Community Development Award winners recognized by LISC

Community Development Award winners recognized by LISC
Gina Donahoo with Nicole Bryan, Bryan Cotton, May Bryan and John Donahoo

At its recent 20th Anniversary celebration, LISC or Local Initiatives Support Corporation Jacksonville announced five Community Development Award winners during its most recent event at TIAA Bank Field’s East Club, Feb. 20.

The awards, which recognize those that align best with the mission to partner with public, private and non-profit groups to transform distressed neighborhoods into good places to live, work, conduct business and raise children. The event also honored the 20-year leadership of J.F. Bryan, IV, who was instrumental in the organization’s founding and has served as the organization’s Advisory Board Chair since its inception in 1999.

Awards given during the evening’s program were: Igniter Award: Hope McMath, Yellow House Gallery of Art; Building Block Award: Vestcor Companies; Power of Community Award (Collective Impact): Arlington 20|20; Champion of Main Street Award: VyStar Credit Union; and the EPIC Award: Barnett Tower, LLC.

“The award winners are beacons of positive change in Jacksonville and collectively represent millions of dollars in economic impact,” said Janet Owens, executive director of LISC Jacksonville. “Furthermore, it is important to note that LISC Jacksonville—as well as our partnerships with all of the past and present winners and nominees—would never have been possible if it were not for J.F. Bryan and his tenacity and commitment to bringing LISC to Jacksonville 20 years ago. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

Bryan, a Jacksonville native, spearheaded the $1.25 million fundraising initiative that enabled LISC Jacksonville to open its doors. Under his leadership during the past 20 years, LISC Jacksonville has partnered with public, private and nonprofit organizations to invest nearly $500 million in Jacksonville’s urban core neighborhoods. These investments have resulted in building or preserving 2,105 affordable housing units and developing more than 1.7 million square feet of retail and community space, helping create more than 3,000 new jobs while reducing crime by 40-50% in Jacksonville’s urban neighborhoods.

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