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]
Gainesville Doesn’t Meet Criteria To Be Certified As ‘Welcoming City’ To Immigrants. Two Proposals Could Help Change That.
In December of 2016, Mayor Lauren Poe proclaimed Gainesville a "Welcoming City" — Florida's first. But when criteria was developed the next year for cities to become certified as welcoming, local immigration advocates discovered the city was far from meeting them.