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DVI Updates 

 

One Spark 2016: Spark Walk + Creator Innovation Day 

On Wednesday, April 6, we will celebrate Creators on the streets of Downtown Jacksonville with a First Wednesday Spark Walk from noon to 10 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to spend the afternoon with coworkers, friends or family Downtown. With creators, artists, food trucks, live music and entertainment, this is a day you won’t want to miss! And don’t forget about Spark Walk After Dark in The Elbow for continued fun, art and music.

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Thursday, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day at The Hyatt which provides Creators and Entrepreneurs with information, tools and workshops to move ideas from concept to company. This all day conference is a great resource for those looking to start a business, for small business owners or for entrepreneurs. There is still time to register, so make sure to get your tickets here. We’ll see you next week!

Jazz Fest After Dark in the Core:
 
There is a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and rightly so since it’s back in the core of #DTJax! The fun does not end with Jazz Fest, as there is Jazz Fest After Dark with ten stages, over 60 acts and all for free. Make sure to check out the website for more information and the full line-up.

So mark your calendars for May 27-28 for #JFADjax!

Our Urban Oasis Gala Was a Success! 
 

The DTJax inaugural Urban Oasis Gala was an amazing success March 19! It was truly one for the books with over 200 attendees, a fantastic space and ambience, delicious food and drinks and great music all night long. The proceeds from the Gala and silent auction are going to fund parklets Downtown to further beautify and green out streets.

We would like to congratulate the winners of our Downtown awards:

Thank you for all your hardwork in making #DTJax a better place everyday!

A big thank you to all of our sponsors who made this night possible, especially PRI ProductionsAuld & White Constructors and Everbank. Also, a special shout-out to our fantastic caterers, Black Sheep and beverage providers, Intuition Ale WorksBold City Brewery and The Jacksonville Landing.

Thank you again to everyone who volunteered, donated and came out to help us celebrate #DTJax. Make sure to visit our Facebook page to look at all the pictures from the night!
 

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Volunteers Opportunities:
 
Want to get involved in the community? Sign up today to volunteer at First Wednesday Spark Walk on April 6.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  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 2014-2015.

 

By Lindsay Forrest, DVI Intern

Photo Credit: Jessie duPont Fund

Photo Credit: Jessie duPont Fund

Since the first National Woman’s Week in 1981, the United States has dedicated the month of March to honor and appreciate powerful women who changed the course of history and led us to a contemporary society. We celebrate all facets of achievements by women – including contributions to history, society and culture. We’d like to take a moment to recognize the Jessie Ball duPont Center in #DTJax for Women’s History month this year.

In order to understand the history behind the Jessie Ball duPont Center, we must understand Jessie Ball duPont. A teacher, philanthropist and “Great Floridian” – duPont was born in Virginia in 1884. Throughout her life, she focused on business and charitable activities central to her core values and beliefs.

Some of these contributions include:

  • Founder of the Nemours Foundation – a children’s hospital in Delaware, including a branch just south of #DTJax
  • Founder of Alfred I. duPont Foundation – to assist underpriviledged people in Delaware, Florida and Virgina
  • Founder of the Alfred I. duPont Awards Foundation – to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of broadcast journalism
  • Gifted colleges and universities with faculty salaries and libraries

When duPont died in 1970, she left her will and estate of $42 million for the creation of the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation. The foundation grants eligible organizations, creates new opportunities through investment and focuses on projects central to duPont’s philanthropic values.

Photo Credit: Jessie Ball duPont Center

Photo Credit: Jessie Ball duPont Center

Originally the Haydon Burns Public Library designed by notable Jacksonville architect Taylor Hardwick, the Jessie duPont Foundation purchased this historic mid-century building in #DTJax in 2005 and began a $25-million renovation to transform the space into the Jessie Ball duPont Center. The center focuses on philanthropy and non-profits in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.

