Gainesville is the recipient of Insurify’s 2020 award for the Top STEM City in Florida.
Award winners were selected for their stellar track record in supporting science, technology, engineering, and math, through both education and employment. Insurify analyzed communities in each state for the strength of STEM within their schools and workforces; as well as to the rate of diversity in STEM professionals. The top cities were identified through a proprietary scoring algorithm incorporating data from Insurify, an insurance comparison platform, and Niche.
“Not only is Greater Gainesville is a hotbed for innovation in the STEM fields – Collaboration between the private sector and universities brought us to another level during the coronavirus pandemic by working together to find solutions for the community and the world,” Greater Gainesville Chamber CEO Eric Godet said. “We have a lot to be proud of, and we want the world to know that we have the talent, opportunity and place for the future of STEM in our backyard.”
This award validates the effectiveness of the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s efforts to create 21st century opportunities for the people and businesses of our region through collaborative partnerships around technology, science, talent and more. Our region’s legacy of success in STEM is evident on many fronts, from early childhood education to the commercialization of research and technology at the University of Florida, to the capability for rapid response to the talent needs of industry at Santa Fe College, to a thriving biotech hub fueled by award-winning incubators. These and other assets are foundational to Greater Gainesville’s continued success in growing in its potential as an international hub for talent, innovation and opportunity.
“In a year such as this one when advancements in science, technology, and medicine are paramount to our health and security, we are honored to show our support for these exemplary communities,” said Snejina Zacharia, CEO of Insurify. “This award goes to one city in every state whose residents and institutions are at the forefront of innovation and education in STEM.”