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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- UF Gator100 Names Front Street #10 Fastest-Growing Gator-Owned Business! by Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group
- The 50 Best College Towns In America by Best College Reviews
- UF grad who founded Student Maid is working toward ‘a bigger purpose’ by The Gainesville Sun
- University paves new path for entrepreneurs by USA Today