The duPont Center’s achievements include:

  • Houses 12 local non-profits and more than 200 employees
  • Offers low occupancy costs to non-profits to allow more funding to ideas and revitalization
  • Utilized green-building and LEED certified practices throughout the renovation, and became a top case study for adaptive reuse in #DTJax
  • Unites local non-profits in a collaborative and inspiring environment
Photo Credit: Jessie Ball duPont Center

Photo Credit: Jessie Ball duPont Center

The center also rents out space for community organizations, civic groups and individuals. To learn more about reservations, tenants or how to get involved, check the website here.

On March 19, The Jessie Ball duPont Fund received the Downtown Achievement Award of the year for 2016 at DVI’s inaugural Urban Oasis Gala. We are looking forward to seeing new innovations, ideas and energy from local non-profits to better #DTJax from the revitalization of this mid-century historic building into the Jessie Ball duPont Center.

 

 

 

 

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DVI Updates 

 

Our Urban Oasis Gala Was a Success!

 

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The DTJax inaugural Urban Oasis Gala was an amazing success this past Saturday! It was truly one for the books with over 200 attendees, a fantastic space and ambience, delicious food and drinks and great music all night long. The proceeds from the Gala and silent auction are going to fund parklets Downtown to further beautify and green out streets.

We would like to congratulate the winners of our Downtown awards:

Thank you for all your hardwork in making #DTJax a better place everyday!

A big thank you to all of our sponsors who made this night possible, especially PRI ProductionsAuld & White Constructors and Everbank. Also, a special shout-out to our fantastic caterers, Black Sheep and beverage providers, Intuition Ale WorksBold City Brewery and The Jacksonville Landing.

Thank you again to everyone who volunteered, donated and came out to help us celebrate #DTJax. Make sure to visit our Facebook page to look at all the pictures from the night!

 View More: http://severine-photography.pass.us/urbanoasisgala

Spark Walk + Creator Innovation Day: 

One Spark will be comprised of two days, two events in April:

On Wednesday, April 6, we will celebrate Creators on the streets of Downtown Jacksonville with a First Wednesday Spark Walk from noon to 10 p.m.

Thursday, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day at The Hyatt which provides Creators and Entrepreneurs with information, tools and local resources to move ideas from concept to company. Register here to be a part of Creator Innovation Day.

Mark your calendars and we’ll see you in April!

 

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Volunteers Opportunities:
 
Want to get involved in the community? Sign up today to volunteer at First Wednesday Spark Walk on April 9.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  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 2014-2015.

 

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Mar. 16: Truffle Class
Mar. 19: GastroFest 2016

Live Music + Nightlife
Mar. 17: Get The Led Out

                           Mar. 19: GastroFest After Dark


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DVI Updates 

 

Just a Few Tickets Left!
After months of waiting, the Urban Oasis Gala is finally here! This Saturday, March 19, join us for a night of catering by Black Sheep, a full bar featuring soon-to-be Downtown Intuition Ale Works and Bold City Brewery, treats by Peterbrooke Chocolatier and Sweet Pete’s and live music by the Chris Thomas Band. There will also be Downtown awards presented and a silent auction with amazing items including cocktail parties, behind the scenes tours, annual memberships and more. This inaugural gala will celebrate and benefit the Downtown Parklet Program to better activate and energize #DTJax. We don’t have many tickets left, so make sure to buy yours today here!

 

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Spark Walk + Creator Innovation Day: 
One Spark is joining forces with community partners and will be comprised of two days, two events in April.
On Wednesday, April 6, we will celebrate Creators on the streets of Downtown Jacksonville with a First Wednesday Spark Walk from noon
to 10 p.m.
Thursday, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day at The Hyatt which provides Creators and Entrepreneurs with information, tools and local resources to move ideas from concept to company. Register here to be a part of Creator Innovation Day.
We’ll see you in April!

