JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville's Mayor Alvin Brown is taking new steps in bringing new jobs and attractions to Downtown Jacksonville.
Mayor Brown's administration, along with the City Council, has now created the Downtown Investment Authority. According to Mayor Brown the Authority is a move to help refocus the city's economic development efforts to grow good-paying jobs, create new attractions and make Jacksonville the most competitive, unique and vibrant city it has ever been.
"Through this inclusive approach, we will transform our Downtown into the heart of Northeast Florida. As businesses, consumers and public servants join together in this common effort, we will succeed. Make no mistake about it - unlocking the full potential of Downtown Jacksonville must be a common cause. If our city has indeed reached that point - of committing to truly unlocking Downtown's potential - let us join hands, roll up our sleeves, and pursue this goal with vigor, vision and a shared, steadfast resolve." said Mayor Brown.
According to the Mayor's office, a vibrant Downtown will boost Jacksonville's property values, increasing owners' equity while simultaneously helping to naturally ease the city's fiscal challenges. It says attracting new businesses, both large and small, and encouraging the expansion of existing enterprises is a great way to get more local citizens into good-paying, steady careers.