Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) announced today the resignation of executive director Terry Lorince, effective March 2015, or upon the hire of a new executive director.
“I am very pleased with the progress that has been made Downtown and believe that the next few years will bring much positive change and growth,” said Lorince. “DVI has spent the past few months working on a new strategic direction and the organization, with a strong board in place, stands poised to help realize Downtown’s massive potential. This position has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for which I will forever be grateful, and I look forward as both DVI and I start exciting new chapters.”
During her 14-year tenure as executive director, Lorince led the organization in numerous accomplishments including; advocating for development and improvements in the core of Downtown, including the riverfront and historic preservation, making Downtown Jacksonville cleaner, safer and friendlier through a seven-day-a-week Ambassador service, marketing Downtown Jacksonville to developers, and individuals interested in living and working Downtown, leasing more than 50,000 sq ft of space to artists through the Off the Grid initiative, holding a co-working demonstration with the group that would go on to found CoWork Jax, and implementing award-winning special events and promotions such as the First Wednesday Art Walk, Downtown’s first Farmers Market, Eat Up Downtown, the Out to Lunch concert series, Movies in the Park, and the Historic Church Tour.
“I can’t think of anyone who has been able to do more with less to impact the core of our community,” said Oliver Barakat, DVI board member and Downtown Investment Authority board chair. “So much of her and her team’s work has been done behind the scenes to attract and keep businesses Downtown, and she’s the first one to share the credit.”
“Terry has been a driving force in Downtown Jacksonville’s revitalization, championing growth through Downtown’s ups and downs,” said DVI board chair Debbie Buckland. “We are indebted for her leadership and unyielding passion for the heart and soul of Jacksonville. She leaves us well positioned to carry on our work to create and support a vibrant Downtown community in this exciting time of progress.”
Source: Downtown Vision, Inc.
About Downtown Vision, Inc.
Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a dynamic, not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization tasked with creating and supporting a vibrant Downtown community and promoting Downtown as an exciting place to live, work and play. Created by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board representing Downtown property owners, DVI administers a 90-block Downtown Improvement District to provide a multitude of services over and above what the City of Jacksonville provides: cleaning and safety via the Downtown Ambassador program; activation with more than 50 event days annually, like the award-winning First Wednesday Art Walk; marketing, communications and partnerships; comprehensive information resources and ombudsman services; stakeholder support and advocacy; and business retention and attraction support. For more information, visit downtownjacksonville.org.