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AN EPIC STEP FORWARD

In January 2013, Historic Eastside/Springfield and Northwest Jacksonville became Jacksonville's First EPIC Neighborhoods. Resident stakeholders are embracing LISC's nationally acclaimed model of redevelopment to create signifcant, lasting change.

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LISC Jacksonville Featured on First Coast News

Railroad District

First Coast News featured LISC Jacksonville in a story last evening about the revitalization of the Rail Yard District. Please follow the link below to veiw the story.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/rail-yard-district-transforming-northwest-jacksonville/436970934

LISC Jacksonville Supports Emerging Business District Revitalization Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksonville possesses a neighborhood hidden in plain view that contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in local economic impact. Bolstered by an influx of new businesses reimagining industrial buildings, the area once known as Honeymoon Yard has the potential to become a regional destination. With the support of LISC Jacksonville, area business owners are formally organizing in an effort to capitalize on the area's assets, strategically market the area and improve infrastructure that has gone neglected for decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Bookman, one of the consultants hired by LISC Jacksonville to conduct a market analysis of the neighborhood states: " the area is a strong economic engine, not just for Northwest Jacksonville, but for all of Jacksonville. With this kind of existing baseline to build upon, the area's future could rapidly improve with the help of an organized business association that could advocate for infrastructure improvements, develop branding opportunities and collaborate on joint marketing initiatives." 

Read the complete article in Metro Jacksonville
 

 

AmeriCorps Members Participate National Meeting

In March, LISC AmeriCorps members from Jacksonville joined other teams from around the country in San Diego to expand their knowledge and share experiences in community service. Workshops focused on skill building; conflict resolution; cultural competency and leadership through team-building. In addition, all members participated in a poverty simulation exercise and joined their San Diego colleagues in assisting with a local community revitalization project.

LISC AmeirCorps members are an intrinsic part of LSIC's "Building Sustainable Communities" strategy. The mission of the LISC AmeriCorps program is to transform challenged neighborhoods into healty communtieis by placing AmeirCorps members with nonprofit partners. LISC's AmeriCorps program plays a pivogal role in helping citiznes relize their vision for an economically stable neighborhood comprised of resdients with living-wage jons, who have access to affordable housing and do business ina thriving commerical district.

In 2016, LISc Jacksonville revived its LISC AmeriCorpps Program. Currently, ten AmeriCorps members are serving in six community development nonprofit organizations in Jacksonville.

Bank of America Recognizes LISC Jacksonville as the 2016 Neighborhood Builder

On November 16, Bank of America announced Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) Jacksonville as the 2016 Neighborhood Builders Award recipient for Northeast Florida. LISC is being recognized for its work in transforming challenged urban neighborhoods into communities of opportunity--good places to live, work, do business and raise a family.

Through the Neighborhood Builders program, Bank of America provides LISC with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the United States, and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand its impact in the Jacksonville community.    

With its Neighborhood Builders grant, LISC plans to open the first Financial Opportunity Center in Florida in New Town, a historically disadvantaged neighborhood. The objective of the Financial Opportunity Center is to help residents achieve the core principals of financial sustainability — living wage jobs that can lead to home ownership. Financial Opportunity Centers are the ideal resource for neighborhood and community building. 

LISC Jacksonville Announces Community Development Award Winners

On November 17 LISC Jacksonville recognized individuals, organizations and government leaders who have made significant contributions to comprehensive development in Jacksonville's urban core neighborhoods. Award recipients received a piece of artwork by Jacksonville artist Marsha Hatcher, designed and created for the event. Awards were presented as follows:

Delores Barr Weaver received the Igniter Award for serving as a catalyst for urban neighborhood revitalization. Mrs.Weaver pioneered the renewal of a Northwest Riverside neighborhood through the condominium-conversionof John Gorrie Junior High School.

 

 

 

First Coast YMCA received the Building Block Award for advancing the city's urban core through a major urban development project. The organization contributed to the redevelopment of Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood by building the new Winston Family YMCA.

 

 

 

Edward Waters College received the EPIC Award for enhancing community and incorporating two or more of the five pillars of LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities
model. The college provided leadership and resources for the revitalization of the New Town neighborhood and Kings Road commercial corridor.

 

 

Black Sheep Restaurant Group received the Champion of Main Street Award for providing advocacy and leadership in strengthening Jacksonville’s urban core communities, focusing on reviving commercial activity. The group served as a major catalyst in the renewal of Five Points.

 

 

 

Mayor Lenny Curry, Councilman Garrett Dennis and the Eureka Gardens Tenants Association received the Power of Community Award for bringing together diverse voices to improve the community. They transformed the living conditions for more than 800 residents in Eureka Gardens, one of the city’s most challenged urban housing developments.
 

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