Last year Gainesville found itself in the national and international spotlight when Dove World Outreach Center Pastor Terry Jones announced his plans to burn copies of the Koran. As a result of poor publicity, Gainesville City Manager, Russ Blackburn and Alachua County Manager, Randall Reid joined together to write an article titled “How The Worst Publicity Can Bring Out The Best in a Community.” The article is published in the March edition of Public Management Magazine. WUFT-FM’s Natalie Beigel talked with Reid about how a community can come together in a time of emergency.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ReidQA.mp3]
In October, school board members unanimously voted to approve a job description for a full-time translator position.