Program Overview

The Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund (NWJEDF) is a public fund accessible by existing and prospective businesses in the Northwest Jacksonville area. The goals of the NWJEDF are to:
  • Create new service and retail business to serve target neighborhoods.
  • Create access to jobs for area residents.
  • Provide low interest loans and grants to existing businesses located in the area or new businesses desiring to locate in the area to finance the purchase of machinery and equipment and/or leasehold improvements or façade renovations, where the property owner or leaseholder is located in targeted area(s).
  • Encourage investment in older and underutilized buildings within the corridors.
  • Stimulate new small business investment within the target area that adds to the tax base.
  • Provide loans for business expansion and new commercial development by area residents.

Click here to download the application.

Guidelines and Processes
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NWJEDF Boundary

Current Projects
Project Name Project Description Project Assistance Projected New Jobs Projected Private
Capital Investment              
Bill Number
Moncrief Plaza Shopping Center Water & sewer infrastructure improvements Construction loan & infrastructure grant     2001-1114
The Soap Bubble Laundromats, Inc. Infrastructure improvements   22   2002-0431
Hair Depot Onsite infrastructure & building improvements       2002-0832
For Your Child Only Day Care Center Acquisition of land & building       2003-0300
FreshMinistries Beaver Street         2010-0367
North Point Town Center         2010-0750
Cowealth, LLC         2011-0290
First Coast No More Homeless Pets Low cost, full-service animal hospital Construction loan & grant 47   2015-0014
Church's Chicken Fast food restaurant Infrastructure grant 20 $1,000,000 2015-0015
Sea Breeze Food service distributor Infrastructure grant 5   2015-0224
Jacksonville Farmers Market Local produce market Improvements to market grant     2016-0067

The Lofts on Main, LLC
(Third and Main, LLC)

Housing & retail development project Extension of loan 12   2016-0334
Hans-Mill Corp Manufacturing facility   23 $11,799,000 2016-0403

Annual Report
Click here to download a copy of the 2016 NWJEDF Annual Report.

NWJEDF Advisory Committee Members
John Allmand, JAA Architecture
Fred Atwill, Jr., ATWILL, LLC. 
George Barnes, George A. Barnes Realty
Cynthia Glover, Regions Bank
Valerie Jenkins, Wells Fargo
Karen Landry, War on Poverty
Royce McGowan, McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center
Joseph Whitaker, City of Jacksonville

Meeting Times
The advisory committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month at City Hall, 117 West Duval Street, in Conference Room C on the third floor.  Please note that meeting dates and locations are subject to change.

Meeting Minutes
November 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016

Staff Contacts
Daphne Colbert, (904) 630-7117,
Joe Whitaker, (904) 630-1624,