Location, Location, Location
First. You should be in Florida and here’s why. Next, come to North Central Florida and a beautiful, 204-acre, private corporate/tech/biotech park in the city of Alachua, twenty minutes northwest of the University of Florida campus. Progress Corporate Park fronts U.S. 441, five minutes from I-75 exit 399.
This location offers a reverse commute from UF traffic and ample of free parking. More than 75% of the 1100+ people in the park work for a UF-related company.
A Flourishing Environment
The park has seen accelerating development in recent years. In 2013, a local company was awarded a major DOD contract to build a 145,000 SF drug and vaccine development and manufacturing facility next to the park. In 2012, the city approved development of 280 adjacent acres for a live, work, play site with biotech R&D and manufacturing. Santa Fe College’s newest campus, the Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Emerging Technologies Center, opened in 2009 across from the park focusing on biotech workforce training with two and four year degrees.
Park development has been influenced by the presence of UF’s most successful spinout company, RTI Biologics (NASDAQ: RTIX). Most of UF’s successful bioscience startups began life in Progresss Corporate Park.
Specialized Life Science Assets
In addition to UF’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator complex with its labs, animal facilities and greenhouses, the park is home to UF’s Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology (CERHB) providing workforce education & training and translational research to support the growing biotechnology-based industry. CERHB’s state-of-the-art biopharmaceutical cGMP manufacturing and testing facility, Florida Biologix®, provides a broad range of early phase, biologic drug development services.
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Bordering Progresss Corporate Park is 7000-acre San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park with miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. These amenities combine the small-town charm of Alachua and the intellectual and cultural opportunities of Gainesville to offer an affordable and appealing lifestyle that attracts and retains a talented workforce.
For more information about the Alachua and Gainesville area go to GainesvilleConnect.com.