BISNOW Event | Jacksonville Construction and Development Summit


August 1, 2023 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am


Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverbank

1515 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207

On August 1, Gunster Construction Law Co-Chair Julia Holden Davis will moderate the “Breaking New Ground: Innovations and Best Practices in Jacksonville’s Construction and Development Industry” panel during the BISNOW Jacksonville Construction and Development Summit event. Topics of discussion include merging technologies, workforce development, financing and community engagement.

This program is part two of a five-part series of BISNOW-hosted events discussing major development projects and market trends across the state. The Orlando State of the Market event was held on June 27 and upcoming events include the South Florida Women Leading Real Estate event on August 30, the Miami State of the Market event on September 12, and the Future of Palm Beach event in December (date TBD).

What You’ll Learn:

  • Gain insights and strategies for navigating a rapidly changing landscape and staying competitive in the Jacksonville real estate market.
  • Discuss best practices for designing and constructing mixed-use developments, navigating legal and regulatory challenges, and addressing design and construction challenges for waterfront and coastal developments.
  • Explore new and emerging technologies, innovative financing models, and strategies for community engagement that can help drive growth and development in the city.
  • Discuss how technology is changing the construction industry, and how real estate developers and contractors can leverage new tools and techniques to increase efficiency, reduce risk, and improve safety on construction sites.
  • Learn how professionals are addressing the challenges of developing a skilled workforce in an industry facing a labor shortage, and the importance of investing in workforce development and training initiatives to address this issue.
  • Discuss innovative financing models such as crowdfunding and opportunity zones, and how these approaches can be used to finance real estate projects in Jacksonville.
  • Understand the importance of community engagement and public input in the development process, particularly in underutilized or distressed areas of the city, including discussions around strategies for engaging with local communities, addressing concerns around gentrification, and developing properties that meet the needs of both developers and local residents.
  • Explore new and innovative ways to drive growth and development in Jacksonville while ensuring that the needs of all stakeholders are taken into account.

How You’ll Do More Business: Hear up-to-date information and insights on the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in the construction and development industry, helping you stay ahead of the competition and make more informed business decisions.

Who You’ll Meet: Network with top developers, contractors, and industry experts in Jacksonville, providing valuable connections and potential business opportunities.

Gunster attorney Julia Holden-Davis

Julia Holden Davis is a trial lawyer who serves on Gunster’s board of directors. She focuses her practice on the construction and transportation sectors. In addition to her trial experience, she assists clients in drafting and negotiating construction and design contracts. Julia advises clients regarding federal, state and local government issues, including evaluating requests for proposal/invitations to bid to establish risk profiles, as well as in complying with a broad variety of regulations such as subcontracting plans, wage requirements, joint venture limitations, licensing issues and ethics related matters.


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