Jacksonville’s colleges and universities have an important role in developing an educated and available workforce for Northeast Florida.

But they’re also taking an active role in creating a vibrant Downtown environment, leaders of Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville said Thursday at an Economic Roundtable of Jacksonville forum.

All three institutions opened new Downtown education centers in the past two years that are within walking distance of each other.

“We’re not dispersed around Downtown,” FSCJ Interim President Kevin Hyde said at the luncheon event at JU’s Davis College of Business.

“It really can become an education corridor,” he said.

FSCJ opened a dormitory at 20 W. Adams St. last year with 58 apartment-style units and a restaurant called

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