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Plan to spice up companies in Northwest Jacksonville now underway. Many say its overdue – WJXT News4JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There’s a plan to revamp and increase enterprise in Northwest Jacksonville. Many metropolis leaders say it’s lengthy overdue.

The Jacksonville Commerical Hall Enhancement Venture launched in Northwest Jacksonville on Friday morning.

It’s one which goals to revamp and revitalize a portion of Moncrief Street often known as the “District of Soul.”

Paul Tutwiler is the CEO of the Northwest Jacksonville Group Improvement Company, which helps with financial improvement, housing and social companies.

He stated he needs native companies to not solely survive however thrive.

“We’re searching for that facelift,” Tutwiler stated. “We’re searching for us to re-introduce ourselves to speak about how properly this neighborhood can do to achieve its potential.”

There are native companies that may profit from the mission, together with eating places and museums.

“This breathes new life into the scenario,” stated Kevin Smith who owns a enterprise within the district that gives companies to entrepreneurs. “I imagine it’s the oxygen that’s wanted.”

Angela Tompkins owns 2 Artful Sistahs. It’s a enterprise she began greater than two years in the past. She creates customized gadgets that promote the neighborhood and tradition of the town.

“What it says to this neighborhood and different communities all through the town is that there’s life right here,” Tompkins stated. “There’s a want for companies right here.”

Linda Harris owns Jerlyn World, which gives housing and industrial enterprise for senior residents and veterans. She additionally provides housing for touring nurses.

“We wish folks from different areas of Florida, in the USA and all around the globe to return to our district and see that it’s much more happening apart from crime,” Harris stated.

These leaders say this new push drives in optimistic power whereas ushering out the destructive. Wells Fargo pledged $300,000 to the trigger.

“Wells Fargo has been a protracted supporter of small companies, and we definitely have been an ideal companion right here with the organizations right here since 2008,” Damien Haitsuka, who’s the area financial institution director for North Florida. “Our dedication to serving to small companies thrive on this neighborhood, we imagine it’s really vital. The pandemic has been a problem for all, and extra particularly, our black-owned companies in our communities.”

The Metropolis of Jacksonville has already earmarked $750,000 for the mission.

Tutwiler hopes this fosters enlargement and hope into Northwest Jacksonville.

Native enterprise homeowners can apply to get funding for these enhancements at this website.

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