Gainesville Welcomes CurtCo Media to Innovation Square

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Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group is proud to have been a part of the recruitment efforts that brought CurtCo Media to Gainesville.

The newest addition to UF Innovation Square, CurtCo Media has received a warm welcome from the Gainesville community.

The publishing company, most known for the Robb Report, was greeted today by a large crowd at Ayers Technology Plaza across the street from the Florida Innovation Hub. Mayor Ed Braddy headlined a prominent list of speakers including CurtCo Media’s Dr. John Anderson, Senior Vice President of  the Digital Group, and David Arnold, Senior Vice President Publishing Director. Deans from the University of Florida and County Commissioners also made an appearance.

CurtCo’s relocation to the science and technology community is part of a plan for the company to develop its digital brand. They hope to collaborate with other Innovation Square companies and attract the world-class graduates from the University of Florida. The growth and relocation of companies like CurtCo to Innovation Square, however, will result in more than just technology and engineering jobs.

“The job growth an innovation economy inspires ranges all the way from the GED to the PhD,” said John Carlson, Chair of the Council for Economic Outreach (CEO), in front of the energetic audience in Ayers. The CEO is an economic development entity that aims to assist existing businesses through expansion, help grow new companies, and attract new opportunities to Alachua County. “The attraction and expansion of companies to Innovation Square, Gainesville, Alachua County and our entire region will create jobs throughout the economic spectrum.”

CurtCo Media publishes over 45 magazines catering to the ultra-luxury market. The company will be renting office space in the same building as Mobiquity, a mobile solutions and app company who was welcomed to Innovation Square early last month. The two organizations will be located in 237 at Innovation Square, a recently renovated building 1 block from the Florida Innovation Hub and Ayers Technology Plaza.

John Fleming is the managing partner at Trimark Properties, owner of 237 at Innovation Square and developer of the proposed Infusion Technology Center at UF Innovation Square, which will be located immediately west of the Florida Innovation Hub.

“This is a primary example of what Innovation Square offers companies. A publication company, hoping to expand its digital presence, moving in next to a company that’s mission is to create enterprise-class mobile solutions and apps,” said Fleming. “The synergy and cooperative environment at Innovation Square represents an opportunity for Gainesville to grow not only its economy, but its overall quality of life.”

CurtCo Media’s move to Gainesville accentuates the growth of the local economy and the success of the UF Innovation Square science and technology community.

“Just recently, a study was conducted that named Gainesville, Florida the 2nd fastest growing city in the United States,” said Carlson. “Of the top 20 highlighted, Gainesville ranked first in growth in median income and 2nd in percentage of employment growth. We are taking hold of our economic destiny here in Alachua County, and the results will only continue to grow.”

About CurtCo Robb Media, LLC

CurtCo Media serves the ultra-luxury market with a powerful regional, national, and international network of leading lifestyle publications, including Robb Report, Home & Style and Collection. Headquartered in Malibu, California, the Robb Report brand has its footprint in Russia, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Spain, India, among others. CurtCo Media has launched or acquired over 45 magazines since its founding over two decades ago. CurtCo Media’s publications address clearly identified vertical niches and create powerful brands. For more information, visit http://robbreport.com.

About Innovation Square

The vision for Innovation Square is an interactive community promoting the stimulation of discovery and the growth of a superior quality of life. Innovation Square is embodied by a proposed 40-acre development that will offer over five million square feet of high-tech offices, residences, shops, restaurants and more that connect the University of Florida with downtown Gainesville. Innovation Square seeks to accelerate the development of ideas by encouraging different disciplines to interact, ultimately changing the way we live, work, and play. For more about Innovation Square, visithttp://innovationsquare.ufl.edu/.

About Trimark Properties

A Gainesville-based real estate firm, Trimark Properties focuses on highly specialized, niche developments immediately adjacent to the University of Florida. Trimark’s portfolio is comprised of ultra-luxury boutique apartments near UF campus, houses including fully restored historic homes, private residence halls, high-tech research space, and the proposed Infusion Technology Center at UF Innovation Square. The eight-story Infusion Technology center will be the first privately-owned commercial real estate building within the core of Innovation Square, featuring over 150,000 square feet of customizable lab, research, retail, and office space. Since its founding in 1992, Trimark Properties remains committed to responsible growth through integrity and teamwork. Visit http://www.trimarkproperties.com to learn more.

 

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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