Our Highlights

Our region draws business with its available and affordable land, organized municipalities, and elements of cooperation, innovation focus, growth mindset, vision and highly educated workforce. It offers a unique mix of rural beauty and a forward-thinking, results-driven approach to business and economic development.

  • 800 acres
  • 35 companies
  • 1,100 employees
  • 11 miles to Downtown Gainesville and UF
  • 2 miles to Downtown Alachua
  • 10 square miles of surrounding state parks
  • 2 hours to Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando

The Areas within Progress District

Progress Park
Copeland Park
Convergence Park
Foundation Park
Ravine Park
Hammock Park

History of Progress

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Economic Impact

Businesses from start-ups to the Fortune 500 have a home in Progress District, which creates a great deal of economic benefits. From jobs to infrastructure to the utilization of research of the University of Florida, Alachua County is gaining a national reputation for helping advance technology companies grow.

Close to Everything

Alachua County

Companies will enjoy Florida’s businesses-friendly environment, while families have access to outdoor beauty from our forests to our natural springs and rivers.

  • Total population: 279,000+
  • Located 1.5 hours from the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico
  • Founded in 1824
  • Several natural springs and rivers

Greater Gainesville

Greater Gainesville not only helps startups flourish, but it is also a viable option for companies that want to relocate. The region draws businesses with its available and affordable land, organized municipalities, and elements of cooperation, innovation, focus, growth mindset, and highly educated workforce. The two districts, the Innovation District and the Progress District, make up a region that is fueled by entrepreneurial drive.

  • Urban and suburban with 132,000+ residents
  • Museums, music festivals, cultural opportunities
  • Average daily temperature of 85 degrees

World Renowned Hospital Systems

The greater Gainesville area is fortunate to have two incredible hospital networks in town with doctors and resources dedicated to community health. UF Health is affiliated with the University of Florida and has several facilities around Gainesville. HCA Florida North Florida Hospital has a main hospital as well as comprehensive services from affiliated providers in the region.

City of Alachua

While not too far from the energy of Gainesville, the City of Alachua is a peaceful town with quaint shops and restaurants. The perfect setting for family life.

  • Historic downtown incorporated in 1905
  • One of the fastest growing communities in North Central Florida
  • Small town feel with 10,000+ residents
  • Lower cost of living

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

With miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is the crown jewel of outdoor recreation in Alachua County.

  • Over 7,000 acres of natural beauty
  • Excellent birding opportunities
  • 18 natural communities for wildlife

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Santa Fe College

Winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Santa Fe College is a pipeline for an educated, talented, and ready to hit the ground running workforce. The Perry Center for Emerging Technologies is a 30,000 square foot building dedicated to giving students the skills to advance their careers in the technology industry. Students can earn a BAS in Industrial Biotechnology or an AS in Biotechnology Laboratory Technology Programs.

  • Recognized as one of the best State Colleges in the nation
  • Dedicated to emerging technology degrees
  • Produces highly skilled workforce in biotechnology

Santa Fe College Perry Center

The Chrels R. and Nancy V. Perry Center for Emerging Technologies is located in Alachua, the heart of Florida’s high-tech corridor, about 13 miles from SF’s Northwest Campus. The Perry Center provides citizens of northern Alachua County an opportunity for a college education close to home. The Perry Center focuses specifically on emerging technology degrees. The 30,000 square foot building opened in 2009 and has functioning laboratories and state-of-the-art technology classrooms.

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University of Florida

Without a doubt, the University of Florida is a launchpad for research, technology, and innovation. “Better Research for a Better State” is a university motto we stand behind. It is home to 22 departments that focus on Life Sciences. This high number speaks to the growing Bioscience and Life Science cluster that continues to prosper in the Progress District. UF has one of the top graduate incubators in the country and is also among the top-five universities for transferring bio-research to the marketplace. In 2023, UF ranked fifth in the nation in public universities and second for technology-transfer.

UF Innovate

UF Innovate fosters tech transfer intended to create cures to disease that better the world and have economic impact on the community. It includes two business incubators.

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Sid Martin Biotech Incubator

Established in 1990, this biotech facility located in the City of Alachua has been named World’s Best Incubator 3 years in a row.

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The Hub

Located just 7 blocks from UF’s main campus, The Hub helps companies in the biotech or diversified tech sector start-up and scale up.

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