Community Thread

City Spending: Where Should Our Money Go?

How is Jacksonville spending our tax money?

For years, city leaders have talked about bringing jobs and updating infrastructure to make Jacksonville more attractive. But are those investments spread across the city equally?

Join our panel of experts and moderator Melissa Ross for "Community Thread," a live, interactive, televised discussion, on June 29. If you can't attend, send your questions and comments about Jacksonville's public spending to

"City Spending: Where Should Our Money Go?" airs live at 8 p.m. June 29 on WJCT-TV and 89.9 WJCT-FM.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon
  • Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis
  • Nancy Ricker from ICARE
  • John Watch, director of business development for the Jacksonville Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Concerned Taxpayers Vice President Durwin Davis

What are your thoughts or questions about city spending? Be part of our studio audience for this live event and share your voice.

  • All guests must arrive at 7:30 p.m. and must be seated by 7:45 p.m. No exceptions.
  • Tickets are free, but space is limited.
  • No admittance without RSVP.

WJCT's  “Community Thread” is a television program inviting the community to join us in discussing topics that affect us most.

Each quarter, the public is invited to submit questions on a new topic by email to or on Twitter, using the hashtag #WJCTThread.

The taping of “Community Thread” is open to the public. Audience members are invited to ask questions directly to a panel of experts. Our news team will also sift through the questions and provide answers to many of them in radio stories to keep the conversation going.

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Jacksonville transportation officials and politicians at all levels of government Tuesday broke ground on the area’s Regional Transportation Center in the historic LaVilla neighborhood.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s internationally-recognized crowd-funding festival One Spark will go on, after all, organizers announced Monday. 

Money problems forced organizers to cancel earlier this year, but now the event is slated for October.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is set to break ground on its regional transportation center, dubbed the Jacksonville Intermodal Station. 

Ennis Davis with Modern Cities says the new center represents a return to the neighborhood’s past, and it’s already shaping future development.

Tiffany Salameh

More than 20 buildings are featured on the Jacksonville Historical Society’s 2017 list of most endangered buildings.

The buildings on the list are subject to demolition if renovations are not made in the near future.  Wayne Wood of the historical society said the time frame for demolition varies with each building.

face made of light on the side of a church
Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

Jacksonville might have a few things to learn about revitalizing its downtown from one northern city with similar characteristics: Montreal.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis saw several ideas in action on his recent trip there.

Exterior of Engine 15 Brewery
Modern Cities

A group of business owners is trying to drum up interest in what they’re calling Jacksonville’s “Rail Yard District” just west of downtown.

Modern Cities co-founder Mike Field says their hope is to breathe new life into a once-booming wholesale district. 

Community Thread / WJCT News

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new implant to treat opioid addiction.

The medication blocks brain receptors that drive powerful addiction to pain pills.

But not everyone in Jacksonville is praising the decision. Some in law enforcement and healthcare see medication-assisted treatment as just substituting one addiction for another.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

WJCT’s Community Thread project invites listeners to submit questions about topics that affect all of us. It started with a TV show on public schools in November. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.

This one comes from Vickie Robinson. She wants to know: How successful is Duval County’s pilot program for single-gender learning at Butler Middle School? And does the district plan to expand single-gender learning to high schools?

Community Thread


WJCT’s "Community Thread" invites listeners to submit questions on topics that affects all of us. The project started with a TV show on public schools last month. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.



For this episode of Community Thread, we are joined by Nikolai Vitti, Duval Schools Superintendent; Terrie Brady, Duval Teachers United President; Tim Sloan, a parent who has a daughter in sixth grade at Landon Middle and a son in second grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary; and Cheryl Grymes, the Duval School Board Chair.