Investment dollars are flowing downtown at unprecedented levels to the Jacksonville area, with more than $1 billion in projects under construction and $3 billion in projects proposed. Projects span asset classes, including offices, apartments, hotels and retail, and type, including historic preservation, redevelopment, demolition and new construction. Adaptive reuse of downtown buildings is becoming more common, and projects such as Elena Flats, Everbank, and the Ambassador Hotel and Independent Life Building have created an exciting backdrop for our conference.
We will be featuring conference tours of these exciting areas of redevelopment, as well as plenty of sessions for the small cities and counties also.
Check out our links under “Explore the Area” for more information about the rich history and growth of Jacksonville. There is more coastline than any other city in the U.S. in Jacksonville – much of it freshwater and enclosed waterways. It is ranked one of the top art destinations in the country, with the monthly Art Walk, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Cummer Art and Gardens. The annual Jazz Festival is world-renowned. Jacksonville is also home to the largest urban park system in the nation, with 10 state and national parks, including the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Timucuan Preserve, the Mandarin Museum, Catty Shack Ranch and Big Talbot Island State Park. The Jax Ale Trail features eight breweries, several craft beer bars and the Jax Brew Bus tour. Don’t forget WasabiCon and the Jaxtoberfest Beer Festival in October, exact dates to be determined.