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In our February newsletter, we introduced the 2020 Economic Development Committee Leadership Team, introduced COLLABORATE 2025 and highlighted some key developments in our region including:
- Santa Fe College broke ground on the 86,311 square-foot Blount Center on October 9th.
- Lacerta Therapeutics, Inc .– a clinical-stage gene therapy company–acquired $30 million in a recent investment round.
- Thermo Fisher Scientific announced a $6 million expansion of a viral vector manufacturing facility.
- Captozyme merged with Arranta Bio on November 13 th , 2019 to form a microbiome therapy-focused CDMO that supports clients from early-stage process development through cGMP clinical supply to commercialization.
- Infinite Energy broke ground on a new 33,740 square foot building to expand their operations in the Greater Gainesville Region.
- EtextRX announced on December 10th that their novel ingestible event marker received FDA clearance, paving the way for their expanding influence on future medical technology.
- North Florida Regional Medical Center invested in a $90 million project includes three new stories atop the South Tower and an 850-parking spot garage.
- Sinmat announced o n January 10th that it was acquired by chemicals and materials giant Entegris for $75 million cash.
- Feathr on January 15th announced a successful round of fundraising. The Gainesville-born software company raised $15 million in their series B funding round..
- UF Health is constructing a 139,000-square-foot health care center in the Oaks Mall.
- GNV Airport recently broke ground on a new terminal expansion amounting to $16 million in regional investment.
- Dave and Busters began construction of the new 19,000 square-foot stand-alone building Celebration Pointe that will provide new jobs for the community.
- The Gators new Baseball Stadium has been approved by the University Athletic Association. This $65 million construction project will begin June 2020.
- The City of Gainesville unveiled the driverless shuttles for their inaugural test ride starting in downtown Gainesville.The shuttle will operate on a pre-planned route starting on Southwest 2nd Avenue and ending on UF’s campus.
- Gainesville is recognized as Tree City of the World. You can read more here.