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The Downtown Council

The Downtown Council

By Downtown Council of Jacksonville
The Downtown Council of Jacksonville is a 501c6 membership organization and branch of the regional JAX Chamber. We represent Jacksonville’s downtown business community, which includes major corporations, growing businesses and start-ups. Our goal is to connect these businesses so that Downtown Jacksonville will thrive and prosper.

We are the Chamber’s largest and fastest-growing council. Oh, and we’re pretty friendly, too.
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06 – 904WARD CEO Dr. Kimberly Allen
Dr. Kimberly Allen talks the effects of racism in our city and what 904WARD is doing to build and embrace an inclusive community. Learn more about the 904WARD and the Downtown Council of the JAX Chamber at www.downtowncouncil.org.
24:44
June 25, 2021
05 – Mari Kuraishi and Mark Walker of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund Discuss Downtown Jacksonville
Creating inclusive communities will help creativity and entrepreneurship thrive in Downtown Jacksonville. Learn more about the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Downtown Council of the JAX Chamber at www.downtowncouncil.org.
45:21
June 15, 2021
04 - JWB Real Estate Capital President Alex Sifakis
You may be surprised just how much in-progress development there is in Downtown Jacksonville. Learn more about the JWB Real Estate Capital and the Downtown Council of the JAX Chamber at www.downtowncouncil.org.
56:28
May 27, 2021
03 - Cummer Museum CEO & Director Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee
There is a new leader and a new vision for Jacksonville's riverfront gem. Learn more about the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the Downtown Council of the JAX Chamber at www.downtowncouncil.org.
16:20
May 13, 2021
02 – Reopening arts and entertainment amid COVID-19 disruptions with Numa Saisselin
Numa Saisselin, president of Florida Theatre joins the Downtown Council to discuss reopening arts and entertainment amid COVID-19 disruptions, renovations happening at Florida Theatre and an update on its capital plan.  Episode Notes The renovations include new seats, expanding the lobby on the second floor, updated bathrooms and an new sound and stage lighting equipment. Improving wheelchair access is also very important for the Theatre, so that they are in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Saisselin talks the importance arts and entertainment in our community. Florida Theatre was also a top five attended theatre in the U.S. under 2,000 seats, and was performing more than 150 shows per year before COVID-19 started.  Want to attend a meeting? Visit downtowncouncil.org to sign up for an upcoming event.
22:22
March 19, 2021
01 – Eradicating poverty in Jacksonville through LIFT JAX with Darnell Smith
Darnell Smith, market president for Florida Blue – North Florida Region and board member for LIFT JAX, joins the Downtown Council to discuss the initiative and strategy that business and community leaders are using to eliminate poverty in and around Downtown Jacksonville. Episode Notes Extensive study and analysis points to Jacksonville’s Eastside neighborhood, which was once home to several prominent African American leaders, including Mary Magdalene White, James Weldon Johnson, A. Phillip Randolph and Bob Hayes. Smith serves on the executive committee and presents how the people and businesses of the Downtown Council can best partner with LIFT JAX to help eradicate poverty throughout Jacksonville. To attend a meeting, visit downtowncouncil.org to sign up.
24:51
March 19, 2021
Trailer – The Downtown Council
The Downtown Council is in session. We represent Jacksonville’s downtown business community, which includes major corporations, growing businesses and start-ups. We are the Chamber’s largest and fastest-growing council and our goal is to connect businesses so that Downtown Jacksonville, will thrive and prosper. Join us on the first and third Friday of every month to stay informed of business and civic issues that impact your bottom line. Visit downtowncouncil.org to sign up.
00:46
February 19, 2021