JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A large group of local business and city guides were in Tampa this week.
Aundra Wallace, President of JAXUSA Partnership, said: “We have to keep the pace and increase the pace to stay competitive.”
For the past decade, Tampa has focused heavily on creating a downtown area where people wanted to live, work, and play. A group of 30 business leaders from Jacksonville are in Tampa learning how to do it at home. “From the landing to the sports complex, we really need to focus on developing this.
They really did that here and stuck with it. “Says Wallace
Jacksonville has many similarities to Tampa.
Both are port cities and have a river that runs right through the city center. “We can no longer be passive, we have to be aggressive, we have to achieve this,” exclaims Wallace.
He and others would love to see developments like the Riverwalk in Jacksonville, as well as places built by the Jags.
Plus a destination like the Armature Works, which is in the heart of downtown Tampa.
And he believes this time will happen thanks to the dynamics already taking place.
“People are looking for big real estate deals, and we don’t often celebrate the smaller deals that are going on. In the sports complex where you have the Doro building, we completed our Barnett building. We are talking about the Ambassador building. We have plans for the old Federal Reserve building next to our City Hall. “Wallace says one of the biggest takeaways – we need to figure out how to incorporate sports and entertainment into the growth of our downtown area like we’ve seen in Tampa for the past decade.