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The Downtown Achievement Award recognizes an individual or organization for a significant body of work that reinforces Downtown as the premier center for arts, dining, retail, entertainment, business and urban living in Northeast Florida.  For this award, Aundra Wallace was an obvious choice for the many ways he has championed Downtown Jacksonville as CEO of Downtown Investment Authority for the past 5 years.  Hired in 2013, Aundra was the first leader of the new DIA, and immediately oversaw the creation of an updated Community Redevelopment Plan for Downtown through two years of work and community meetings.  This plan is Downtown’s current roadmap towards revitalization for the district through investment, large and small.

Under Aundra’s leadership, DIA worked with the Mayor and City Council to invest at least $35 million into Downtown during the last four years, leveraging more than $300 million in private investments in return, which created almost 1,000 new jobs within Downtown.

During this process, Aundra and his agency shepherded numerous projects along – from game changers like the Laura Street Trio and Barnett Building, The District, and The Shipyards, to smaller but still very influential projects like Vestcor’s workforce housing, 20West and the incredible Cowford Chophouse renovation (a DTJax Award winner last year!)

The Downtown Retail Enhancement Program is another project which has paid off in a big return:  The DIA program is designed to recruit and retain street level, restaurants, retail and creative office space.  More than $695,000 in program funds has been deployed, leveraging over $3.2M in private investment, creating more than 127 new jobs and lots more street life Downtown.

From Bellwether to Bold City Brewery to Jimmy Johns, so many of the venues downtowners love were supported by this program.  It’s clear that Aundra Wallace has had an immense impact on Downtown Jacksonville.  Although he is no longer the leader of the DIA, we are happy that he will continue to play a major role in our city as President of the JAXUSA Partnership.

Thank you, Aundra, for your continued devotion to our community and for making Downtown Jacksonville a better place for all who live, work, and play 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.

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Instagram of the Week 

 
Photo by @damien.lamar during a Hemming Park Walking Club lunch tour.
 

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

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, January 29
Wednesday, January 30
Thursday, January 31
Saturday, February 2

 

Family Fun 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, January 29
Wednesday, January 30
Thursday, January 31
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

Tuesday, January 29
Wednesday, January 30
Thursday, January 31
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2
Sunday, February 3

 

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Get Involved

 

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted via the email address provided.
The Future of Transit and Autonomous Vehicles: Public Perception Survey
 
The University of Florida Transportation Institute and Department of Urban and Regional Planning are conducting a study to understand the users’ perception to autonomous and connected vehicles and how they are preparing and adapting to this new era of automated transportation systems.
The feedback obtained from participants would help transit agencies and transportation experts prioritize strategies and initiatives to enhance the transportation network efficiency, mobility, accessibility, safety, and equity in Jacksonville, FL.
Questions about the survey? Contact siva@ce.ufl.edu.
 
 

Friends of Hemming Park: Quarterly Community Meeting
 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for a Quarterly Meeting to hear a year-in-review and a look ahead at plans for the park and scheduled events for the upcoming year.
When: Thursday, January 31, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Friends of Hemming Park Office, Main Library (1st Floor), 303 N. Laura St.
Complete a short survey prior to the meeting for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Details.
 
 

City Council Meeting
 
Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, February 12, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.

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#DTJax News

 

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

515 N. Newman St.
Now Open!
45 W. Bay St.
Now Open!
345 E. Bay St.
Now Open!
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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DVI Updates:

 
NEW Expanded Downtown Historical Timeline
Jacksonville has a long, rich history. Experience our new interactive, illustrated presentation of some of the most interesting and impactful events that have occurred Downtown over the last 500 years! Details.
 
 

NEXT WEEK: Black Excellence: Past, Present, Future at #ArtWalkJax!
 
Celebrate Black History Month in #DTJax! Enjoy local art, delicious food, live music and performances, and 35+ venues on Feb. 6 from 5-9 p.m. Details.
Highlights:
  • Headquarters at Hemming Park: Enjoy readings by award-winning Poet, Ebony Payne, live performance by Shake Culture Crew and Jacksonville University Greek Life.
  • Kid Zone at Hemming Park: Enjoy bounce houses, a magic show by Crossroads Magic and activities by MyGym Jacksonville.
  • Vagabond Flea at Hogan Street: Check out this creatively curated market that features local artists, quality makers, upcyclers, vintage and antique sellers, and more!
 
 

 
Hey Jacksonville, show your love for our Bold City! 
With help from Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR)Riverside Avondale Preservation and  LISC Jacksonville, we commissioned this killer design from local designer Alex Songcuan to show our love for Jacksonville. Get yours today!
Proceeds benefit Downtown Vision as we work to create and support a vibrant Downtown and promote #DTJax as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest.
 
 

 
 

4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights
Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us at the 4th annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m. and enjoy the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.
  • General Admission: $125
  • Young Professionals (21-35): Individual: $75 | Couple: $125
  • VIP: $250, includes access to VIP Lounge and private bar.
4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights Sponsorship Opportunities
Support DTJax and gain valuable visibility for your organization when you sponsor Downtown Vision’s 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights.
 Download the Gala Sponsorship Kit today for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
Click here for the online sponsor payment option.
 
