Convergence 2016: Welcome to Jacksonville

Mark Gelfo
Published on: 
Friday, May 6, 2016

Jacksonville, Fla., is known as the River City, but it is so much more than the beautiful St. John’s River you see outside the Convergence hotel. Jacksonville is beautiful beaches, a growing downtown, peaceful suburbs, the Northside and Historic Springfield, southern hospitality, wonderful weather, great shopping, food, entertainment, museums, sports and so much more.

I moved to Jacksonville 14 years ago and fell in love with the city; I can’t imagine living anywhere else. While you are here, I hope you will enjoy some of the sites our great city has to offer. Northeast Florida is home to more than 110 LEED-certified buildings, and within a few blocks' walk of the Convergence hotel, you will find:

  • The LEED Gold and EnergyStar Jake M. Godbold City Hall Annex is a great rehabilitation story. Originally constructed in 1908 to house the YMCA, it was the first high-rise built after the Great Fire of 1901.
  • The LEED Silver Duval County Courthouse is the largest LEED-certified courthouse in the United States.
  • The 1912 St. James City Hall and the Ed Ball Building are also great examples of City of JAX-owned EnergyStar buildings.
  • The Jessie Ball DuPont Center, formerly the Haydon Burns Library, originally built in 1965, is a hub for local nonprofits and a sustainability success story about to earn LEED Gold.

But most of all, Jacksonville is a community of great people. And on behalf of the new USGBC Florida community, and the USGBC Northeast Florida Region, we welcome you to Jacksonville and invite you to experience our sustainable community!

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