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Top 10 Reasons to Live, Work and Invest in Gainesville, FL

You won't want to miss this list of reasons to make your move to Gainesville

By Livability.com on May 3, 2017

Gainesville, FL
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1. Diverse Economy 

Gainesville’s industry sectors have grown with the times of innovation and technology. Major sectors include: advanced manufacturing, education, health care, life sciences, IT, logistics, green technology and agriculture.

2. Higher Education

The University of Florida is one of the largest research universities in the country and ranks #9 on the 2018 Best Public Schools by U.S. News and World Report. In 2015, Santa Fe College was named in the top 10 of best community colleges by the Aspen Institute.

3. Talented Workforce

Nationally acclaimed colleges and universities sends a steady pipeline of workers into local companies. Residents hold 80 percent more master’s degrees and 15 more percent bachelor’s degrees than the national average.

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4. Startup Success

The region has the most business incubators per capita in the U.S. The University of Florida and Santa Fe College offer resources to help startups with training, workshops and mentorships.

5. Entrepreneurial Spirit

Small businesses thrive in Gainesville due in part to the area’s supportive business climate and resources available to entrepreneurs.

6. Innovation

Through the area’s iG (Innovation Gainesville) initiative, community leaders, stakeholders and government officials work to create jobs, promote the area, and bring in and retain successful businesses.

7. Collaboration and Leadership

The Gainesville Chamber, area schools and businesses, and the City of Gainesville work to develop a healthy business climate. The city’s Gross Metro Product totaled $13 billion in 2014.

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8. Proximity to Major Markets

Located in north central Florida, Gainesville’s offers easy access East Coast and Southeast markets.

9. Health Care

Gainesville is home to two of the state’s best medical centers – University of Florida Health and North Florida Regional Medical Center – and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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10. Superior Quality of Life

Mild year-round climates, six state parks, and arts and culture keep residents active and entertained. In 2013, Forbes ranked Gainesville in the Top 25 Best Places to Retire for its climate, things to do and low cost of living.

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