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Schools; COVID Vaccine Trial Participant; Downtown Report; What's Good Wednesday

Duval County School Administration Building

A new report from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) looks at the state of our local school buildings.

We spoke about it with JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune; and Elizabeth Krajewski, JPEF’s Senior Manager of Data and Research.


COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Pfizer recently began a clinical trial in Northeast Florida to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, and recruited area residents to take part. We spoke to Kathryn, one of the participants, about it.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

State Of Downtown

Downtown Vision, Inc. is out with its newest study of the growth of Downtown Jacksonville. Many key Downtown indicators have been tracked and analyzed over an 18-month period including: development and investment, residential demand, office market and employment base, transportation expansions and tourism health. 

The report details January 2019 to June 2020. It is important to note the report's data was largely gathered prior to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jake Gordon, CEO of Downtown Vision Inc., joined us to discuss the findings.

What’s Good Wednesday’s

It’s Wednesday, so we took our midweek look at what’s good this week. This week, we included good news from MOCA Jacksonville, Sunday Gathering Table and the FSCJ Artist Series. To learn more, subscribe to our newsletter here.

Heather Schatz can be reached at or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.