#DTJax Awards Winners

Downtown Vision created the #DTJax Awards in 2015 to celebrate the people and projects making Downtown Jacksonville a better place to live, work, visit and invest. 

Downtowner of the Year

Award to honor an individual who has demonstrated inspirational leadership and has made strides to create and support a vibrant Downtown.

Past winners:

2022 – Jason Hunnicutt, 1904, Ocean Street Tacos and Underbelly

2021 – Mari  Kuraishi, DuPont Fund

2020 – Jessica Santiago, ArtRepublic

2019 – Brian Wolfburg, Vystar Credit Union

2018 – Ambassador John D. Rood & Steve Moore, Vestcor 

2017 – Frank Denton & Mark Nusbaum, J Magazine

2016 – Ben Davis, Intuition Ale Works

2015 – Alex Coley, NAI Hallmark

Downtown Project of the Year

Award to recognize a project that has significantly enhanced the economic revitalization of Downtown through the activation of underutilized resources, job creation, or leading design practices.

Past winners:

2022 – FIS Headquarters

2021 – The Breezeway at VyStar Tower

2020 – Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

2019 – The Barnett Building and UNF Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, SOuthEast Group & UNF

2018 – 20West FSCJ House and Cafe, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Profit Investments and LISC Jacksonville

2017 – Cowford Chophouse, Jacques & Alex Klempf

2016 – Winston Family YMCA, First Coast YMCA

2015 – Sweet Pete’s, Allison & Peter Behringer

Retail Project of the Year

A new retail project that has created an amenity for Downtown residents, employees and visitors through remarkable design and unique offerings

Past Winners:

2022 – Ruby Beach Brewing

2021 – The Bread and Board Provision

Small Business of the Year

Award to recognize a thriving street level retailer who enhances the Downtown experience.

Past winners:

2022 – Dos Gatos

2021 – The Volstead

2020 – Manifest Distilling

2019 – Bellwether, Jonathan Insetta and Allan Devault

Downtown Achievement Award

Award that recognizes an individual or organization for a significant body of work that reinforces Downtown as the premier center for arts, dining, retail, entertainment, business and/or urban living in Northeast Florida.

Past winners:

2022 – Dawn Lockhart

2021-  Mayor Lenny Curry

2020 – Maria Hane

2019 – Debbie Buckland, Truist Bank

2018 – Aundra Wallace, Downtown Investment Authority

2017 – Preston Haskell

2016 – Council President Lori Boyer

2015 – Dupont Fund/Center, Sherry Magill

Ambassador of the Year

Award to honor a Downtown Ambassador who continually goes above and beyond in their service of Downtown’s stakeholders, residents, employees and visitors.

Past winners:

2022 – Duan Thompson

2021- David Vasquez

2020 – Johnny Duckett

2019 – Michael Carpenter

2018 – Michael Ryan

2017 – Willie Browner

2016 – Michael Ryan

2015 – Lydia Cobbert