There’s a great spirit alive and flourishing in Jacksonville. People and organizations are constantly seeking ways to make Jacksonville a better city, whether it be through donating money to local causes, helping Jacksonville become more bike-friendly, raising financial literacy, supporting local artists or even making Jacksonville a hotspot by booking the best acts at a local venue.
Our selection committee considered a massive list of notable organizations and individuals that are striving to improve our community. After much discussion we quickly discovered there are far too many amazing stories to limit to one edition, so EU plans to continue this column to appear throughout the year. Our initial selections offer a variety of colorful and interesting people and projects that are clearly making significant contributions toward improving Jacksonville.

Where heart meets art: Joanelle Mulrain
Joe Schwarz and Players by the Sea
A legacy in bloom: Joseph A. Strasser
Bike jacksonville: Matt Uhrig
New media influencers: Metro Jacksonville
Delicious learning: Pastor Clinton Bush
Making the music scene better: Tim Hall
One foot after another, from feet to football: Wayne Weaver