Based on a recommendation of the Amelia Island Conference in June of 1974, on December 10, 1974, the Jacksonville Council on Citizen Involvement (JCCI), with the guidance of the esteemed civic leader, J. J. Daniel, initiated a process of serving as a neutral convener for the expression of diverse perspectives on important issues confronting the community. While the organization changed its name to Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. in 1978, it retained the commonly accepted "JCCI" and continued to sponsor numerous in-depth studies of issues impacting the civic life of Jacksonville and the adjacent counties. Data based recommendations became the catalyst for community action. It gained national recognition for its "Quality of Life Indicators Reports. Over the years, JCCI produced a multitude of reports and studies involving several hundred concerned citizens.
After forty years, factors related to the Great Recession induced the Board of Directors to place JCCI into a dormant status. On February 22, 2021 The Florida Times-Union ran an editorial calling for the return of JCCI. Within one day, a group of concerned citizens reactivated the organization. An organizational meeting of the Board of Directors occurred on April 6, 2021.
As Jacksonville rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1901, JCCI also has returned to provide an independent voice of concerned residents expressing their thoughts about the vital issues of the day.