative outlets to provide downtown employees, visitors and residents with parklets to remember. Whether you are looking for a place to relax or have fun during your break, PARK(ing) Day will not disappoint.

The event will also be a great way to show your support for some of Jacksonville’s thriving local businesses. They are excited to engage with guests in a more informal setting, outside of their storefronts.

If you are worried about parking during this event, don’t be! Downtown Vision, Inc. has provided this list and map of available parking spaces in Downtown Jacksonville. This includes more than 44,000 spaces!

So stretch your legs and take advantage of the additional public spaces that our #DTJax businesses have put together!

For more information, visit the PARK(ing) Day Facebook Page here.