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About a year and a half ago, business owners in the area west of Downtown Jacksonville came together to rebrand their neighborhood as the Rail Yard District.

The Jaxson’s Ennis Davis and I visited one of the longest-running of those businesses, the Jacksonville Farmers Market, so we could learn how the Rail Yard District Business Council defines success.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A lack of employment opportunity, an excess of generational poverty and lack of access to financial institutions  — and the fiscal literacy they provide — makes it difficult for many families to see their way out of hardship.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author and urban planner Peter Kageyama on how to get people to love the cities where they live (01:18).  

Jacksonville University Associate Professor Sawsan Tabbaa talked about the Give Kids a Smile program (30:28).   

Comedian and actor Colin Quinn joined us ahead of his performance this month at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (46:00).     


Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with WJCT’s business analyst John Burr about the future of CSX in the wake of the death of CEO Hunter Harrison (00:55).

We discussed urban renewal in Jacksonville and the upcoming LISC awards with LISC Jacksonville CEO Janet Owens and City Councilman and LISC Community Development Awards Committee Chair Greg Anderson (12:49).   

The latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Kelly Mabry who owns a number of Tropical Smoothies in town (33:26).

Sulzbacher Center CEO Cindy Funkhouser and Sweet Pete’s founder Peter Behringer told us about their partnership to produce and ship Sulzbacher Sweets (37:01).

927 Events owner Paul Sifton told us about a contest they are holding in connection to the Art Republic Festival (46:00).  


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Springfield’s Henry L. Brown Kooker Park is getting a facelift thanks to grants from ESPN and the NFL totaling $125,000.