JAX Chamber and Community First Credit Union Announce Community First Saturdays in Downtown Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2012)– The  JAX Chamber and Community First Credit Union of Florida announce Community First Saturdays in Downtown Jacksonville, a new monthly event held along the Downtown Riverwalk directly behind the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts.

The event, which launches Saturday, Oct. 6, will feature family-friendly activities while showcasing vibrant Downtown Jacksonville. Guests will enjoy the beautiful and accessible St. Johns River and participate in activities with an overall emphasis on health and wellness.

“I applaud Community First Credit Union and the JAX Chamber for this new partnership to strengthen the heartbeat of our Downtown,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “Community First Saturdays is an opportunity to reacquaint all of Jacksonville with the charm of the city center while also introducing Downtown to new friends and families from all around the region. We are stronger together, and what we’re seeing is a positive step shared by many community leaders to build a stronger core to benefit our entire city.”

Held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, October through June, the event offers yoga, tai chi and other fitness classes along the river. Community First Saturdays also provides bike tours, eco-tours on the St. Johns River and self-guided tours of Downtown attractions. While there is ample free parking Downtown, participants are encouraged to visit the event by boat, bike, board and Riverwalk. Food vendors, including some of Jacksonville’s popular food trucks and local restaurants, will offer a variety of cuisine and the Finish Line Bar will serve craft beer and wine with café seating along the river.

“At Community First, we strive to improve the quality of life where we live, work and play, and we are excited to partner with the Chamber on an event that promotes both Downtown and a healthy lifestyle,” said John Hirabayashi, president and CEO of Community First Credit Union. “To demonstrate our support for its success, we have signed a three-year commitment as the title sponsor for Community First Saturdays.”

While the event will feature plenty of activities and entertainment each month, the goal is also to create synergy between other Downtown events and venues. The JTA Skyway will provide service on Community First Saturdays to encourage people to visit nearby venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and the Jacksonville Public Library. The water taxi will also provide transportation around Downtown, including stops at the Riverside Arts Market and Jacksonville Landing.

The development of Community First Saturdays was spearheaded by Tony Allegretti, who was recently hired by the JAX Chamber as Director of Downtown Engagement, a new position created specifically to enhance the urban core and engage members in Downtown activities.

“Developing Downtown Jacksonville is essential for the Jacksonville region’s future success and a top priority for the Chamber,” said Wally Lee, president of the JAX Chamber. “We are thrilled with the progress Tony has made and look forward to even more good things to come in Downtown.”

More information about Community First Saturdays can be found online via Facebook at and Twitter @Community1stSaturday.

Organizations or business that are interesting in becoming involved with Community First Saturdays can contact Tony Allegretti at (904) 366-6695 or

About JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to work, live and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.


About Community First Credit Union 

Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving over 105,000 members and with assets exceeding $1 billion. Community First has 16 locations and about 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast.


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