Why Gainesville


Why Choose Gainesville

Gainesville, Florida is a leading location in the US for science and technology companies with specialists in R&D, nanotech, IT, pharmaceuticals, clean/green tech, gaming/software development, e-learning, pervasive computing, biotech/life sciences and more. It's more than a place to do business. It's a place to grow, invent, and thrive.

Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, one of the nation's leading research universities and premier healthcare systems. UF has an overall impact of $8.76 billion on Florida each year and provides more than 106,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

#1 for Transferring Research Discoveries to the Marketplace

  • The University of Florida is the #1-ranked public university for transferring research discoveries to the marketplace. (Milken Institute, 2006)
  • UF TechConnect clients have garnered over $500 million in private investment and created over 500 high tech jobs in the past seven years
  • Top 50 Best Places to Live & Launch (Fortune Small Business Magazine)
  • Top 50 Best Places for Businesses & Careers the last 4 years (Forbes.com)
  • Four of Alachua County's high schools are included in Newsweek's 2010 list of America's Best High Schools
  • Students in Alachua County public schools earn the highest SAT scores in the state, well above national averages
  • Projected to have the highest percentage growth of creative class jobs in the nation over the next decade

Gainesville's Status Continues to Rise

Gainesville has evolved over time such that it is a highly livable, walkable, adaptable and sustainable community, and it will continue to strengthen these characteristics into the 21st century.

Businesses are launched in Gainesville and many move here for the same reason: this is a smart city. In fact, you'll find us among the Top 25 of the Smartest Cities in America, according to Forbes.com. Popular Science Magazine has named Gainesville the Top Tech City in Florida. Florida Trend has ranked Gainesville #2 "Hot Spots for Research in Florida".

Gainesville is home to UF, one of the nation's leading research universities and premier healthcare systems. The city attracts innovative young companies, as well as aspiring young talent. Next Generation Consulting, a marketing research firm, cited Gainesville among its 10 Hotspots for Young Professionals to Live & Work. And Alachua County is listed among the Top 100 Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance.

"College students used to leave after graduation but now have options to stay and make a living," - Hiro Leung, owner of Dragonfly Sushi and Saki Company.

In the Top 25 Smartest Cities in the US

Gainesville has been included in Forbes Magazine rankings for "The Smartest Cities in America", "Best Small Places: Educations Attainment", and "Best Places for Business and Careers". Amazon.com ranked Gainesville as the #8 "Most Well-Read Cities in America". Home to one of the nation’s leading public research universities, the University of Florida, and one the Southeast’s premier healthcare systems, Shands HealthCare, Gainesville offers some of the nation’s top academic institutions.

More than 39% of Gainesville residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree, 15% higher than the national average. Gainesville is home to more technology incubators per capita than any other city in the U.S., which has allowed UF to become the #1 public institution for bringing research breakthroughs to the marketplace. Some of our nation’s finest minds are learning in Gainesville, preparing to change the world.

Why Your Employees Want to Work Here

Ranked "#1 Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine, it is no surprise why your employees want to work in Gainesville, Florida. Amazing weather, minimal commute times, education advancement opportunities, and access to quality of healthcare are just a few of the many reasons Gainesville is the optimal work environment for employees of start-up, fast-growing and established companies.

At Innovation Square:
  • 10+ coffee shops within a 1/2 mile radius, many within walking distance of Innovation Square
  • Indoor and outdoor dining with an eclectic collection of restaurants, coffee shops, and casual dining establishments
  • Easy access to restaurants, banks, and hotels
  • Convenient shopping
  • Located less than 1 mile from the award-winning Mark Bostick Golf Course at UF, a 6701-yard, par-70 course that underwent a $4 million renovation in 2001
  • Live where you work – Gainesville features new and historical neighborhoods near Innovation Square
  • A welcoming population: highly educated, young, professional, hip, and hospitable
  • Opportunities for advanced degree programs for employees
  • Continuing education while working: with UF just 2 blocks from the building, many working professionals can continue their education through numerous certifications, Masters, MBA, and PHD programs at one of the nation’s top ranked universities
  • 11 daycare centers within 10 miles
In Gainesville:
  • #1 “Best Places to Live”, Money Magazine (1995)
  • #1 “Best Commutes in Florida” (#19 in U.S), Census.gov (2012)
  • #2 “Best Cities to Find a Date in 2012,” The Daily Beast (2012)
  • #7 “Top 10 U.S. metro areas for the percentage of workers who commute to work by bicycle,” Florida Trend (2012)
  • #10 “Hotspots for Young Professionals to Live and Work”, Next Generation Consulting (2009)

Quality of Life, Culture and Community

Ever on the move, Gainesville continues to build on its rich history and tradition, and the myriad resources of the city that have produced one of the premiere education and research environments in the world, as well as a great place to live. Guided by the Chamber of Commerce and city officials, Gainesville initiated a revitalization effort, transforming a typical college town into an energized, tech-transfer city. From adding greenway areas, to reconstruction of historic buildings, to encouraging a sustainable design-build-maintain Green infrastructure, Gainesville is successfully meeting the desire for livability, walkability, adaptability, and sustainability––the very principles that cultivate innovation. 

