The vision of the JXN Tech District is to create a city within a city; a true microcosm of excellence, entrepreneurship, art, and technology. At the heart of its vision JXN Tech District will promote innovation, equity, regenerative design, and cultural responsiveness. These principles are the core values driving its design and development.
JXN Tech District brings nearly 800,000 square feet of commercial, residential, and mixed-use development to downtown Jackson. The district includes a maker's space, an electronics and robotics lab, a creative arts center, photography studio, apartments, restaurants, parking garage and a grocery store.
equity + innovation
JXN Tech District will be a location, project and community that embraces the equality and value of every person. The District will not be an upper-class or exclusionary environment, but instead, a place where the warm richness of southern hospitality will transcend racial, cultural and demographic boundaries and through design help to heal the wounds of historic injustices. Being a tech district means that this project will challenge limiting beliefs, capacities, and push the long-term trends of investment in the region.
JXN Tech District is rooted in innovation, equity, and regenerative principles, which are intricately woven together through a diverse cultural lens, bringing new meaning to the cultural heritage of Mississippi and serving as a vehicle to bridging the tech gap in the state.
Nashlie Sephus, Ph.D., is a Jackson, Mississippi native who works as an applied scientist at Amazon in artificial intelligence. In 2016, Sephus and the co-founders of Partpic, a visual recognition technology company, sold the startup to Amazon after Nashlie assisted Partpic in developing the startup’s visual recognition algorithms and prototypes.
The Bean Path, a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Jackson, Mississippi, partnered with local libraries in Fall 2018 to provide free technical expertise and guidance to individuals and small businesses in the community. With a mission to upskill working residents and enrich employment opportunities that enhance local economic-mobility and bridge the digital-divide, Bean Path has impacted more than individuals in Mississippi and across the U.S.
Renderings of future Tech District
Renderings of project credited to JBHM Architecture