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Jacksonville by Neighborhood => Downtown => Topic started by: jaxlongtimer on May 15, 2019, 06:57:58 PM

Title: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: jaxlongtimer on May 15, 2019, 06:57:58 PM
Just approved unanimously:

https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2019/05/15/downtown-investment-authority-selects-new-ceo.html?ana=e_jac_bn_breakingnews&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVRJMVpEWXdNemM0TXpjNSIsInQiOiJZekhrTW1ielwvZUphNDRuQTBlWVdubm55MW5mYVJ5bnpldlBFd2FpS3JsdDBObVwvK0J1ZGc0REZaMjY4N0NwM2NubmdGTGlSeXB6elR6eGZnejBIb1wvcjhib1ZZMUlcL1pqVlwvUDlcL09GRWdqUUtRVGlzb2NDTDRMbXZzSERjem9QYyJ9 (https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2019/05/15/downtown-investment-authority-selects-new-ceo.html?ana=e_jac_bn_breakingnews&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVRJMVpEWXdNemM0TXpjNSIsInQiOiJZekhrTW1ielwvZUphNDRuQTBlWVdubm55MW5mYVJ5bnpldlBFd2FpS3JsdDBObVwvK0J1ZGc0REZaMjY4N0NwM2NubmdGTGlSeXB6elR6eGZnejBIb1wvcjhib1ZZMUlcL1pqVlwvUDlcL09GRWdqUUtRVGlzb2NDTDRMbXZzSERjem9QYyJ9)
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: heights unknown on May 15, 2019, 08:12:44 PM
Could this be "promising" good news? I like her proposed vision for downtown.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: MusicMan on May 15, 2019, 09:32:04 PM
What's her plan for The Landing?
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Tacachale on May 15, 2019, 09:36:13 PM
What's her plan for The Landing?

Whatever the mayor tells her it is.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: sanmarcomatt on May 15, 2019, 10:05:34 PM
I hope we get first term Boyer and not second term Boyer on the job. Wait....did she have a second term? Hard to tell.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: tufsu1 on May 15, 2019, 10:34:38 PM
^ in the past 4 years, she has led the following:

- designating a trail connecting through Baptist and into San Marco
- working on waterfront activation citywide
- rewriting the downtown zoning code

oh yeah, and she served as Council President two years ago
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Alex Sifakis on May 15, 2019, 11:52:05 PM
Boyer will be amazing for downtown.  She is brilliant, understands how important good design is, works her ass off, and is incredibility passionate.  And she knows how the city works, which is no small thing in Jax.  Big win.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Bill Hoff on May 16, 2019, 07:31:40 AM
^ in the past 4 years, she has led the following:

- designating a trail connecting through Baptist and into San Marco
- working on waterfront activation citywide
- rewriting the downtown zoning code

oh yeah, and she served as Council President two years ago

She was also key in having the Emerald Trail plan formally adopted by COJ.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: sanmarcomatt on May 16, 2019, 07:38:31 AM
^ in the past 4 years, she has led the following:

- designating a trail connecting through Baptist and into San Marco
- working on waterfront activation citywide
- rewriting the downtown zoning code

oh yeah, and she served as Council President two years ago

Amazing.

I would be in awe if it wasn't for becoming Curry's lapdog and being complicit in screwing Jax taxpayers royally.

But, in the future, when I am sitting at the billion dollar friendship fountain gazing at a character display, I am sure I will be oohing and ahhing and have forgotten all about such trivial matters.



Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Steve on May 16, 2019, 09:32:24 AM
My thought (since you asked):

I think Boyer will do a good job overall, within the confines that she can. Her challenge: Curry is going to do whatever he thinks is good for Khan. That isn't changing. So, how does she thrive in this role with that obstacle?
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: CityLife on May 16, 2019, 09:47:15 AM
This is a pretty huge hoop to jump through for two years.

"An opinion issued in April from the Florida Commission of Ethics says a former City Council member is not allowed to represent a group or the city’s interests before the council for two years following their term.

In her interview, she said DIA staff would be used to address the City Council for routine issues, while an outside lobbyist could be hired to represent DIA interests with elected officials for larger development deals."

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/boyer-selected-as-next-downtown-investment-authority-ceo

While Boyer is sharp, has vision, and knows the lay of the land locally; she has no experience running a Downtown Development agency and presumably has minimal development connections outside of Jacksonville. The DIA is going to need a strong number 2. Hopefully, Boyer and co will look for a rising talent from outside of Jacksonville. Ideally someone from Orlando, WPB, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or Tampa's downtown agencies; or even someone from Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, etc.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Steve on May 16, 2019, 10:18:44 AM
This is a pretty huge hoop to jump through for two years.

"An opinion issued in April from the Florida Commission of Ethics says a former City Council member is not allowed to represent a group or the city’s interests before the council for two years following their term.

In her interview, she said DIA staff would be used to address the City Council for routine issues, while an outside lobbyist could be hired to represent DIA interests with elected officials for larger development deals."

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/boyer-selected-as-next-downtown-investment-authority-ceo

While Boyer is sharp, has vision, and knows the lay of the land locally; she has no experience running a Downtown Development agency and presumably has minimal development connections outside of Jacksonville. The DIA is going to need a strong number 2. Hopefully, Boyer and co will look for a rising talent from outside of Jacksonville. Ideally someone from Orlando, WPB, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or Tampa's downtown agencies; or even someone from Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, etc.

Here's the way I look at it: Yes, that's a PITA for two years, but not much more than a PITA. It isn't insurmountable.

