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Downtown Vision Inc. Names New Executive Director

April 18th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


Following a national search and interviews with seven candidates, Jacob A. Gordon, currently with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and the Camden Special Services District in Camden, New Jersey, has been named as the organization’s second Executive Director succeeding Terry Lorince who is retiring after 14 years in the position. Terry has led Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) since it was created by an act of City Council in 2000.

DVI manages downtown Jacksonville’s Business Improvement District. The organization oversees enhancement activities in the 90-block core of Downtown and is best recognized by the orange shirted Downtown Ambassadors and its signature event, the First Wednesday Art Walk. DVI provides services and manages activities that enhance the Downtown experience and are beyond the scope and capability of city government departments.

The selection process was supported by the local HR consulting firm Peoplr and was highly competitive. The process resulted in hundreds of interested applicants from which seven were invited to interview with the selection committee. As part of this process, Gordon came to Jacksonville for in-depth interviews before six and eight member panels on two separate occasions over the past three weeks. The selection committee in commenting on Mr. Gordon noted his successful management experience in one of the country’s toughest urban environments, his can-do attitude, creativity, unassuming and friendly demeanor, proven record of securing more than $30 million in foundation and government grants, and his passion and track record for urban placemaking.

Gordon, a former litigation attorney, has spent the last eight years as a non-profit senior executive in the Philadelphia area. He has had numerous responsibilities including serving as the Board President and Executive Director of Camden’s Business Improvement District.

Gordon holds a BA in Communications from the University of California, San Diego; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He is active in the Urban Land Institute and the International Downtown Association (IDA). In 2014 his Camden Night Gardens project won IDA’s Pinnacle Award, and in 2012 his team won IDA’s Public Space Award for Roosevelt Plaza Park. He has personally served in many public service roles including his town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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