The nominations for Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority board of trustees have been announced.
The nine member board consists of five people nominated by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and four by City Council President Bill Bishop. All must still be confirmed by the City Council.
Board members will not get paid for their work. The DIA focuses specifically on revitalizing the downtown area through business development, recruitment and marketing efforts. They can use Community Redevelopment Area resources to revitalize Downtown
The Mayor has nominated Melody Bishop, an architect with Akel Logan and Shafer who is based in Downtown; Robert Clements, Chairman and CEO of EverBank; Kamaria Harper, a Downtown resident and attorney with the Harper Law Firm; Donald Harris, the General Manager of the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel on the Southbank; and Paul Perez, Chief Compliance Officer for Fidelity National Financial in Downtown.
Bishop has nominated Antonio Allegretti, the Downtown Engagement Director for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce; James Bailey, Jr., Publisher of The Financial News & Daily Record; Oliver Barakat, a senior vice president for CBRE; and Donald Shea, Jacksonville Civic Council Executive Director.
A release from the Mayor’s office outlines the guidelines for picking board members. They must have substantive ties to Downtown and be Duval County residents. Six of the nine members must be a downtown resident, a downtown retail operator, a downtown real property owner, a member of the banking or finance industry, a person with business management experience, a practicing attorney, a person with commercial real estate experience, an architect or an urban planner.