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Business Brief: DIA CEO Working On Incentives To Bring Restaurants Downtown

People stand on corners at Hogan Street
Jacksonville Daily Record
Boyer wants to target the area near Hemming Park with incentives for restaurants.

In early 2020, the Downtown Investment Authority could begin a program to promote a dense corridor of restaurants in vacant ground-floor spaces in the Northbank core.

DIA CEO Lori Boyer says she’s working on a plan that will either modify the authority’s existing Retail Enhancement Grant Program or create an initiative to provide financial assistance targeting restaurants and businesses with higher build-out costs.

The plan will include a marketing campaign, connecting building and restaurant owners with Downtown Vision Inc. and jaxrestaurantreviews.com to reach potential customers citywide and bring them Downtown.

In an interview Oct. 25, Boyer said a written proposal should be in front of the DIA board for approval by February, and she wants at least five storefronts filled by summer 2021.

Read the rest of this story on the Jax Daily Record.