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Read or download the
2019-2020 Report.
Read or download the
2019-2020 Appendix.

State of Downtown Report

Each year, Downtown Vision tracks and analyzes Downtown’s performance in key indicators of urban revitalization, such as development, employment and residential.

2019-2020 Report Highlights include:

  • The past 18 months has seen a surge in public-private investment. Dollars invested in completed development projects increased 152% from $210 million in the 2018-2019 Report to $530 million in the 2019-2020 Report.
  • More people are choosing to live Downtown for the atmosphere, entertainment options and its walkability. Since the 2018-2019 Report, the number of residents living Downtown has increased 18% to more than 6,100 and the number of multifamily residential units in Downtown has increased 20% to more than 3,800.
  • Companies are investing in Downtown for their headquarters.Vacancy is at its lowest in more than a decade at 14.2% as of the first quarter of 2020, and currently, JEA and FIS are building a combined 462,000 square of office space for their new headquarters.
  • Downtown is in the midst of a multi-modal transportation renaissance with a $50-million regional transportation center opened this spring and a $350 million innovation corridor is in the works.
  • In 2019, Downtown saw more than 20 million visits. Cultural gems The Florida Theatre and MOSH are embarking on multimillion dollar renovations to create even better Downtown experiences.

Downtown Investment Authority Reports

The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) was created to revitalize Jacksonville’s urban core by utilizing Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) resources to spur economic development. Projects are guided by a nine-member board of directors who conduct open-to-the-public business on an unpaid, volunteer basis. Of the nine, five are appointed by the mayor, four by the council president. All nine are confirmed by the Jacksonville City Council.

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Downtown Master Plan

Jacksonville’s Downtown Master Plan, “Celebrating the River: A Plan for Downtown Jacksonville,” was approved in 2000 by Jacksonville City Council. The plan designates ten districts within the boundaries of Downtown, and outlines urban design and streetscape guidelines. 

Downtown Vision Annual Reports

Have you ever wondered, “What does Downtown Vision do?” From the Ambassador program, to marketing #DTJax, to the Lively And Beautiful Sidewalks (LABS) Initiative, and more, we stay busy! Check out our 20-year anniversary Annual Report and learn about the programs that make our organization special.

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