North Central Florida is largely thought of as a home to Old Florida’s natural history whose growth is rooted in Gainesville, and whose innovation is fostered by the University of Florida. But the strength of Alachua County runs deeper. Bridging both the beauty of its natural resources with the foresight and vision of commerce, the many towns and cities surrounding Gainesville offer growth opportunities that are as unique and colorful as their own history.
A little more than half the geographical size of Gainesville, Alachua lies just to the northwest, with a growing population of nearly 10,000. The abundance of undeveloped land creates great opportunity for investment and Alachua has already seen some early projects begin to pay off.
Born as a start-up at University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator, Nanotherapeutics invested over $130 million into the development of their manufacturing facilities after the biopharmaceutical company was awarded a contract from the Department of Defense in 2013. Today, Nanotherapeutics is a leader in its industry and has a 183,000-square-foot, state of the art, multipurpose and multiproduct biologics and vaccine facility in Alachua.
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