Economic yearbook 2011
Stepping up to the Plate
ROOKIE PLAYER: Innovation Gainesville — The new collaboration among business, academic and government leaders was established to market the local economy for emerging fields including biotechnology, healthcare and green technologies.
EMERGING STAR: Bren-Tronics Energy Systems — The maker of lithium-ion cells for rechargeable batteries took over an existing battery-manufacturing plant at the Phoenix Commercial Park in Alachua and is undergoing a $10-million upgrade that will help it expand and create 15 jobs.
HEAVY HITTER: Grooveshark — Gainesville online music-sharing company Grooveshark is poised to grow again this year, after a new partnership with internet radio company Livio Radio that aims to get Grooveshark into cars and homes.
Craig T. Davenport
Dorrie Hipschman, executive director, Cade Museum —
John Fleming, president, Trimark Properties — Trimark has developed apartments in Gainesville for years but now is looking to develop office and research sites surrounding Innovation Square.