Real Estate & Silicon Gainesville
One of the largest hurdles that Gainesville is going to face when revitalizing into a technology hub is a lack of a proper real estate foundation. Property companies like Trimark Properties have recognized this issue, and are working to solve the problems. Innovation Square is being built where the old AGH hospital used to stand, and is going to be the epicenter for a robust city-wide economic renaissance promoted by the state of Florida. Federal and state grants have been put aside for the Innovation Square's development, and the Florida Innovation Hub at UF has already been completed and is currently the first building in Innovation Square.
One of the benefits to the technology center is its location to the University of Florida. This puts these companies in the ideal location to use the resources that are provided by such a large and prominent public university. Companies have a lot to gain from being so close to the University of Florida. One of the most obvious is the employment pool. Companies with operations in Gainesville will have first pick at the talent pool of graduating seniors, along with access to esteemed professors, scientists, and business leaders working at UF.
Innovation Square will offer an abundance of businesses and resources to get a company off the ground. Operating as a "super incubator," Innovation Square will have Venture Capitalists, Patent Attorneys and Accountants with offices, creating an ideal "one-stop-shop" for getting a business off the ground floor.
The Infusion Technology Center
The Infusion Technology Center is not associated with the University of Florida, so technology that is developed within the building is not subject in any way to partnership with the University of Florida. Many entrepreneurs will find this to be a positive, as they are not interested in losing any unnecessary equity.