Business Brief

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Modern Cities

Some of the Jacksonville buildings many people know today came from the minds of largely forgotten African-American architects — and their legacy is the city’s unique character.

Business Brief: The Case For 'Economic Inclusion'

Feb 19, 2018
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Movements are having a moment. From #MeToo to Black Lives Matter and Dreamers, minorities and women are demanding inclusion.

As Kelsi Hasden with Modern Cities said, one area where these groups have been historically excluded is at work, and that has economic consequences far beyond office walls.

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As we know, Jacksonville will not be home to Amazon’s headquarters, after city leaders found out last month their pitch to the company did not land a spot on its top-20 list of contenders.

In this week’s Business Brief, Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo that Jacksonville could learn something from the unexpected cities that did make the list.

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Orange Park is losing its Toys ‘R’ Us store, as the company announced last week it’s closing that location and 180 other stores nationwide.

Overall, though, brick-and-mortar retail is far from dead on the First Coast. 

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Several downtown Jacksonville development projects got a preliminary green light last week.

In this Business Brief, Bill Delaney of Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the list of proposed new additions includes a commodity that’s in short supply downtown:  parking spaces.

Modern Cities

A new year promises to bring lots of new development to Jacksonville’s Urban Core.

In this week’s Business Brief, Bill Delaney of Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about some of the major projects on the horizon.


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One of Jacksonville’s oldest malls is getting a massive makeover. Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said Roosevelt Square in Ortega is responding to changing trends.


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Jacksonville Transportation Authority

A conductor-less train is being tested in China, with plans to take on passengers starting next year.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said the groundbreaking autonomous train has smaller-scale, slower cousins already moving through the streets of downtown Jacksonville.


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A set of vacant warehouses in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood is being transformed into an arts school and walkable arts district.


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Downtown Vision Inc

The city of Jacksonville is launching a program to help small-business owners wade through city permitting and other pitfalls.


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DCawton

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said that two Jacksonville-based sandwich chains are adapting to diners’ changing tastes in two different ways.


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Florida Department of Transportation

The massive Overland Bridge construction project on I-95 in downtown Jacksonville is set to wrap up in a couple of months.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said a new exit at Atlantic Boulevard is expected to spur development around San Marco and St. Nicholas.


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Jacksonville’s public utility, JEA, wants to build a new headquarters downtown, and it’s working with the city to pave the way.


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Jacksonville’s Whole Foods store is among the company’s more than 400 nationwide that will soon be owned by retail giant Amazon.

In this "Business Brief," Modern Cities founder Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the sale is part of a retail trend of companies’ responding to customers’ changing needs.


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.


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