At the 2017 #DTJax River of Dreams Gala, we took the opportunity to present #DTJax Awards to the individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact on Downtown Jacksonville. 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/or urban living in Northeast Florida.
The 2017 Downtown Achievement Award was presented to Council President Lori Boyer for her persistent work to improve Downtown — especially the Southbank — as a member of Jacksonville’s City Council. As a member of City Council, she has served on every standing committee and spent two years as the chair of the Land Use and Zoning Committee. In 2013, Councilwoman Boyer received the Charles Webb Award for Outstanding Service to the Council, and recently chaired the Special Committee on the Capital Improvement Program which has conducted an in depth review of capital accounts and borrowing practices.
After an impressive career as a lawyer and then President of real estate and management companies, Boyer was elected to City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, when the District was expanded to include Downtown’s Southbank. After being active in the San Marco Preservation Society since 1987, she has expanded her focus through her work in City Council to growing Downtown’s Southbank into a livable urban neighborhood.
Council President Boyer also champions Jacksonville’s river and tributaries, recently creating the Waterway/Waterfront Activation Initiative to bring together City departments, businesses and nonprofit organizations to make the endless possibilities the St. Johns River offers a reality. Her devotion and commitment to capitalize on the unique natural resources our city offers are an integral part of making Downtown Jacksonville the vibrant cultural center that it has the potential to be.
Learn more about the Waterway/Waterfront Activation Initiative here.