In terms of connections outside of the city, right now that to me isn't holding Jacksonville back. The biggest thing holding downtown back is the bullcrap that happens IN the city. I like the idea of a local person who knows how to wade through the bullcrap. Plus, it's not like Aundra Wallace (who came from the outside and seemed to do a pretty good job - he effectively got promoted so obviously people thought he did a good job) is hard to reach - if she needs to get an outside perspective I'm confident he'll answer her phone call.

Overall Boyer seems to be viewed pretty positively by both the city and by the constituents. That isn't easy to do.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Ken_FSU on June 06, 2019, 08:26:02 PM
Hooo boy.

When are we ever going to get our act together as a city?

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190606/jacksonville-dia-board-violated-sunshine-law-attorneys-say
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: thelakelander on June 06, 2019, 08:56:10 PM
I see Lenny and CM Garrett Dennis are trading insults over this on twitter: https://twitter.com/NateMonroeTU/status/1136727467178283010
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Kerry on June 06, 2019, 09:27:19 PM
They can't even vote correctly.  No wonder we can't get anything done.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Bill Hoff on June 07, 2019, 08:18:03 AM
I see Lenny and CM Garrett Dennis are trading insults over this on twitter: https://twitter.com/NateMonroeTU/status/1136727467178283010

It disturbs me that some of our civic leaders so frequently get in arguments on social media. I may be in the minority, but I see statesmanship as a positive.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: CityLife on June 07, 2019, 08:25:49 AM
This was just a procedural error and likely done with no malice, just incompetence. That said, they will have to re-vote and now that everyone knows how the original vote went, some gamesmenship could be used. All it takes is a member or two to give their preferred candidate max points and drop Boyer's point total. The original margin was slim; Boyer had a total of 356/400 and Flisram had 346/400. I doubt anyone would actually do that, but if so what a debacle it would be.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Steve on June 07, 2019, 09:11:36 AM
I don’t get how there’s not a city attorney present for something like this advising the board of what is allowed and not allowed.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Tacachale on June 07, 2019, 09:14:37 AM
I don’t get how there’s not a city attorney present for something like this advising the board of what is allowed and not allowed.

There was.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Steve on June 07, 2019, 09:26:49 AM
I don’t get how there’s not a city attorney present for something like this advising the board of what is allowed and not allowed.

There was.

Then that’s REALLY bad. I don’t expect all of the board member to know sunshine laws. I expect the lawyer though.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: thelakelander on June 07, 2019, 09:45:58 AM
I see Lenny and CM Garrett Dennis are trading insults over this on twitter: https://twitter.com/NateMonroeTU/status/1136727467178283010

It disturbs me that some of our civic leaders so frequently get in arguments on social media. I may be in the minority, but I see statesmanship as a positive.

Definitely agree here. Curry generally calls twitter and social media a sewer. He could be right but he's swimming all in it and it doesn't look good.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: bl8jaxnative on June 07, 2019, 09:51:18 AM
Some would argue that politics in itself is a sewer. 
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: vicupstate on June 07, 2019, 10:10:13 AM
Some would argue that politics in itself is a sewer. 

Indeed. Just as water is wet.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Kerry on June 07, 2019, 12:07:47 PM
A revote will be interesting.  $100 says the scores will be different on re-vote.  If I was one of the two losing candidates and I won the second time around I think I would just pass.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Steve on June 10, 2019, 01:07:13 PM
Brian Hughes is now saying that the decision to hire was done by voice vote versus secret ballot. If so this is lunacy. Are we to believe that a vote that was this close on paper, and they did the whole, “The Ayes Have It” thing?

Sometimes you need to “put the shovel down” and stop digging.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: itsfantastic1 on June 10, 2019, 01:29:34 PM
I'm starting to think we don't have the sharpest general council either...
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Steve on June 10, 2019, 01:40:07 PM
I'm starting to think we don't have the sharpest general council either...

Usually in most meetings that I've seen, whenever something like this comes up (a key vote, etc.), the AGC that's present usually briefs the board on the procedure and key laws so this sort of thing doesn't happen.

Frankly, I think everyone involved shares some of the blame (AGC first, then the board and Hughes second). This is basic stuff.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Kerry on June 10, 2019, 03:21:30 PM
Brian Hughes is now saying that the decision to hire was done by voice vote versus secret ballot. If so this is lunacy. Are we to believe that a vote that was this close on paper, and they did the whole, “The Ayes Have It” thing?

Sometimes you need to “put the shovel down” and stop digging.

A voice vote in 3-way race where you can give each candidate an individual score?  How would that vote even be conducted.  Aren't these meetings recorded, and if so, lets hear the vote.
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Charles Hunter on June 10, 2019, 03:28:15 PM
Brian Hughes is now saying that the decision to hire was done by voice vote versus secret ballot. If so this is lunacy. Are we to believe that a vote that was this close on paper, and they did the whole, “The Ayes Have It” thing?

Sometimes you need to “put the shovel down” and stop digging.

A voice vote in 3-way race where you can give each candidate an individual score?  How would that vote even be conducted.  Aren't these meetings recorded, and if so, lets hear the vote.

Oh Nooo! There's an 18 1/2 minute gap in the tape!!!
Title: Re: Boyer to be new DIA CEO
Post by: Kerry on June 10, 2019, 05:37:33 PM
Brian Hughes is now saying that the decision to hire was done by voice vote versus secret ballot. If so this is lunacy. Are we to believe that a vote that was this close on paper, and they did the whole, “The Ayes Have It” thing?

Sometimes you need to “put the shovel down” and stop digging.

A voice vote in 3-way race where you can give each candidate an individual score?  How would that vote even be conducted.  Aren't these meetings recorded, and if so, lets hear the vote.

Oh Nooo! There's an 18 1/2 minute gap in the tape!!!

LOL.  Don't be surprised.