Other Downtown Jacksonville Organizations

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Downtown Vision, Inc. is not the only organization in Jacksonville working to revitalize the urban core. From governmental bodies to business associations to professional organizations and more, our Downtown is lucky to have such strong partnerships working together to achieve greater vibrancy of our urban core.


(in alphabetical order)

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance and expression of art and culture. It leads individuals and families, artists and organizations, businesses and government to unique collaborations that establish art and culture as a key driver of Jacksonville’s economy, growth and quality of life. Three primary initiatives: The Spark District, Advocacy Action Center and Art in Public Places. Website: culturalcouncil.org Email: tony@culturalcouncil.org

Downtown Council

An affiliation of the JAX Chamber, the Downtown Council consists of Downtown Jacksonville Chamber members and advocates. The group meets at the University Club the first and third Fridays of every month at 7:30 a.m. Website: downtowncouncil.org. Contact: jaxdowntowncouncil@gmail.com

Downtown Investment Authority (DIA)

Approved by City Council fall 2012, this governmental body was created to revitalize Jacksonville’s urban core by using resources of the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) to spur economic development. Website: dia.coj.net Contact: Aundra Wallace at awallace@coj.net

Downtown Rotaract Jax

A young professionals group sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, this club participates in service projects ranging from clean-ups to walks and runs to fundraiser socials and more. Downtown Rotaract Jax meets every second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m. at CoWork Jax. Website: rotaractjax.org Contact: president@rotaractjax.org

Friends of Hemming Park

Originally designated as a public square, the 1.5-acre parcel that now comprises Hemming Park is Jacksonville’s first and oldest park. Founded in 2013, Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to help revitalize Hemming Park. It was selected by the City of Jacksonville to take over the management of Hemming Park. The organization is dedicated to programming Hemming Park year round to make it clean, safe and attractive as a gathering place and central location for family-friendly activities. Website: hemmingpark.org Twitter: @hemmingpark Facebook: facebook.com/hemmingpark

Jacksonville Bar Association

Organized in February, 1897 with 33 members, the Jacksonville Bar Association’s mission is to encourage collegiality and serve our members in the practice of law, aid in the administration of justice, and foster respect for the law and the legal profession. The Jacksonville Bar Association serves as the forum for our profession – willing to take action and try innovative ways to better serve our membership and the public. Association membership is open to all Lawyers, inspiring members to participate regularly in Bar activities. Activities are designed to promote the highest levels of professionalism and ethics, unselfish service to the community, positive relations between the bench and the bar, and camaraderie among the members, so that we all live up to the highest ideals of the profession at work and in the community. Website: jaxbar.org Contact: jba@jaxbar.org

Jacksonville Civic Council

The council’s mission is to create a clear vision for the City of Jacksonville along with concrete strategies and tactics for achieving this vision. Website: jaxciviccouncil.com Contact: jeanne@jaxciviccouncil.com

Jacksonville Historical Society

The Jacksonville Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the history of Northeast Florida and educating citizens about culture, architecture and history of the area. It produces books, television programs, oral histories and numerous public presentations to achieve these goals. Website: jaxhistory.com Email: info@jaxhistory.com

JAX Chamber

JAX Chamber has a Downtown Committee that acts as an advocate for Downtown stakeholders and promotes the copious victories of our vibrant Downtown. Website: www.myjaxchamber.com


NAIOP is the international trade association of developers, owners and professionals of commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate. Members promote responsible, sustainable development that creates jobs. NAIOP supports diversity within the industry, provides education, and advocates for legislation that benefits the communities where we work and live. NAIOP has been a strong advocate of Downtown’s revitalization. Website: naiop.org Email: info@selectleaders.com

The Rotary Club of Jacksonville

Rotary is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or political preference. Website: jaxrotary.org

Transform Jax

Transform Jax is a non-partisan, charitable and educational organization created for the purposes of fostering dialogue between concerned citizens and elected and appointed officials and advocating for smart and attainable solutions to enhance the urban core and its surrounding neighborhoods. Website: transformjax.org

U.S. Green Building Council North Florida

The local chapter of the USGBC advocates for green, sustainability initiatives Downtown, including but not limited to workshops, fundraisers and events. Website: usgbcnf.org Contact: info@usgbcnf.org

Visit Jacksonville

Visit Jacksonville

Visit Jacksonville’s mission is to create and globally market, sell and promote an exceptional visitor experience resulting in greater community prosperity, pride and vitality. Visit Jacksonville is an important partner in promoting Downtown as a place to visit for those outside of the area. Website: visitjacksonville.com Contact: 800-733-2668 or 904-798-9111

ULI North Florida

The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines. Website: northflorida.uli.org Contact: carolyn.clark@uli.org

Get Your Group Listed

Are you a member of – or know of – a Downtown organization not listed above? Send us the group’s details at contact@downtownjacksonville.org. Please include the group name, a brief description, a link to the group website (if applicable) and contact information.