 

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#JaxJazzFest Returns to The Core:
 
The 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival is returning Downtown May 26-29. The Jazz Marketplace is an exciting new addition to the festival this year where local artists and vendors intermingle with existing Downtown establishments for an Art Walk like experience. Are you a Downtown business owner with a storefront within the festival footprint? You too can participate in the marketplace driving additional foot traffic to your location, maximizing your business’s exposure and leave a positive impression for years to come. Apply here to be a part of the Jazz Marketplace today!

 

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Volunteers Opportunities:
 
Want to get involved in the community? Sign up today to volunteer at First Wednesday Spark Walk on April 9.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  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 2014-2015.

 

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Mar. 12: Gate River Run
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DVI Updates 

 

Tickets Selling Out Fast!:

You don’t want to miss this celebration of Downtown Jacksonville at DVI’s Urban Oasis Gala Saturday, March 19! Join us for a night of catering by Black Sheep, a full bar featuring soon-to-be Downtown Intuition Ale Works and Bold City Brewery, treats by Peterbrooke Chocolatier and Sweet Pete’s, live music by the Chris Thomas Band and silent auction items including a rooftop cocktail party, behind the scenes tours, annual memberships and more. This inaugural gala will benefit the Downtown Parklet Program to better activate and energize #DTJax. Make sure to get your tickets and sponsorships today by registering here. See you on the 19th!

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The One Spark Rundown: 

One Spark is joining forces with community partners and will be comprised of two days, two events in April:

Wednesday, April 6, we will celebrate Creators on the streets of Downtown Jacksonville with a First Wednesday Spark Walk from noon to 10 p.m.

Thursday, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day at The Hyatt which provides Creators and Entrepreneurs with information, tools and local resources to move ideas from concept to company.

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Volunteers Opportunities:
 
Want to get involved in the community? Below are two events that you can be a part of. Sign up today:
Merchant Meeting: Spark Walk and Jazz Fest: 
 
Mark your calendar to join DVI, One Spark and the City of Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Office for briefings on Spark Walk and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. This meeting will be held Thursday, March 10, 9 a.m. in the Ed Ball Building, 1st floor Training Room.
To attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Hewett-Apperson, at (904)634-0303 ext. 224 or via email.

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DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  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 2014-2015.

 

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By Lindsay Forrest, DVI Intern

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching on Thursday March 17, we put together a list of the best spots to celebrate this year in #DTJax. What’s better than green beer, leprechauns, Irish culture, live music, beads and drink specials? Throw on a green shirt, hat or maybe even a leprechaun costume and head to #DTJax.

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1. Shamrockin’ Saint Patrick’s Day Bash

Mavericks LIVE
March 17 | Doors open at 6 p.m.
Cost: $5 for guys, free for girls 21+

Celebrate a Mavericks LIVE special edition St. Patty’s Day ladies night featuring a green bikini contest, cash and prizes, music by Luke Bryan’s official DJ; DJ Rock, drink specials and more.

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2. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The Jacksonville Landing
March 17 | 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Enjoy live music on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage, dance performances, green beer and The Landing’s green fountain.
Entertainment includes:

  • 4 – 7 p.m. Live music by Ace Winn Trio
  • 7 – 8 p.m. Irish dance performance by Dynamics Dance Inc.
  • 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Austin Park
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    3. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 

    Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
    March 17 | 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
    Cost: Free

    Start your St. Patty’s day off with an Irish breakfast at Fionn MacCool’s served from 9 – 11 a.m then enjoy giveaways, roaming bagpipers, traditional Irish dancers, drink specials and a buffet throughout the day.

    Schedule of events includes:
    9 – 11 a.m. Traditional Irish Breakfast
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Live music by Spade McQuade and the Allstars
    11 a.m. – 9 p.m. A.Y.C.E Carved Corned Beef Buffet
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Live music by Rathkeltair
    5 – 9 p.m. Live music by Searson
    9:30 p.m. – Closing Live performance by Seven Nations

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    4. Love, Luck and Happiness Party for Kane

    The Hourglass Pub
    March 17 | 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
    Cost: Free

    Support Kane, a 4 year old boy diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and his family in the Good Luck for Kane event on St. Patrick’s Day. 15% of all bar sales go to support Kane and his battle. Enjoy live model drawings by artists, green beer from Bold City Brewery and music from Richter7, all for a great cause!