 

 
 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
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 Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th 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 City of Jacksonville Transportation Planning Division has released the inaugural issue of The Lace & Axle a quarterly newsletter summarizing the pedestrian and bike planning advancements of COJ in 2018.  The bulletin highlights initiatives like new flashing beacons for pedestrians and adding sidewalks for safer pedestrian movement, as well as outlines plans to build Jacksonville’s bike network by adding nearly 25 miles of new trails in and around the Downtown District:

New bike rack standards were also discussed, including the requirement for two places of support for bike frames, as well as a call to business owners to request permits to install bike racks on city right-of-ways.  The Main Library is currently sporting some green, leaf-shaped racks that look great and ensure bikes will stay straight and neatly stacked without sliding off.

The newsletter also plugged the All In Duval initiative, a safety education program for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and motorcyclists.  The website has a useful portal where people can brush up on safety tips regardless of their mode of transportation, in addition to the “Carpool Karaoke”-esque promo video.  Some great shots of bike enthusiasts, including Downtown Vision’s CEO, Jake Gordon, were included as an encouraging reminder that the bicycling community in Jacksonville is growing along with the proposed bike routes.

 

To read the 2018 Year In Review edition of Lace & Axle, click here.

 

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The #DTJax Breakfast Award for Downtowner of the Year honors individuals who have demonstrated inspirational leadership and contributed to advancing efforts in creating and supporting a vibrant Downtown.  In 2018, we recognized not one but two people as Downtowners of the Year for their joint work and dedication to bringing more people downtown to live: Ambassador John D. Rood and Steve Moore of Vestcor.

Residents are key to a successful downtown, both economically and culturally, which is why Downtown Vision has been so grateful for the work of Vestcor, the first developer to help provide quality housing in Downtown. Their first project, renovating The Carling and 11 East Forsyth which opened 2003 and 2005, was heavily supported by the City of Jacksonville and a great success: both properties are currently over 90% full, adding valued residents to our Downtown streets.

Now, Vestcor has invested in more housing with multiple workforce housing in LaVilla —  The Lofts at LaVilla and The Lofts at Monroe.  Fully occupied, beautiful new construction, with amenities like fitness centers, internet cafés, and community recreation areas, anyone would want to live there!

More Vestcor projects on the way including The Lofts at Jefferson Station – a mix of workforce and market rate housing, as well as a project nearby in Brooklyn.

Ambassador John Rood founded Vestcor in 1983 and focused on multifamily properties. Vestcor has built and currently manages fifty-seven communities, over 14,000 units, including many in Downtown Jacksonville.  Ambassador Rood served as Ambassador to the Bahamas from 2004-2007 and has been a strong civic leader of Jacksonville.

Steve Moore is the President of The Vestcor Companies, Inc.; he is responsible for the overall direction and performance of Vestcor, overseeing all operational and investment decisions in addition to the strategic planning and growth of the company.

Together, John and Steve have spent years adding housing options for residents of Downtown, which have quickly filled with new residents.  For their commitment to bringing vitality and vibrancy to the crucial residential housing market Downtown, investing in our future, and repeatedly contributing to the process of growing and improving DTJax, Downtown Vision is honored to bestow the title of Downtowners of the Year to these exceptional community leaders.

Congratulations, John and Steve, and thank you for helping to bring more residents into the Downtown community.

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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 @babeswhohustle

 

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

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 23
Thursday, January 24

Saturday, January 26

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 23
Thursday, January 24
Friday, January 25
Saturday, January 26

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

Tuesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 23
Thursday, January 24
Saturday, January 26
Sunday, January 27

 

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Get Involved

 

 

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted via the email address provided.
Friends of Hemming Park: Quarterly Community Meeting
 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for a Quarterly Meeting to hear a year-in-review and a look ahead at plans for the park and scheduled events for the upcoming year.
When: Thursday, January 31, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Friends of Hemming Park Office, Main Library (1st Floor), 303 N. Laura St.
Complete a short survey prior to the meeting for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Details.

 

 

City Council Meeting

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, January 22, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chamber, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.

 __________________________________________________________________

 

#DTJax News

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

515 N. Newman St.
Now Open!
45 W. Bay St.
Now Open!
345 E. Bay St.
Now Open!
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

Hey Jacksonville, show your love for our Bold City! 
With help from Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR)Riverside Avondale Preservation and  LISC Jacksonville, we commissioned this killer design from local designer, Alex Songcuan, to show our love for Jacksonville. Get yours today!
Proceeds benefit Downtown Vision, as we work to create and support a vibrant Downtown and promote #DTJax as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest.

 

4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights
Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us at the 4th annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m.
This year’s theme celebrates the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.
  • General Admission: $125
  • Young Professionals (21-35): Individual: $75 | Couple: $125
  • VIP: $250, includes access to VIP Lounge and private bar.

