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LISC Jacksonville is seeking nominations for the first LISC Jacksonville Community Development Awards presented with underwriting support from JPMorgan Chase, The City of Jacksonville and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The event recognizes individuals, nonprofit organizations, for-profit developers and companies, and government departments or agencies who have made significant contributions to comprehensive community development in Jacksonville's urban neighborhoods through their leadership, innovation, and collaboration.

Awards will be made in five categories (listed below). Nominations are due no later than October 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Click Here to submit your nomination. Selections will be made by an independent panel of community representatives. Winners will be notified by October 25.

Awardees will be recognized at the:

LISC Jacksonville Community Development Awards Breakfast:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Jessie Ball duPont Center

40 East Adams Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Award Categories:

1. Igniter Award – Recognizes an individual or group who has served as the catalyst for urban neighborhood revitalization.

2. Building Block Award – Recognizes a real estate project that advances an urban core community.

3. Power of Community Award (Collective Impact) – Recognizes individuals, for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, and /or government agencies that have provided collaboration and leadership in bringing together diverse voices to improve the community through targeted programs, initiatives or physical development.

4. Champion of Main Street Award – Recognizes an outstanding individual or organization that has provided advocacy, leadership and innovation in helping to strengthen Jacksonville’s urban core communities, with a focus on reviving commercial activity and restoring business and commerce to urban core neighborhoods.

5. EPIC Award – Recognizes an organization, individual or project that enhances the community and incorporates two or more of the five pillars of Building Sustainable Communities: (Expand investments in housing and other real estate • Increase family income and wealth • Stimulate new economic development • Improve access to quality education • Support healthy environments and lifestyles).




The LISC Jacksonville Community Development Awards recognize individuals, for-profit and nonprofit organizations and governmental leaders or agencies who have made significant contributions to comprehensive community development in Jacksonville's urban core neighborhoods. The awards are made possible through underwriting support from JPMorgan Chase, The City of Jacksonville, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and PRI Productions.

Awards will be presented at the:

LISC Jacksonville Community Development Awards Breakfast

DATE:              Thursday, November 17, 2016

TIME:               7:30 a.m. (doors open at 7:00 a.m.)

LOCATION:    Jessie Ball duPont Center (40 E. Adams)

COST:              $250 (table of 10); $25 (individual)

Please click here to make your reservation.

We look forward to your joining us on November 17 as we celebrate those who are working diligently to build vibrant, sustainable, urban communities in Jacksonville.





LISC Selects New President

On June 16,the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced the selection of our new president and CEO, Maurice Jones.

Jones is highly experienced in addressing the challenges of community development. He brings to the leadership role a career’s worth of business, management and policy experience and an enduring personal commitment to improving communities and the lives of low-income Americans.

Currently, Jones serves as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade. His term as LISC's new CEO will begin on September 6th, when his predecessor, Michael Rubinger, steps down after 17 years.

Click here to read press release.

Groundwork Jacksonville Announces Eastside Public Market

In the planning stages for more than a year, Groundwork Jacksonville today announced the new Jacksonville Public Market, launching September 10, 2016. The Jacksonville Public Market will bring a wide range of family and nutritional programs, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, master gardener consultations, headline speakers, and youth entrepreneurial activities to the Eastside, highlighting the neighborhood’s history and culture to both long-time Jacksonville residents and visitors to the city’s Sports & Entertainment District.

Groundwork Jacksonville’s 10-year vision is to recreate the Emerald Necklace by re-connecting the city’s neglected urban neighborhoods. “The Jacksonville Public Market is a huge step in accomplishing our mission to spur revitalization and economic development, and foster active outdoor living along the S-Line, while engaging the community in creating and sustaining their clean environment,” said Dawn Emerick, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville. 

Eight villages are planned, showcasing fresh fruits and produce, healthy food, plants, arts, crafts, services and entertainment: Children’s Entrepreneur Village, Farmer Village, Artisan Food Village, Meat and Seafood Village, Arts Village, Vintage Village and Grocery Village.

Like many urban neighborhoods, the Eastside is considered a food desert with grocery stores located miles away and little access to fresh, whole foods. In the Historic Eastside/Springfield Community Quality of Life Plan developed by LISC in 2012, the community identified a vision to have “a level playing field” which included improved nutrition in the neighborhood and closer proximity to healthy foods, farmer’s markets, community gardens, and grocery stores. According to Janet Owens, Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) – Jacksonville, “The Jacksonville Public Market is a tremendous step not only to providing access to fresh, healthy food and essential services, but also to closing the gap in health and economic disparities and creating a large footprint of positivity and prosperity for Historic Eastside.”  For more information  go to



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