21. December 2012 15:01
We would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday!
Over the past 100+ years, Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish has been dedicated to being the number one real estate firm in Alachua and surrounding counties. Thank you all for your support and continuing to trust in us for all your real estate needs. Happy Holidays from the whole team at Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors!
19. December 2012 13:28
Article Published by:
The Business Report of North Central Florida
By Chris Eversole
December 18, 2012
If you thought that 2012 was a busy year for Alachua County economy, brace yourself for 2013.
Business and government leaders see even more economic activity ahead in the next year than occurred in the past year.
“There’s lots on the table that’s falling into place,” says Mitch Glaeser, the incoming chairman of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re seeing results of many people with different interests working together for huge successes.”
The Business Report is summarizing the forecast for the coming year regarding the following topics:
- Major business expansion. New projects are expected across the county, no matter where you turn. For example, Alachua-based Nanotherapeutics is awaiting to hear if it wins a $400 million, 10-year federal contract to develop and manufacture pharmaceuticals. In addition, new industry is considering coming as far east as Plum Creek’s land near Hawthorne and as far west as a 150-acre parcel in Archer.
- New real estate development. Construction is planned to begin on the 10-story University Corners project scheduled to University Avenue and 13th Street. Meanwhile, plans are being completed for the 100-acre expansion of Butler Plaza. Final designs will be unveiled for the adjacent projects of Springhills and Santa Fe Village, located north of Santa Fe College, which eventually could add 4,000 residential units and 1.7 million square feet of commercial and office space.
- Expansion of economic opportunities. East of South Main Street, the City of Gainesville expects to continue work on Depot Park and to add more companies to the “Power District,” the 16-acre site that previously housed GRU’s equipment and warehouses. In East Gainesville, officials are working on attracting new business, including ones housed in the Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center on Hawthorne and areas around the Gainesville Regional Airport.
- Biomass plant. As work on the new biomass power plant is being completed, GRU officials are working on ways to keep the impact on rates as low as possible and to sell excess generating capacity to another power company.
- Addressing transportation needs. High on the priorities of city, county and community leaders is developing a shared vision for improving transportation—one that voters will agree to fund by taxing themselves.
- Leadership changes. The University of Florida will welcome a new president. Voters will have the chance to elect the Gainesville mayor. The county commission will select a new manager, due to the upcoming retirement of County Manager Rick Drummond. The city will hire a new director for the Community Redevelopment Agency, due to resignation of Director Kelly Fisher, who is leaving because of her husband’s relocation.
Click here to read the full article by The Business Report of North Central Florida.
18. December 2012 09:44
2013 UF Bergstrom Center Gainesville Real Estate Forum
January 24 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at Gainesville Woman's Club
Advanced Registration for $10 entry is now open for the 2013 UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Forum. Seating is capped at 250 so register early.
This year will be the best yet. We have a smaller panel, two moderators working the crowd, planted audience questions, and a new venue! We'll be fully covering residential and commercial real estate.
CLICK HERE to open the two page flyer and to register
CLICK HERE for Facebook page and more info on the event.
10. December 2012 09:17
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Click on the following link for the "Leader Insight" interview with Jim Doughton. This month’s Coldwell Banker Commercial “Leader Insight” interview is with Jim Doughton, Publisher of the Gainesville Sun.
-His history in the newspaper business and how he got started in media.
-How he became publisher for 8 different newspapers all over the southeast when usually a person only handles one.
-When he has a minute to breathe, what does he do for fun?
-At a time when most newspapers are getting smaller, the parent company, Halifax, is buying more newspapers. What does Halifax know that other companies don't?
-How Jim sees the print newspaper industry evolving over the next 10 years?
-Whether Jim fears that the world is becoming less literate because of the proliferation of technology?
-What he thinks North Florida's biggest challenges in the next few years are?
-What he thinks makes Gainesville and Alachua County such a great place to live and work?
Jim can be reached at email@example.com
7. December 2012 16:19
Thank you to all that participated in the 2nd Annual Mustache Monday!
We grew mustaches and raised money for the American Cancer Society, ya can’t beat that! A special thanks to The Hope Lodge residents who voted this year for the Mustache Monday Champion!
2012 Mustache Monday Champion
Most $$$ raised!
Way to go guys!!! To see the all the entries click here.
7. December 2012 09:03
We wanted to share the updated list of the area’s hottest holiday events.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
December 7, 2012Light Up the Village Night!
