#DTJax Weekly Update: January 9 – January 15, 2018

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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Things To Do Downtown


Arts & Culture


Family Fun 
Live Music + Nightlife


Sports, Health + Fitness


Get Involved


Volunteer Opportunities: 

First Wednesday Art Walk
Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support all of your favorite local artists, performers, food trucks and businesses! Sign up here.


#DTJax Surveys
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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 Avenue, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you.
Respondents will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of their choice. A winner will be selected in early 2018 and contacted via the email provided.
Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts about #DTJax!

Public Meetings
Downtown Dwellers Meeting: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 6:30-8:00p.m. | MOSH
Meet and hear from the two new Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department Zone Commanders for our area. To provide the best possible format for covering issues of  concern please email your questions and suggestions to Admission and refreshments are free. Cash bar.
Hemming Park Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | Friends of Hemming Park: 303 N. Laura Street, Suite G5 Topics to be discussed at this meeting:
  • Security Stats
  • Clean & Safe Ambassador Program Stats
  • Social Services Stats
  • Upcoming Events & Programs
  • Long-term vision for the Park
Volunteer with Changing Homelessness
Changing Homelessness is looking for volunteers to participate in their annual Point in Time Count on January 24. The Point in Time Count is a national census and survey of the homeless population. This count helps dozens of organizations gain a better understanding of the issue of homelessness and the ability to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Find out more and sign up to volunteer. 



#DTJax News




New businesses in #DTJax:

Coming soon:

  • FSCJ’s 20West Cafe: 20 W. Adams St.

Now Open:

  • Gate Petroleum Station: 450 Park St.
  • Yobe Frozen Yogurt:  450 Park St.



Stories From




DVI Updates:


Stakeholder Meeting Update
Thank you to City Council Member Lori Boyer, Amy Ingles with Bike & Pedestrian Planning for the City of Jacksonville, Dawn Gilman with Changing Homelessness and Lt. Jimmy Ricks, who all spoke at our Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting this morning! Mark your calendar for next quarter’s meeting: April 10 @ 8:30 a.m.
Warm Welcome to Cynthia Ray, our new Social Services Outreach Specialist
The focus of the Outreach Specialist is to connect with individuals who are in need of social services who reside in the Business Improvement District boundaries and to gather more data to help remove “barriers to entry” for those who are on the streets. Cynthia has a degree in Business Administration and Marketing with a Master’s in clinical psychology and is a licensed counselor in the state of Florida. She has worked in both corporate America in sales and marketing as well as social services as a case manager and a therapist. We are very excited to have her on our team!


2016-2017 Annual Report

Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 9.20.20 AMHave 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 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.


2016-2017 State of Downtown Report:


It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. Since the beginning of 2016, Downtown has seen more than $80 million in completed development projects, such as the Winston Family YMCA and Daily’s Place Amphitheater. More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or proposed. Read about currently development, employment and residential trends in this 18-month look at the progress in Downtown Jacksonville from January 2016-June 2017. Read or download the PDF here.