Jacksonville Urban Core
Economic Development Forum

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Pursuing economic growth in Jacksonville's Urban Core. A series of four Community Conversations to identify ways to stimulate growth in Jacksonville's center communities.

Third Session - Presentation: Portfolio of Urban Core Catalytic Projects

Featuring: Bill Taft,
Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
February 20, 2020
3:00 pm  to 5:00 pm
TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Drive

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Bill Taft, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

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Bill leads the expansion of LISC’s inclusive economic development efforts in its 33+ local programs by investing in people, places, and businesses. Bill has been with LISC since 2005, initially serving as LISC Indianapolis’ Executive Director, later as Program Vice President, and now as Senior Vice President for Economic Development. Under Bill’s leadership, LISC Indianapolis invested over $240 million to leverage $1 billion of investment in the core urban neighborhoods of Indianapolis. Prior to that, Bill was President of Southeast Neighborhood Development, Inc. (SEND) for 14 years, overseeing the early phases of revitalizing the Fountain Square area of Indianapolis. Bill holds an undergraduate degree from Cedarville University and a master’s from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning.

The Jacksonville Urban Core Economic Development Forum third Community Conversation will be held on Thursday, February 20, at 3:00 p.m. You are invited to attend and hear creative approaches to economic development, employment & entrepreneurship from Jacksonville and around the country. Sponsored by LISC Jacksonville and 7 Urban Core organizations, the Community Conversations will engage community, business, philanthropic, and government representatives with leaders in the field in a discussion about practical strategies to stimulate economic development, job growth, and investment in our communities.

The Community Conversations will culminate in February with the Urban Core Economic Development Symposium, featuring catalytic projects and new initiatives underway in each Urban Core neighborhood.The third Community Conversation will be held in conjunction with LISC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Please join us! You can help shape strategies for the economic development of the Urban Core!!

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For more information, please contact Devin Thompson at LISC Jacksonville at DTompson2@LISC.org.

* The Jacksonville Urban Economic Development Forum is an 18-month initiative supported by LISC Jacksonville, The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida and Chase Bank. It's purpose is to stimulate economic growth in Jacksonville's center neighborhoods which comprise the Urban Core. The Forum is led by community-based organizations in Jacksonville’s Urban Core, and will showcase current and future catalytic economic development projects, highlight successful strategies from Jacksonville and elsewhere, and promote and implement inclusive economic development policies, projects, and investments.

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Neighborhood Partners:

Groundwork Jacksonville
Historic Eastside CDC
New Town Success Zone
Northwest Jacksonville CDC
Rail Yard District Business Council
Revitalize Arlington
SPAR Council

Civic Partners:

First Coast APA
Jacksonville Transit Authority
Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida
Self Help Credit Union
Visit Jacksonville
VyStar Credit Union


Order may change based on speaker availability.

Community Conversation 1:  
Economic Opportunity in the Urban Core 
5:00 pm, November 20, 2019
The Conference Center at the Main Library
303 N. Laura Street

Community Conversation 2:
Generating Income: Employment & Entrepreneurship
4:30 pm, January 23, 2020
Jesse Ball DuPont Conference Center
40 East Adams Street

Symposium/Community Conversation 3:
Presentation: Portfolio of Urban Core Catalytic Projects
3:00 pm, February 20, 2020
TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Drive

Community Conversation 4:
Engaging the Public Sector, Financing & Marketing 
Economic Development
4:30 pm, March, 2020 (date tbd)
Jesse Ball DuPont Conference Center
40 East Adams Street

LISC Jacksonville Twentieth Anniversary Community Development Awards Celebration

5:00 pm, Reception
6:15 pm, Program Begins

Community Investment Portfolio of Catalytic Projects

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Historic Eastside

Emerald Trail

Northwest Jacksonville

Rail Yard District / New Town


Urban Core Future Project Pipeline

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