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The following is a Downtown Vision, Inc. guest blog post as part of our sponsor series. To learn how you can become a DVI sponsor and tell your Downtown story, visit our sponsorship webpage.

 

All photos by Dan Van Slyke

All photos by Dan Van Slyke

Tell us about EverBank. What are your goals? Where have you been and where are you headed?

EverBank truly is a great Jacksonville success story. Our company traces its roots back to the 1960s in this city, and we believe today we’re creating a new type of financial services company – one with a unique business model designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of individual and business clients across the country. And we’re doing this in a city that has a very long and rich history in financial services and a very bright future. Our success has been – and continues to be – fueled by organic growth and strategic acquisitions. We have clients and offices around the country, with a large concentration in the nation’s top metro markets. EverBank is poised for great things in the years ahead. And we’re going to continue to do great things here in Downtown Jacksonville.

Why does the success of Downtown matter to your company?

We strongly believe that a vibrant, vital Downtown is absolutely essential to the success of any city, and we hope that our presence in the Downtown core and Brooklyn is seen by other businesses as a big vote of confidence in Jacksonville and that other companies will follow us.
 
Why did you want that Downtown address on your business card?

We believe being located Downtown has been a competitive advantage for us. We’ve enjoyed a highly pro-business climate, and the location is perfect for our needs. Our associates tell us they love being Downtown. They enjoy being able to walk from our building to nearby shops and restaurants – something they couldn’t do in our suburban location. They also enjoy being close to the river and cultural attractions Downtown. We hope that our being Downtown will be a catalyst for more retail and dining.

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The following is a Downtown Vision, Inc. guest blog post as part of our sponsor series. To learn how you can become a DVI sponsor and tell your Downtown story, visit our sponsorship webpage.

 

By Tori Kaplan, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSX

Whether it’s grabbing a sandwich from a food truck in Hemming Park, volunteering at Hubbard House, or running along the Riverwalk in a “How Tomorrow Moves” T-shirt, it’s more than likely you’ve seen, know or even are a CSX employee.

CSX’s roots in Jacksonville date back to the construction of the earliest 19th century railroads in Florida. In 1960, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad relocated its headquarters to Downtown Jacksonville in the same building that serves as the headquarters for CSX today – now updated as a contemporary office campus. We’re a railroad operating in the eastern half of the nation and Canada, and our rail cars carry food, apparel, metals, paper, building supplies, automobiles, and many other goods and commodities.

Today, the approximately 2,000 CSX employees who work at our Downtown campus walk from the CSX offices to view the latest performance at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, try out great restaurants, visit the library, or venture over to Everbank Field to cheer on our Jacksonville Jaguars!

 Caption: A conference room in the newly renovated 550 Water Street building uses windows to capture natural sunlight and minimize the need for additional lighting. The facility was designed with the help of Jacksonville’s Gresham, Smith and Partners.

A conference room in the newly renovated 550 Water Street building uses windows to capture natural sunlight and minimize the need for additional lighting. The facility was designed with the help of Jacksonville’s Gresham, Smith and Partners.

Since we first moved to Jacksonville, we’ve increased our commitment to Downtown Jacksonville through purchasing the 550 Water Street building and investing in upgrades to make both the 500 and 550 buildings Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified.