For more than 15 years, Downtown Vision has had the privilege of serving #DTJax by creating and supporting a vibrant Downtown Jacksonville and by promoting Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. DVI is closely aligned with the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority in a public-private partnership and we focus on four strategic pillars:

  • Clean and Safe/Ambassador Services: In the last fiscal year, our Downtown Clean & Safe Ambassadors logged 22,000 hours to make #DTJax clean and Downtown a better place.
  • Marketing: The #DTJax hashtag reach exceeded 24 million people reinforcing Downtown as the City’s unique epicenter for business, history, culture and entertainment.
  • Information Management: We crunched the numbers to provide statistics and trends on Downtown development, employment, residential, retail, parking and more.
  • Experience Creation: Our produced events drew more than 200,000 people to #DTJax creating lively streets and supporting our small businesses.

Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments, special projects and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016. Click here to download the PDF.

 

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Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? DVI is aligned closely with the vision, mission and priorities of the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), and as part of this public-private partnership, DVI focuses on four strategic pillars:

  • Clean and Safe/Ambassador Services: In the latest fiscal year, our team of 11 hardworking Ambassadors provided more than 18,000 hospitality assists and removed more than 27 tons of litter.
  • Marketing: We were honored to be recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal’s for Best Use of Social Media and the International Downtown Association for the #DTJax Twitter Promoter Campaign.
  • Information Management: We crunched the numbers to provide statistics and trends on Downtown development, employment, residential, retail, parking and more.
  • Experience Creation: We brought more than 125,000 people Downtown to the First Wednesday Art Walk and coordinated efforts for The Elbow, Downtown’s Entertainment District.

Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015. Click here to download the PDF.

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Ambassador Michael and artist Jami Childers

Ambassador Michael and artist Jami Childers

Downtown’s latest murals give new meaning to the phrase “from trash to treasure.”

Two paintings, approximately two feet wide and eight feet high, now cover the gaps between The Magnificat Cafe and its two adjacent buildings near the corner of Laura and Monroe streets. These gaps used to be a common spot for litter, now no longer accessible thanks to the artwork.

“It’ll brighten up that corner a little bit,” said artist Jami Childers, who painted the murals. “It’s a good remedy for an ugly problem.”

The idea for the murals began last fall when Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Rey Coll approached Downtown Ambassador Michael Ryan about the gap on Monroe Street. Officer Coll asked Ambassador Mike if there was anything he could do about cleaning out the litter and possibly blocking the gap with a plant or other material.

While Officer Coll and Ambassador Mike were discussing clean-up options at the site, Childers, who owns 44 Monroe Art Studio & Gallery adjacent to the gap, popped out to see what they were up to. They explained the issue, and then the idea came to Ambassador Michael: Childers could paint a mural to install over the gap.

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Ready to give directions, answer questions, provide assistance, or walk you to your destination, the Downtown Ambassadors are Jacksonville’s Downtown cleanliness, safety and hospitality team. The Ambassadors are an extra set of eyes and ears on the street and work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the city to improve Downtown Jacksonville. Hard at work, here’s just a snapshot of what the team accomplished in October 2014.

We recently had a conversation with Downtown Ambassador Michael, an Ambassador for more than six years, about improvements in safety he’s witnessed Downtown over the years.  Read more here.

October 2014 Ambassador Snapshot

Ambassador Michael

Downtown Ambassador Michael

DVI recently had a conversation with Downtown Ambassador Michael, an Ambassador for more than six years, about improvements in safety he’s witnessed Downtown over the years.

 

What changes have you seen over the years that have led to increased safety within the urban core?
We’re fortunate to have a close working relationship with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO). There are a number of officers who regularly patrol the streets, and we work together to deter crime and assist citizens.

What tools have you seen being implemented Downtown that assist with safety?
Adding patrol officers and Ambassadors on bikes has been a tremendous asset. It not only increases our visibility, but it also allows us to move between locations more efficiently and respond to incidents quicker.

What are some of the success stories you’ve seen in crime prevention Downtown during your tenure as an Ambassador?
I’ve seen everything from robberies to purse snatchings. But in every case, local citizens got involved and reacted quickly by notifying an Ambassador or officer. I’ve actually followed suspects while on the phone with JSO thanks to the quick action of local citizens who made a mental note of what the suspect was wearing, what direction they were heading and other descriptions that helped us track them down.

by: Katherine Hardwick in Downtown Ambassadors No Comments  

Ready to give directions, answer questions, provide assistance, or walk you to your destination, the Downtown Ambassadors are Jacksonville’s Downtown cleanliness, safety and hospitality team. The Ambassadors are an extra set of eyes and ears on the street and work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the city to improve Downtown Jacksonville. Hard at work, here’s just a snapshot of what the team accomplished in August 2014.

Ambassador Snapshot_August 2014

 

by: Katherine Hardwick in Downtown Ambassadors, Uncategorized 1 Comment  

Ready to give directions, answer questions, provide assistance, or walk you to your destination, the Downtown Ambassadors are Jacksonville’s Downtown cleanliness, safety and hospitality team. The Ambassadors are an extra set of eyes and ears on the street and work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the city to improve Downtown Jacksonville. Hard at work, here’s just a snapshot of what the team accomplished in July 2014.

Ambassador Snapshot_July 2014