Gainesville dedication to quality of life is evident in the downtown area. Downtown Gainesville is a place to gather with friends and family, enjoy green spaces, walk beneath the canopy of live oaks, and dine alfresco meal at one of the many outdoor cafes. Along with upscale shops and boutiques, Gainesville has multiple art galleries to visit, and several performing arts venues, where you can enjoy live theater, ballet, symphony, or choir presentations. Residents can enjoy the Florida Museum of Natural History and the highly-rated Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. There’s the historic, state-renowned Hippodrome Theatre for the thespian enthusiast. Plus Gainesville holds several festivals throughout the year, including arts festivals, a jazz festival, and even a medieval fair.

Ranked in Sperling's Top 10 "Best Places for Outdoor Activities"; Gainesville might just be the dream destination for the outdoor enthusiast.  With world-class fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, diving and kayaking, there's always plenty to do on the water, and there are many lakes, rivers, streams and tributaries within and around Gainesville.  On land, Gainesville residents and visitors enjoy scenic hiking, biking, fishing, jogging, and pretty much everything else under the sun.  It's all made possible by Mother Nature herself.  For those looking for a more in depth view of nature, The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo allows for an up close look at the wildlife.  Visitors to the teaching zoo can enjoy student-led tours of what working with zoo animals is all about.  Other nature lovers may prefer the 6400sqft Butterfly Rainforest located at the UF Museum of Natural History. At the Butterfly Rainforest, visitors stroll through the giant screened, outdoor enclosure with tropical plants and hundreds of living butterflies.

Gainesville also boasts abundant parks like Paynes Prairie, the San Felasco Hammock Preserve and Devil's Millhopper.  These are three of many such places that offer incredible sanctuary to wildlife, while generously providing people activities that simply don't exist anywhere else.  With rolling hills, sinkholes, lakes, upland forests, hammock and prairie, the landscape in and around Gainesville has always been a natural playground.  Come explore our outdoors. Gainesville has 224 days of sunshine annually (the U.S. average is 205), the perfect weather to enjoy 146+ miles of jogging and biking trails, 4 lakes within 10 miles, 40 nature parks within 50 miles.

  • #1 “Best Commutes in Florida” (#19 in U.S.), Census.gov (2011)
  • #7 “Greenest Cities in America,” DailyBeast.com (2011)
  • #8 “Happiest Cities,” Gallup (2011)
  • #16 “America’s Top Bike-Friendly Cities,” Bicycling Magazine (2010)
  • Top 10 “Best Places for Outdoor Activities,” Sperling’s Best Places (2005)
  • UF's varsity sports teams have won twenty-six national team championships, twenty-one of which are NCAA titles, and Gator athletes have won 239 individual national championships

Access to unparalleled education and quality healthcare come with the territory of being a Gainesville resident. Alachua County schools rated “A” with 27 elementary, middle and high schools. Shands ranked 35th nationwide out of nearly 900 for quality of cancer care and North Florida ranked 22nd for gynecology in the nation.

Ranked # 8 "Happiest Cities," by Gallup, Gainesville is known for it's low cost of living. The average home price is only $190,043; compare to the national average of $272,900. Gainesville residents enjoy access to quality education and healthcare. Alachua County includes 27 elementary, middle and high schools "A"-rated schools. Shands Hospital is ranked 35th nationwide out of nearly 900 for quality of cancer care and North Florida ranked 22nd for gynecology in the nation.


Small Town. Big City.

Gainesville was ranked #1 “Best Commutes in Florida” (#19 in U.S.), by the United States Census Bureau . A short, two-minute walk from both the University and downtown, Innovation Square’s location satisfies citizen’s desire for livable and walkable town, and supports the vision of Innovation Square as a place where interaction and collaboration is a way of daily life. It's no surprise Gainesville was ranked #1 commute time in Florida by the U.S. Census Bureau. Gainesville is a short drive to Gainesville Regional Airport, Jacksonville International Airport, 2 coastlines, numerous beaches and many big cities including Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Atlanta.


Within 3 Mile Radius:

  • Total Businesses: 3,710
  • Total Employees: 86,123
  • Total Residential Population: 82,409
  • Employee/Residential Population Ratio: 1.05

Within 15 Minute Drive-Time Radius

  • Total Businesses: 7,225
  • Total Employees: 126,247
  • Total Residential Population: 169,191
  • Employee/Residential Population Ratio: 0.75

Why Choose Infusion Technology Center


  • Located in Gainesville’s high-density, centrally-located business district
  • Companies gain an impressive image boost for being associated with Innovation Square; increased customer perception and instant credibility
  • Urban setting in a highly visible, collaborative research center
  • 2 blocks from the heart of the UF campus
  • Walking distance to classrooms, research labs, libraries, faculty buildings and more
  • Brand new building with fully customizable wet lab, dry lab, and office/admin space
  • State-of-the-art technical design for maximum energy efficiency
  • Specifically engineered for laboratory success View Additional Building Specs

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