Local Businesses Pledge $6M to Stimulate Job Growth, Capital Investment

   (3D Rendering of proposed     Coqui RadioPharmaceuticals manufacturing facility)

(3D Rendering of proposed Coqui RadioPharmaceuticals manufacturing facility)

Fifty-nine local businesses have pledged $6M to the Council for Economic Outreach’s five-year plan that will help to bring 3,500 new jobs and $250 million in Capital Investments to the Gainesville area.  The pledge, which doubled the last fundraising goal made in 2010, was announced at the CEO’S Investor Luncheon a few weeks ago.  However, Tim Giuliani, President and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce believes that more needs to be done to make the Transforming Greater Gainesville plan a reality.  Topics discussed at the luncheon centered on transforming the Alachua County education system “from cradle to career”.  Business leaders hope to finish 10 business development projects that will create 700 jobs each year.

The Chamber and CEO is hoping that the creation of an Agricultural Sciences Council, along with the already existing Advanced Manufacturing and Gainesville Technology Councils will help to stimulate local job growth.  The councils will work together to retain talent in the local Gainesville area and hope to keep startups from leaving the area.  Also announced at the luncheon was the creation of $256 million in capital investment projects and 292 jobs last year.  Most of this stems from plans by Coqui RadioPharmaceuticals to build a $250 million radioisotope manufacturing facility with 164 jobs in Alachua.  

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