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    5. “Lucky” St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 

    Mark’s Jacksonville
    March 17 | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
    Cost: Free

    Stop by Mark’s lounge and try your luck for an event sponsored by Michael Collins Whiskey featuring $4 Irish Whiskey, $6 Irish Car bombs, $3 Guinness and $3 New Castle.

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    6. Spring Cocktail Tasting: Irish Edition

    NOLA MOCA 
    March 17 | 6 – 8 p.m.
    Cost: $30 per person

    Not a fan of huge crowds and green beer? Sample beer, wine and Irish whiskey by Premium Beverage while enjoying small bites and treats inspired by the flavors of Ireland by Chef Kathy Collins. MOCA Jacksonville will also be open until 9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

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    7. St Patrick’s Day in The Elbow

    March 17

    Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at The Elbow Social in #DTJax’s Entertainment District! Happy hour is from 3 – 7 p.m at these participating locations:

    ∙ Burrito Gallery
    ∙ Burro Bar
    ∙ Chomp Chomp
    ∙ Dos Gatos
    ∙ Downtown Cigar Lounge
    ∙ Hourglass Pub & Coffeehouse
    ∙ Mark’s Downtown Club & Lounge
    ∙ Olio
    ∙ Super Food and Brew

    After Happy Hour ends, head out to these events:

    Almost Friday with DJ Deacon @ Mark’s Downtown

    Thursday Takeover @ Downtown Cigar Lounge

    Open Mic Poetry + Comedy @ Hourglass Pub

    Throwback Thursdays @ 1904 Music Hall

    Kickback Thursdays @ Azucena

    Hip Hop & Hookah @ Burro Bar

    Trivia @ Dos Gatos

    Visit theelbowjax.com for more information.

    DTEntertainmentIf you are looking for upcoming events in #DTJax, check out our events calendar here. Slainte!

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    First Wednesday Art Walk: Shamrockin’ Downtown:
     
    Get lucky this Art Walk with live music by the JFRD Pipes and Drums, dance performances by The Legacy Irish Dance Academy and Dynamics Dance on the main stage in Hemming Park. Enjoy the grand opening of Peterbrooke Chocolatier Downtown with live music, free chocolate and Jaxson De Ville photo opportunity! Plus, don’t miss The Front Porch at The Landing. Full Art Walk details at the official website.
    We’re also still looking for volunteers so sign up today and give back at #DTJax’s First Wednesday Art Walk!


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    One Spark Updates: 

      

    In the spirit of innovation and collaboration, One Spark is joining forces with community partners and will be comprised of two days, two events.
    On Wednesday, April 6, we will celebrate Creators on the streets of Downtown Jacksonville with a First Wednesday Spark Walk from noon to 10 p.m.
    Thursday, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day which provides Creators and Entrepreneurs with information, tools and local resources to move ideas from concept to company.
    The deadline to apply to be a Creator has been extended until 11:59 p.m. March 1. Apply here now!


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    DTJax’s Urban Oasis Gala is Right Around the Corner:


    Tickets and sponsorships are going fast! You don’t want to miss this celebration of Downtown Jacksonville at DVI’s Urban Oasis Gala Saturday, March 19! Join us for a night of cocktails, local food and dancing – including live music by the Chris Thomas Band - silent auctions and MOSH animal encounters. This inaugural gala will benefit the Downtown Parklet Program to better activate and energize #DTJax. Safari and jungle attire is encouraged, so make sure to get your ticket today and join us on March 19at 100 North Laura from 6:00-10:30 p.m.! Register here.


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    We Still Want Your Opinions:

    DVI Annual Report Available:
     
      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 2014-2015.