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Gainesville mayor gives state of the city address

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Gainesville is headed toward an innovation based economy and an expanded downtown. Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe gave his state of the city address today, praising technological start-ups for leading the way in the development of this economy. Lowe says the expansion of the downtown area has been integral in the development of the city.

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Lowe emphasized his commitment to technology start ups. He says the Innovation Hub will bring jobs that the city will greatly benefit from.

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Lowe commended the current mobile app development company Too-Too-It as a poster child for the type of development he’s trying to bring. Too-Too-It Co-Founder Jordan Johnson says the mayor is doing a good job of making these companies feel welcome.

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Johnson says the state of the city address made him excited about the future of his company in Gainesville.

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Mayor Lowe says the development of these start up companies will attract retail companies and a thriving service industry. Tasty Buddha Restaurants President Parker VanHeart says he agrees.

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VanHeart says the current safety of downtown will not be an issue for attracting retail businesses.

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Mayor Craig Lowe also emphasized the need for environmental protection and conservation efforts. He is up for re-election in the spring of next year.

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