Development

National mortgage plan may not resonate in Gainesville

Nationwide, struggling owners are expecting relief following a mortgage deal struck by the federal government and many large banks, but Gainesville/Alachua County Association of Realtors President Craig Wilburn says it may not be the long term solution North Central Florida really needs. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/WILBURN2.mp3] The plan outlines two possible paths for …

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Unemployment level at lowest mark since April 2009

For the first time in more than 2 ½ years, Florida’s unemployment rate is in single digits at 9.9%. Florida Governor Rick Scott says this is an encouraging improvement that hinged largely on growth in private business. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/SCOTT4.mp3] For the last 11 of 12 months, unemployment has stayed steady or …

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Innovation Square is a step closer to reality

Only at a place for nurturing ideas can one find elected officials mingling with business developers, while watching pretend robots dance. The mix on Wednesday afternoon was a celebration for the newest idea to close the gap between the City of Gainesville and the University of Florida.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Luis Giraldo …

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Homeless project grants provide more than just shelter

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has handed down $72 million in grants for homeless housing projects around Florida. While many North Central Florida programs will benefit, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown says one group bringing home a slice of that money has truly changed lives. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/HOMELESSGRANTWRAP.mp3]

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Hoping the new year will continue boosting employment

With national figures on unemployment showing significant drops, local job placement agencies are hoping to bring in the New Year with a renewed hope. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner says small businesses are leading the way in brining jobs to Marion, Levy and Citrus counties. He says this year is …

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Not all donations end in holiday cheer

In the midst of holiday cheer, it can be easy to get caught in the spirit of giving and forget to protect your own assets.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website offers a number of tips, but Department Spokesman Sterling Ivey says one of the easiest precautions …

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Keeping your name off the credit “naughty list”

During hard economic times, holiday shoppers see gift-giving as a source of stress rather than cheer. President and CEO of Campbridge Credit Counseling Christopher Viale says creating a budget is the key to staying debt free after the holidays. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Viale1.mp3] And creating that budget can be easy. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Viale3.mp3] Viale adds …

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