Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) of Jacksonville, Florida

The Downtown Investment Authority was created to revitalize Downtown Jacksonville by utilizing Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) resources and the Downtown Development Trust Fund to spur economic development. The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) is a governing body for the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) established by the City of Jacksonville. DIA and City offer a variety of incentives for business to locate Downtown, including expedited permitting and economic development incentives.

The DIA’s investments are steered by a six-member Board of Directors who conduct open-to-the-public business on an unpaid, volunteer basis. All six are confirmed by the Jacksonville City Council. It was formed to revitalize and preserve downtown property values and prevent deterioration in the downtown business district.

Contact Information

Downtown Investment Authority
City Hall at St. James Building
117 West Duval Street
Suite 310
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 255-5302 ‚Äč

DIA Board of Directors

James Bailey, Jr.

Craig Gibbs, Esq.
Vice Chair

Ron Moody

Oliver Barakat

Dane Grey

W. Braxton Gillam, Esq.

Marc Padgett

Downtown Investment
Authority Staff
Brian Hughes
Mayor's Chief of Staff
Interim CEO

Karen Underwood-Eiland
Executive Assistant
(904) 255-5302 


Brenna Durden, Esq.


Todd Froats



Guy Parola
Operations Manager
(904)  255-5305