Economic yearbook 2011
Gainesville and Alachua County have weathered the recession better than most Florida communities thanks in part to continued hiring and tech-related spinoffs from the University of Florida.
ALACHUA COUNTY GOALS
Develop and attract new seed and venture capital funds.
Streamline business permitting processes.
Market the community to companies in the health technology and green technology industries.
|MSA||DEC. 2010||DEC 2009||% Change||Jobless Rate|
|Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation
|Homes Single-family, existing-home sales by Realtors|
|MSA||Jan. 2011 Sales||1-Year Change||Jan. 2011 Price||1-Year Change|
|Ocala||253||+25%||$71,500||-25%||Source: Florida Realtors|
|Alachua Population: 249,192|
|Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 0.92%|
|Population by Age:|
|Per Capita Income: $34,862|
University of Florida President Bernie Machen stands at the site of the Florida Innovation Hub at UF, which is under construction between campus and downtown. The 45,000-sq.-ft. facility is hoped to be a catalyst for startup companies based on UF technologies. The hub is part of a larger effort called Innovation Square, a 10-year master plan that will bring residential and commercial development to the 40-acre research park. [Photo: Eric Zamora]