October 14 - 16, 2020
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa

SAVE THE DATE for Florida’s only statewide redevelopment event with over 300 of your colleagues as we explore the 2020 Redevelopment Works Conference!

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.

Keynote Speakers

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) Hall of Fame speaker and an internationally recognized authority in the areas of inclusion, diversity and bias. She has been included as one of the 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US.

For more information about Lenora, click here.

Rebecca Ryan, APF

Rebecca is a futurist, author, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting and has held residencies at the Alliance for Innovation, the Governing Institute, and the Association of Government Risk Pools. She is the board chairperson and faculty member at the Institute for Zen Leadership. She is the author of The Next Big Things: The Future of Local Government (2015), ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013), and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). Her TEDx talk, Spring is Coming, was featured at the prestigious TEDxBeaconStreet in 2015.

For more information about Rebecca, click here.

We do not anticipate increasing either the registration fees ($395 for members) or tour fees ($50 per), and we plan on having at least two tours of the Jacksonville CRAs at the 2020 conference.

Room Rates and Costs

The nightly room rate under the FRA block is $179 plus tax if applicable, and a $20 resort fee per night.

Included is enhanced guest room internet access, fitness center access, shuttle service on property, and recreational rentals. Additionally, onsite self-parking is $5.00 per day and valet is $25 per day. The cutoff date for reservations is September 21, 2020 and the hotel block (FLORIDA REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION) rate is available from October 11 -16, 2020.

If you call the reservations number, the room block rate is available, but the room block rate does not show online as available yet. All major credit cards are accepted. Tax exempt status will be accepted if the payment is made by the government/agency’s credit card or check only. Reservations may be made by calling 904-285-7777.

Learn more about the resort

Jacksonville CRAs  https://www.coj.net/departments/office-of-economic-development/community-redevelopment-agency-(cra).aspx

Downtown Investment Authority  https://www.coj.net/departments/downtown-investment-authority

Jacksonville Beach CRA  https://www.jacksonvillebeach.org/government/departments/planning-development-department/community-redevelopment-agency

City of Jacksonville Nickname https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-city-of-Jacksonvilles-nickname-and-why-was-it-given-this-name

Jacksonville Trivia  https://www.movoto.com/guide/jacksonville-fl/jacksonville-facts/

Jacksonville History  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonville,_Florida

Atlantic Beach https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Beach,_Florida and  https://coab.us/

Baldwin  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin,_Florida and https://baldwinfl.govoffice2.com/

Neptune Beach  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_Beach,_Florida and  https://www.ci.neptune-beach.fl.us/

Duval County  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duval_County,_Florida

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens jacksonvillezoo.org

Downtown Vision, Inc. (Downtown Improvement District)  http://www.downtownjacksonville.org/Downtown_Vision_Inc_Home.aspx and http://www.downtownjacksonville.org/locations/l-152-st-johns-river-taxi.aspx

Top 10 Things to Do Near Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionsNear-g34573-d1218027-Sawgrass_Marriott_Golf_Resort_Spa-Ponte_Vedra_Beach_Florida.html

202 Things to Do Near Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa https://www.skyscanner.com/trip/ponte-vedra-beach-fl/hotels/sawgrass-marriott-golf-resort-spa/nearby-things-to-do

GOLF! https://www.golfadvisor.com/course-directory/1229-ponte-vedra-beach/

10 Biggest Projects Underway in 2019 https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2019/10/04/downtowns-10-biggest-projects-underway-in-2019.html

Visit Jacksonville Events https://www.visitjacksonville.com/events/