Haile Village Center (SW 91st Terrace)
December 7, 2012North Florida Regional Medical Center Holiday Pond Lighting
50,000 lights and Santa Visit
December 7, 2012- December 15, 2012Tioga Town Center
Special Holiday events every Friday and Saturday 6-8pm
December 8, 201230th Annual Hawthorne Christmas Festival
(Delayed until further notice)The Plaza Ice Palace
Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Community Plaza
December 7, 2012Jingle Bell Ball at Thomas Center
December 9, 201216th Annual Holiday Traditions: A Musical Celebration
STOP! Children’s Cancer
December 14th, 15th, 16th, 2012Christmas @ Coon Hollo in Micanopy
December 15th, 2012Newberry Festival of Lights
December 31, 2012"Downtown Countdown" New Year's Eve Celebration
Bo Diddley Community Plaza
6. December 2012 10:22
Gainesville, Florida is presenting a bright new face to the world with the launch of GainesvilleConnect.com, a unified web portal designed to entice and welcome new businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. While Gainesville attracts national attention for its burgeoning renaissance as a center for technology and innovation, a slew of local leaders championed the need for a stronger web presence. Over 25 organizations and businesses representing the cutting edge of local economic development have supported creation of GainesvilleConnect.com and have pledged to use it as their online recruitment tool.
Hardly a week goes by without Gainesville receiving yet another accolade. The city has received rankings in everything from top tech city in Florida, a top ten city for livability, and best place to start a band. Nevertheless, institutions as diverse as the University of Florida (UF)—one of the nation's top public research institutions—to local start-up companies have been hampered in their ability to recruit and retain the employees they need. In spite of having captured the world's attention, Gainesville wasn't telling its own story.
“We are an Eden. We’re lush and fertile with both biodiversity and intellectual activity. We’re lucky we’re the size town we are. In many ways, small is powerful because of the concentration of talent, energy and cooperation," says Patti Breedlove, the associate director of UF's Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator. Over the last three years leaders participating in the iG (Innovation Gainesville) framework identified communication as a key need. In order to continue the growth of start-up companies and quality new jobs; new tools were needed to let potential entrepreneurs and investors know about Gainesville's high quality of life and skilled population.
Rather than outsource creation of the new website they turned to Florida's Eden, a local non-profit with ten years of experience in community development. “We are at the dawn of a renaissance that will benefit everyone in this community,” notes Annie Pais, Executive Director of Florida's Eden. “One of the hallmarks of our community is the concentration of creative talent that lives here, and we are inviting everyone to take part in telling our story through GainesvilleConnect.com.”
Florida's Eden and iG also wanted to hear from recent arrivals. Focus groups from diverse demographics offered consensus on the attractions of the area—friendliness, serenity, educational excellence, and an exciting urban/rural blend of world-class culture and night life along with easy access to wilderness and outdoor recreation. They also offered detailed insights into things they would have appreciated when researching the area—tools that have been incorporated into GainesvilleConnect.com. Indeed, the site lives up to its name, serving as the entrance to a one stop shop for scores of organizations and resources that make Alachua County and Gainesville a remarkable place to live, learn, work, play, create and thrive.
Economist Richard Florida notes that a hallmark of the global economy is the ability of talented employees to choose to live anywhere in the world. In 2012 Richard Florida ranked Gainesville among “America’s Leading Creative Class Metros.” No stranger to recruiting top level athletes, Gainesville has now turned its attention to putting the city on the map as a global idea center that has zealously retained a high quality of life. “From the natural landscapes to the cultural offerings to the beloved restaurants and haunts, Gainesville is like no other,” explains Michael Blachly, Director, and University of Florida Performing Arts. “The beauty of GainesvilleConnect is that it is 'one stop shopping' for those who may be considering making the city their new home and for residents who may have forgotten the gems that lie just off the beaten path.”
For more information contact: Annie W. Pais, Executive Director, Florida's Eden
4. December 2012 10:53
Recently many individuals considering purchasing a home with prior sinkhole damage and/or real estate agents attempting to sell a home with prior sinkhole damage have approached our agency with questions regarding homeowners insurance in Florida.
Although it is possible to obtain homeowners insurance for a home with prior sinkhole damage, it is likely that your only insurance carrier option will be Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Citizens insurance was created by the state of Florida to serve as a last resort for Florida homeowners who cannot otherwise obtain insurance from private carriers.
To read the entire blog and to learn what steps need to be taken in order to verify the property’s eligibility, click here.
Blog post submitted by McGriff-Williams Insurance, firstname.lastname@example.org, (352)371-7977
4. December 2012 09:33
Our own Ralph and Bonnie Cameron coordinated a Gainesville group to participate in a GPD-escorted motorcycle ride to deliver gifts to underprivileged children in Ocala in the 14th Annual Toy Run. Realtors Jeff Derus and Annette Armstrong joined in for the ride and fun.
Click here to view video.