Two Greater Gainesville, FL Counties Named a TechHire Community by the White House

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Alachua and Bradford Counties – both located in Florida’s Greater Gainesville region – have been designated as a TechHire community by the White House due to collaborative efforts between the government, local universities and institutions, and companies for job training and work placement.

Gainesville is propelled by research, business, and having a smart, young and creative class that thrives on innovation. Being designated a TechHire community increases our overall competitiveness as we grow existing businesses and attract new companies.

The White House has announced Alachua and Bradford Counties – both located in Florida’s Greater Gainesville region – together as one of the nation’s latest TechHire communities. Greater Gainesville joins a network of 70 TechHire communities across the country receiving support to “bring new jobs to local economies, facilitate business growth, and give local residents a pathway into the middle class,” according to the official news release. Cited among reasons for the region’s selection as a TechHire community is the collaboration among the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe College, CareerSource of North Central Florida (CSNCFL), and the Gainesville Dev Academy to train and place at least 300 individuals into programming and app development with companies such as MindTree, NextGen, SharpSpring, Verigo, Immersed Games, and more by 2020.

“As tech companies continue to thrive in Greater Gainesville, the region’s need for a robust pool of skilled candidates will only heighten,” said Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Susan Davenport. “This new designation demonstrates that the collaborative efforts of Greater Gainesville’s innovative tech community, world-class education institutions, and top-tier workforce partners to leverage tech jobs to create economic opportunities are not only working, they are leading.”

Greater Gainesville’s new TechHire designation heightens the economic development proposition of the region, which is also home to the University of Florida – ranked recently by U.S. employers as the best public university in the country for finding talent. Low operating costs, close access to business, and lifestyle amenities are just a few of Greater Gainesville’s key advantages. The region also prides itself on having Florida’s highest concentration of 18- to 44-year-olds, and has more than twice the state average of advanced degree holders.

“Gainesville is propelled by research, business, and having a smart, young and creative class that thrives on innovation. Being designated a TechHire community increases our overall competitiveness as we look to grow existing IT businesses and attract additional companies,” said Davenport.

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Located in North Central Florida, Greater Gainesville is home to the state's youngest and most educated population, the 4th most prolific university commercialization engine in the nation, the University of Florida, and the nation's No. 1 community college, Sante Fe College. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,300 members that employ 80,000 employees. The Chamber works to advance its mission to facilitate economic prosperity, business growth, and community progress in the region. Via five lines of business - Business Development, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Public Policy, and Regional Growth - the Chamber is working to position Greater Gainesville as a global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity. For more information visit http://www.gainesvillechamber.com.

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