Research funded by Visit Jacksonville and conducted by a research team from the University of North Florida has concluded that visitors from outside the Jacksonville community accounted for a $1.8 million economic impact during One Spark, the world's crowdfunding festival held in April.
More than 12,000 votes were cast but there could only be five first place winners for the crowd-funding portion of the festival. They were announced from the pitch stage in Heming Plaza as event closed on Sunday.
One Spark organizers announced the names of the creators in each category who have seen the biggest surge in votes from day to day. Those votes will help creators take home prize money to further develop their ideas.