3 of many reasons why Gainesville is the place to be

The city of Gainesville is talked about by outsiders as a small farm town that mostly profits from the revenues of a booming college population. Although there are farms in Gainesville, the city contains so much more than the average outsider can see. With numerous top rankings, Gainesville proves to be one of the best places to start a company, and a reputable area to live. Here are just three of the many reasons why Gainesville is the place to be.

1.    Gainesville boasts high rankings across the board
Studies based on livability, cultural offerings, school presence, and large employers, demonstrate Gainesville as the 11th best college town in America for 2014. The city was the 2nd fastest growing area in the nation from 2007-2011, and the need for young talent is ever growing. Entrepreneurs are also in high demand in the Gator Nation, with startups like Grooveshark and Student Maid setting and example and reminding the town of its capabilities. 

2.    The Gator Nation has something for everyone
Although Gainesville is well known for its downtown and night life, the town has entertainment for all age groups, and is a great place to raise a family. Alachua County also provides many outdoor amenities from botanical gardens, to Bat Houses, and from Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park to Lake Wauburg. Florida sporting events are also great for the family and a way of life here in the swamp. 

3.    The area’s business climate makes Gainesville perfect for start-ups
More and more universities are trying to foster innovation into their school culture. With the University offering plenty of opportunities for creative thinking, University of Florida shapes young minds to create a respectable environment for Gainesville’s start up culture. A clear example of this is Kristen Hadeed, a UF graduate who started Student Maid in 2010. Recently, Hadeed paired up with the co-founder of Grooveshark to generate an app that helped her save 14 hours each week. With this time, Hadeed will be able to expand her business even further. With students like Kristen graduating from University of Florida every year, Gainesville is prepared to support a culture for new business, as well as growing small businesses in the area.

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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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