Development

Helping people keep their homes

Florida is launching a one-billion dollar federally funded effort to help struggling homeowners keep their homes. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT– FM’s Juliza Monterroso reports, under the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund housing assistance program, homeowners may see a light at the end of the tunnel. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/HousingFundWrap.mp3]

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Gainesville’s downtown scene has become revitalized

This weekend’s Orange and Blue Game will draw thousands of people to Gainesville. That’s exactly what the organizers of the Santa Fe Springs Arts Festival and the Battle of the Bands are happy about. Drawing people to Gainesville’s downtown can mean an “economic boost” for the community. Thirty years ago …

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Fate of a downtown farmers market up for discussion in Ocala

The city of Ocala will decide tonight whether to support a farmers market in Downtown Square. The proposed farmers market would occur every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Downtown Business Alliance President George Carrasco says this farmers market is a great way for farmers to market their products. …

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Some housing sales up

Alachua County home sales continue to rise. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Montana Symone reports, some realtors hope the market will maintain a steady incline [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MONTANA.mp3]

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County begins planning international trip

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to China in October for the second straight year. Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Brittany Batsell says the trip is a great opportunity for chamber members as well as Marion county citizens who have signed up to travel with the chamber. …

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Power plant reopening delayed

A local energy company is making sure their plant is secure, after recent natural disasters caused a nuclear plant crisis in Japan. Citrus County’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant was to restart their operations in April, however, Progress Energy Spokeswoman Sherry Jacobs says the plant won’t be reopened until the proper …

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Gainesville city commissioner to speak on the status of East Gainesville development

Gainesville city comissioner Scherwin Henry is delivering a keynote presentation on East Gainesville tonight at the East Gainesville Development Corporation annual meeting. The presentation will include an overview of city involvement in recent community and economic development activities intended to position east Gainesville for sustainable growth as economic conditions improve. …

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Gainesville startup gives back

The idea of starting your own company or developing your own website can seem very daunting without some help. But, learning from someone who has done it already and created something profitable can be just the ticket to your own success. WUFT’s Laura McKeeman brings us more from a local …

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Marion County will serve as the new home to Medtino which could bring additional jobs

In response to unemployment, Marion County has teamed up with local business leaders to create 25 new job initiatives, which are geared toward creating new opportunities. Recently, a South Florida company has decided to move its operations from South Florida to Ocala. The chairman of Medtino, Raymond Talarico, spoke with …

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Higher cotton prices to come

Cotton prices have increased drastically due to a series of events in Asia. Three of the world’s top cotton producers reduced supply to the U.S. A drought in China damaged crops, India restricted exports to protect its domestic market and flooding in Pakistan made it worse. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM reporter …

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