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New Jobs Come To Alachua County, As Does Governor Scott

By and on October 23rd, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott, second from the left, broke ground on the Nanotherapeutics facility along with Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper and Nanotherapeutics President and CEO Dr. James Talton.

Jennifer Tintner / WUFT News

Gov. Rick Scott, second from the left, broke ground on the Nanotherapeutics facility along with Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper and Nanotherapeutics President and CEO Dr. James Talton.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Gainesville Wednesday morning to welcome two new businesses to the area.

Nanotherapeutics announced the creation of 150 jobs at the groundbreaking for its new Advanced Development and Manufacturing Center held at Copeland Park in Alachua. The company that began as a start-up housed in the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator, is a facility run by the University of Florida that helps bioscience companies grow.

The goal is to have the facility operational in March 2015.

Scott praised Nanotherapeutics for its creation of new jobs.

Jennifer Tintner

Scott praised Nanotherapeutics for its creation of new jobs.

The center will be funded by a $135 million contract awarded to Nanotherapeutics by the U.S. Department of Defense earlier this year. Under this contract, the company is responsible for providing all the services necessary to create a Medical Countermeasures Advanced Development and Manufacturing capability for the DOD.

Scott said the goal of the contract is to help develop medical countermeasure to protect and treat the military against chemical, biomedical, radiological and nuclear attacks along with the outbreak of infectious diseases.

Because of other companies in the area, Nanotherapeutics is able to hire very experienced workers from manufacturing jobs, according to President and CEO Dr. James Talton. He said in some cases, the company has to go out of state for the specialized manufacturing capabilities.

Following the groundbreaking, Scott attended the opening of 160over90, a Philadelphia-based branding agency. 160over90 represents the Miami Dolphins and the City of Boston, among many other clients, and plans to expand its work in the Southeast starting with its new location in Downtown Gainesville.

“We’ve got a really aggressive plan to expand the office quite a bit and to bring more clients in here,” said T.J. Aseltyne, the creative director of 160over90. “I think a big part of the plan would be to bring clients from all over the Southeast here and to have Gainesville be recognized as a major player as far as places where creative people can come and work.”

To date, the agency has brought 35 new jobs to Alachua County, Aselytne said.

Scott said these events stretch beyond new businesses and job creation.

“If you just stop to think about this,” he said, “that’s 100, almost 200, families that their lives have changed. They want jobs, a better education system, and so it’s great to have companies like this.”


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  • DAngier

    When’s the next time Rick Scotts scheduled to come to Alachua or Marion County.

    • Ani

      You can call his Schedluing office and ask his staff members when the next public event is scheduled.

      • DAngier

        Yes but he actually has armed guards watching for me. He seems to fear the fact that his community college made a big mistake by kicking me out of school when a Learning Disability was found and since he knows about the lies the staff used to shut down the investigation by a past Governor he wants to keep as much distance as possible. The school has also broken many laws to keep the truth from coming out. If not bring this to their attention and ask why they don’t sue to clear their name!!???

  • DAngier

    It’s amazing that when sfcc made a major mistake by having a staff member, Guy York, lie to a member of the Governor’s staff, REX NEWMAN, they never bothered asking for the simplest thing to verify. It seems the lie to get the Governor to drop the investigation was the most important thing. Ask Juckson about that he refuses to talk to me. And when I was able to get a couple things done that their counselors told me to do, their response was to take out a trespass warning, then paid an employee to lie about me violating it. I never found out why the public defender that was ordered by the judge to help me never contacted me, or bothered to show up to court. Isn’t it the responsibility of the judge to question why my legal help never contacted me or TRIED to represent me in a case where the photo line up consisted of one photo, isn’t that strange. How much you wanna bet I get a bullet for my troubles real soon.
    Now when I tried to ask these questions in the editorial page they never got published!!

 

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