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Downtown Vision Announces 2017 #DTJax Award Winners

Downtown Vision, Downtown Jacksonville’s non-profit Business Improvement District announced today the winners of the second annual #DTJax Awards who will be celebrated at the upcoming #DTJax Gala: River of Dreams.

The #DTJax Awards recognize community leaders who work to create a vibrant environment, who support economic revitalization efforts through the activation of underutilized resources, job creation, or leading design practices, and who continually reinforce Downtown as the premier center for arts, dining, retail, entertainment, business and/or urban living in Northeast Florida.

The #DTJax award winners for 2017 are:

  • Downtown Ambassador of the Year – Michael Ryan
  • Downtowner of the Year – Ben Davis, Intuition Ale Works
  • Downtown Project of the Year –  Winston Family YMCA, First Coast YMCA
  • Downtown Achievement Award – Council President Lori Boyer

“At Downtown Vision, our mission is to promote Downtown as a great place to live, work, visit and invest,” said Jake Gordon CEO of Downtown Vision. “The #DTJax Awards are an opportunity to honor individuals in the private and public sectors who have demonstrated great dedication to the growth and success of Downtown Jacksonville.”

The community is invited to celebrate the #DTJax Award winners at the second annual #DTJax Gala: River of Dreams on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Friendship Fountain in Downtown Jacksonville. For more information about the gala and tickets, visit

The gala will feature a dinner buffet, open bar, dancing, river taxi tours with live performances, a demonstration by the Museum of Science & History, silent auction, complimentary valet and more. Early bird tickets and young professional discounts are available before February 19, 2017.

The #DTJax Gala is sponsored by PRI Productions, Auld & White Constructors, Block by Block, CSX, Downtown Investment Authority, EverBank, BB&T, Florida Blue, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, Jacksonville University, Manifest Distilling, Perdue Office Interiors, VyStar Credit Union, Danis, Gunster, IBERIABANK, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Matthew Carlucci, State Farm, Museum of Science & History, Regency Centers, RummellMunz Partners and The Jacksonville Landing.


About Downtown Vision

Downtown Vision is a not-for-profit business improvement district with a mission to help revitalize DTJax through clean and safe initiatives, experience creation, marketing and information management. Created in 2000 by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board of directors representing Downtown, Downtown Vision administers a 90-block improvement district in Jacksonville’s urban core. For more information, visit

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