WUFT News

Lowe: ‘Collaboration is key to moving Gainesville forward’

By and on January 23rd, 2013

Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe gave his state of the city address Wednesday, focusing on the progress the city has made over the past year. In addition, he addressed what needs to be done in the future.

With job creation being a main highlight of his speech, Lowe touched on the arrival of Silver Airlines at the Gainesville Regional Airport. This addition created 100 new jobs in east Gainesville that pay an average salary of more than $50,000 per year and do not require a college degree.

“This impressive level of growth is not an accident, thanks to our community’s dedication to the mission of Innovation Gainesville, and our focus on creating jobs with a high multiplier effect,” said Lowe.

Gainesville Regional has begun offering flights to three additional locations. Since October 2010, the airport has doubled the number of airlines serving the city and tripled the number of destinations served.

There is still progress to be made, Lowe said.

“The City of Gainesville stands willing and ready to work with anyone in this city to grow and retain jobs at all income levels,” said Lowe. “When we’re able to do that, it’s easy to come together and celebrate our success, but it’s equally important to come together in times of adversity. In good times and bad, collaboration is the key to moving Gainesville forward.”

Lowe also praised Gainesville’s local law enforcement and medical teams for their response during the tragic accident on I-75 last January.

Seeing the need that existed, RTS sent buses to the crash site to keep those who were stranded warm as temperatures outside dropped to around 40 degrees.

“Our local law enforcement and medical teams reacted swiftly and professionally as they always do, but the extraordinary circumstances of this accident required additional resources,” said Lowe. “I’m proud of the role that we were able to play working with other local and statewide agencies to respond to this tragedy.”


This entry was posted in Politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Politics

Photographed is city councilman Adam Prins.

Live Oak Mayor’s Dispute With Councilman Finally Settled

The State of Florida Commission on Ethics decided sufficient probable cause did not exist in eight of nine allegations against Live Oak city councilman Adam Prins. The initial complaint against Prins was filed by Live Oak Mayor Sonny Nobles Jr.


IMG_0659

Alachua County Voters Reject Sales Surtax for Transportation Funding

Despite support from a range of institutions, voters struck down the one-cent sales surtax increase in Alachua County that would improve transportation, leaving the City of Gainesville and the Regional Transit System of Gainesville to reassess their plans and look for alternative sources of funding.


Medical marijuana remains illegal in the state of Florida. Amendment 2 was three percentage points away from the super-majority required to pass.

Amendment 2 Fails: Medical Marijuana Remains Illegal In Florida

Amendment 2 was rejected by voters after it received 57 percent of the required 60 percent to pass.


Alachua County, Florida, election worker Georganne Eibe (right) teaches a volunteer how to work election equipment on Monday.

Alachua County Prepares For Election Day

Elections workers prepared for Election Day on Monday. They packed up supplies to distribute across the county and taught new volunteers how to work the equipment.


Charlie Crist spoke at UF on Wednesday. He touched on the importance of voting and education policy in his speech.

UF College Democrats Rally in Support of Charlie Crist on Campus

Members of the community gathered in Pugh Hall on Wednesday to support Charlie Crist in the 2014 gubernatorial election.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments