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North Central Florida’s Business Climate

located in Gainesville floridaGovernment and business leaders are committed to economic growth aimed at maintaining Alachua County’s exceptional quality of life and its desirability as a business location.

The Gainesville area has a diversified labor force made up of more than 120,725 employees. Most of the county’s employment opportunities can be found in government, retail and service jobs. The University of Florida significantly impacts the local economy as Alachua County's largest employer with the health care industry a strong second for both employment and economic impact. Within the area’s diversified labor force, average education levels are significantly higher than state averages.

regional office located in Gainesville floridaA number of large corporations have located their corporate headquarters in the Gainesville area including Bear Archery, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of archery products, Shands HealthCare that operates a growing regional health care network and Regeneration Technologies Inc., a biotechnology company. Gainesville also is the home to the state headquarters of the Florida Farm Bureau, corporate offices of AvMed Health Plan and a regional office of Nationwide Insurance.

The innovative atmosphere in Gainesville is evident in the continued success of several companies that originated in Gainesville and have grown to be assets in our community. They include Suntec Paint, CH2M Hill, Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Barr Systems, Driltech Mission, Exactech, Fabco Air, Environmental Consulting & Technology.

engineering firm located in north central floridaThe University of Florida along with the city and county all work closely together as the area's principle employers. The University is also involved in the most profitable business of the area- agriculture. Among the products produced which provide the greatest revenue in the area are cattle and dairy products, poultry, vegetables, tobacco, corn and timber. Several state and federal agriculture agencies have headquarters in Gainesville and the whole state is served by the University's Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences through its extension offices and research and education centers.

Pursuing the latest in technology, our local companies bring together science and industry in a stimulating and profitable environment. University of Florida research has transferred technology from the laboratory to the market with more than $300 million each year in sponsored research funding. UF has proven to be a vital resource for existing business, helping to attract technology-driven companies to the area.

engineering firm located in Alachua countyAdditionally, contributions to the economic growth in Alachua County are made by film production. In the past several years, the community has become an increasingly popular site for filming movies, commercials and other projects. Gainesville has been the setting for such movies as Doc Hollywood, Cross Creek, Parenthood, Just Cause and Devil's Advocate.

Commercials for a national Saturn ad, AvMed Health Plan and ESPN have been shot here as well. The result is a lucrative influx of spending and investment in the area. Productions filmed here not only generate dollars in the area, but also provide employment opportunities for film industry professionals who reside in the area. Gainesville's year-round pleasant weather, varied "look," support services and community involvement make it the perfect place for production companies.

The Gainesville Council For Economic Outreach (CEO)
Council for Economic Outreach promotes development and diversification of Alachua CountyThe mission of the Council for Economic Outreach (CEO) is to promote the development and diversification of Alachua County as a regional center for quality employment opportunities.

Since 2001, the Gainesville Council for Economic Outreach has assisted companies in the creation of some 3,530 new jobs, $175 million in capital investments and more than 4.3 million in taxes. With assistance from CEO, these companies have captured $398,000 in state grants and incentives, primarily to train new and existing employees.

Over the past year, CEO has assisted 19 companies who were considering business expansion in the Gainesville and Alachua County area. When completed in the fall, the new SYSCO facility will be approximately 500,000 square feet in size and will include freezer, refrigeration, dry storage and office space. The redistribution center is the second of as many as nine planned facilities that eventually will encompass similar SYSCO warehouses throughout the United States as part of SYSCO’s Supply Chain Initiative project. SYSCO will hire approximately 300 employees to support this project.

The Technology Enterprise Center of Gainesville/Alachua County
Technology Enterprise Center of Gainesville/Alachua County is a technology incubator facilityThe Technology Enterprise Center of Gainesville/Alachua County (GTEC) is a technology incubator offering services to assist in the growth and survival of technology-based start-up and spin-off companies. The 30,000 square-foot economic development facilities is designed to allow new companies to achieve technology commercialization, create high-wage jobs, diversify the industrial sectors of the Gainesville/Alachua County community and increase the area’s private industry tax base.

The Center was funded in partnership with the City of Gainesville, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

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Alachua County Major Employers
Organization Number of Employees
University of Florida 12,297
Shands Hospital 8,225
Alachua County School Board 4,064
Florida Department of Children & Families 2,319
City of Gainesville 2,369
Publix Supermarkets 1,876
Santa Fe Community College 927
Veterans Affairs 1,627
North Florida Regional Medical Center 1,560
The Crom Corp 610
Nationwide Insurance 1,058
Alachua County Administrative Offices 860
Moltech Power Systems 700
U.S. Postal Services 604
AvMed 380
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare 340
Hunter Marine Corp. 325
Bell South 370
Tower Hill Insurance Group 340
Gator Dining Services 500
Dollar General 526
The Gainesville Sun 300
Florida Farm Bureau 280
University of Florida Athletic Association 261
Regeneration Technologies, Inc. 241
J.C.Penney Company 240
Archimica, Inc 234
CH2M Hill, Inc. 289
Driltech, Inc. 220
Metal Container Corporation 168
NationsBank 165
The North American Archery Group 150
Medical Manager 370
Campus USA Credit Union 137
Cox Communications 135
U.S. Cellular 130
First Union National Bank 120
Barr Systems, Inc. 114
Fabco-Air 113
ALLTEL Communications 100
Compass Bank 100 ESE. Inc. 100
 
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