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Downtown Vision Announces 2018 #DTJAX Award Winners

Published Thursday, January 11, 2018

Downtown Vision, Downtown Jacksonville’s non-profit Business Improvement District announced today the winners of the third annual #DTJax Awards. Winners will be celebrated at the upcoming #DTJax Gala: Vintage Circus. 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 2018 are: 

  • Downtown Ambassador of the Year – Willie Browner
  • Downtowners of the Year – Frank Denton and Mark Nusbaum
  • Downtown Project of the Year – Cowford Chophouse
  • Downtown Achievement Award – Preston Haskell

“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. “We love the opportunity to honor individuals in the private and public sectors who have demonstrated great dedication to the growth and success of Downtown Jacksonville through our #DTJax Awards program and are excited to celebrate with them at the #DTJax Gala.”

The community is invited to celebrate with the #DTJax Award winners as well during the third annual #DTJax Gala: Vintage Circus on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the former Aetna Building on Downtown Jacksonville’s Southbank. The #DTJax Gala is a celebration of Downtown and includes a dinner buffet, dessert by The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops, open bar featuring Manifest Distilling, Intuition Ale Works and Bold City Brewery, big top performers, a henna tattoo artist and carnival games, the Tin Can Photo Lounge, silent auction, complimentary valet and more.

The #DTJax Gala is sponsored by PRI Productions, Perdue Office Interiors, Manifest Distilling, BB&T, Cecil W. Powell & Company, Gresham Smith and Partners, Manifest Distilling, Matt Carlucci – State Farm, and The Jacksonville Landing.

For more information about the #DTJax Gala, past #DTJax Awards winners, available sponsorships and to purchase tickets, visit

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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