 

 

4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights Sponsorship Opportunities
Support DTJax and gain valuable visibility for your organization when you sponsor Downtown Vision’s 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights.
Download the Gala Sponsorship Kit today for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
Click here for the online sponsor payment option.

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 

 

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 Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th 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 Downtown Project of the Year Award recognizes a project that has significantly enhanced the economic revitalization of Downtown through the activation of underutilized resources, job creation, or leading design practices.  The 2018 winner was a project many years in the making, opening its doors to Downtown this past March, first with a café and then with college dormitories — 20West Florida State College at Jacksonville Housing and Café.

The key to success in any downtown is more “feet on the street” — more residents, especially.  In many downtowns, students are a huge part of the community’s success. The streets of Downtown Jacksonville didn’t always have them, but 20West is helping to pave the way for what Downtown Vision hopes is an emerging trend.  Students bring the vitality and energy that Downtown needs and taking the first step toward creating an urban residential option for them is a way to enhance the economy and bolster a vibrant, varied downtown culture.

20West FSCJ Housing and Café is housed in the six-story, historic Lerner building located across from The Carling on West Adams Street and was transformed from a vacant building to modern living and dining.  20West is actually a classroom, providing experiential opportunities for FSCJ students in the Culinary Arts Program.  Such a multifaceted project takes many individuals and organizations to successfully complete, and Downtown Vision decided to recognize the three most prominent contributors to bringing 20West to life: Florida State College at Jacksonville, developer Profit Investments and financial partner Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Jacksonville.

Kevin Hyde is the current President of Florida State College at Jacksonville.  A partner and employment lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, he is also a former President of the Jacksonville City Council.  As the incoming project sponsor continuing the efforts of his predecessor, Mr. Hyde spearheaded the campaign in order to create a final project that would enhance the FSCJ curriculum and student life, as well as bring a new demographic to downtown. “About two years ago, when the idea was started, it was to create both the café, which is part of our culinary program, provide our students with housing, and really try to help revitalize downtown because we know that having more residents downtown truly is the height of what we’re trying to do,” said Mr. Hyde, according to WJCT.

Eugene Profit founded Profit Investments in 1996 and has overall management responsibility for the firm and client portfolios. He attended Yale and played professional football with the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins.   As the owner of the building, he was an obvious essential partner, working to renovate the entire building for the purpose of ultimately leasing the space to Florida State College at Jacksonville.

LISC Jacksonville provided a key role, filling gaps in conventional financing to allow this project to achieve success. LISC’s mission is to transform challenged urban communities into neighborhoods of opportunity.

Thank you, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Profit Investments and LISC Jacksonville, for bringing 20West Housing and Café to life and for being invested in the future of Downtown Jacksonville.

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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 @kt.visuals

 

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

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, January 15
Wednesday, January 16
Thursday, January 17
Friday, January 18

Saturday, January 19

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, January 15
Wednesday, January 16
Thursday, January 17
Friday, January 18
Saturday, January 19

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

Wednesday, January 16
Thursday, January 17

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Get Involved

 

 

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted via the email address provided.
Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
 

Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
Friends of Hemming Park: Quarterly Community Meeting
 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for a Quarterly Meeting to hear a year-in-review and a look ahead at plans for the park and scheduled events for the upcoming year.
When: Thursday, January 31, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Friends of Hemming Park Office, Main Library (1st Floor), 303 N. Laura St.
Complete a short survey prior to the meeting for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Details.

 

 

City Council Meeting

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, January 22, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chamber, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.

 __________________________________________________________________

 

#DTJax News

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

515 N. Newman St.
Now Open!
Now Open!
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

DVI Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
Thank you to everyone who came out to this morning’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting!
Appreciated hearing from City Council President Aaron Bowman and today’s panel: Dawn Lockhart from the City of Jacksonville, Dawn Gilman from Changing Homelessness, Cindy Funkhouser from Sulzbacher, Penny Kievet from City Rescue Mission and Major Bert Tanner from the The Salvation Army.
Grateful we have so many leaders working together to address homelessness in our city.
Welcome to our new Board Members!
 
We are very excited to welcome three new Board members to Downtown Vision’s Board of Directors: Zach Ashourian with Ash Properties, Ryan McIntyre with VyStar Credit Union and Dawn Southworth with Omni Jacksonville.
Read about them here. Thanks to the
Hey Jacksonville, show your love for our Bold City! 
With help from Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR)Riverside Avondale Preservation and  LISC Jacksonville, we commissioned this killer design from local designer, Alex Songcuan, to show our love for Jacksonville. Get yours today!
Proceeds benefit Downtown Vision, as we work to create and support a vibrant Downtown and promote #DTJax as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest.
4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights
Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us at the 4th annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m.
This year’s theme celebrates the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.
General Admission: $125
Young Professionals (21-35): Individual: $75 | Couple: $125
VIP: $250, includes access to VIP Lounge and private bar.
4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights Sponsorship Opportunities
Support DTJax and gain valuable visibility for your organization when you sponsor Downtown Vision’s 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights.
Download the Gala Sponsorship Kit today for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
Click here for the online sponsor payment option.
2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
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 Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th 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.