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Join The Jaxson Oct. 2 For ‘Setting the Table for Urban Revitalization’

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What is the role of food in city planning? The Jaxson invites you to an evening exploring how authentic, local restaurants, bars, public markets, and food halls are becoming essential ingredients in revitalizing urban commercial scenes across the country, even as traditional retail chains struggle. 

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

  • 5:30pm - Reception
  • 6:00pm - Keynote Speaker
  • 6:30pm - Panel Discussion
  • 7:30pm - Q&A

Keynote Speaker:
Quint Studer, author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America

Studer is the founder of the Studer Community Institute, owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball team and a major real estate developer in Downtown Pensacola. His One Palafox Place project featuring 200,000 square feet of commercial space may be the city's most important restoration project. He also has experience with urban infill, purchasing and redeveloping the former Pensacola News Journal printing plant into a mixed-use apartment development. 

Studer is an expert on activating ground-level spaces with the types of businesses that stimulate foot traffic and pedestrian-scale engagement.


  • Lori Boyer, Downtown Investment Authority CEO
  • Celestia Mobley, chef and restaurant owner at Celestia's Coastal Cuisine and Jazzy's Restaurant and Lounge
  • Jerry Watterson, Jax Restaurant Reviews founder

Caron Streibich, restaurant reviewer, Florida Times-Union; content and social media marketing manager, Regency Centers 
Admission is free but registration is requested via Eventbrite here

This event is sponsored in part by the First Coast Chapter of the American Planning Association.