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Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting Attendees Receive Industry Perspective, Development Updates

Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting Attendees Receive Industry Perspective, Development Updates

advmanThe Chamber last week released its 2015 State of the Regional Manufacturing Sector Report during the Third Quarter General Meeting of its Advanced Manufacturing Council. After opening remarks from Council Chair Kathy Hellriegel—who is the site manager at Sandvik Mining and Construction—the nearly 50 guests heard a situation assessment of the current industry in comparison with data from the last report, which was released in 2013. For example, where 20% of Gainesville’s manufacturers considered their primary market to be international in 2013, now 42% of the region answered that they primarily do business on an international scale.

Manufacturing report cover4The Report’s new data, along with public policy developments and initiatives and a community report card guided the Chamber in setting new recommendations for strengthening its manufacturing community. Each of the manufacturers surveyed for the report were honored with an award for their time and service. To view the full report click here. To read the Gainesville Sun’s article on the report, click here.

After receiving a Report overview, attendees received presentations including the latest information related to three of the area’s game-changing developments: Hatchet Creek, Celebration Pointe, and Envision Alachua.

Hatchet Creek’s Clay Sweger described the more than 100 acres of land in North East Gainesville set to be zoned as business industrial. With easy access to the Gainesville Regional Airport and multiple major highways, this land would be an ideal location for new and established manufacturing companies.

Representing Celebration Pointe, Rick Cain from Front Street Commercial Real Estate spoke provided updates on the new development just West of Interstate 75 off Archer Road. Featuring Bass Pro Shops, Regal Cinemas, Info Tech, and Hotel Indigo this new development will also include 45,000 square feet of class-A office space.

Rose Fagler gave the evening’s final presentation about Envision Alachua, the area’s many assets as well as plans for future development in East Gainesville. To learn more about why Alachua County does not have to choose between the economy and the environment, visit

The meeting wrapped up with a question and answer panel from the three key speakers who engaged members of the manufacturing community and answered their questions about the future of Gainesville. Be sure to join the Advanced Manufacturing Council at their Fourth Quarter General Meeting on November 10 as it celebrates a partnership with Santa Fe College.

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