The Mayor's Intensive Care Neighborhoods Program is an initiative to improve long-neglected neighborhoods in the City of Jacksonville. The process coordinates local government, the school system, non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and residents to not only identify and prioritize problems but also to work together to solve them.
In April 1996, Major John Delaney announced the four areas that were chosen to receive "Intensive Care" in six categories: education, infrastructure/city services, public safety, social services, housing and community development. The neighborhoods were chosen because of their low-achieving schools, poor housing conditions, high crime rate and high unemployment.
Success of the program - which was to include no increase in the city's budget - depended on two factors: