Business and development

A business that’s part of the community

While many businesses went under after the economic crash that affected the country, one area business somehow managed to survive.  As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Alex de Armas reports, a local hardware store in High Springs has been up and running for decades, and it’s now a local institution

Read More »

Graduation celebrations give Alachua County a reason to cheer

Hotels are near occupancy and businesses are buzzing with families in Gainesville for graduation. Alachua County Tourism Development Director Roland Loog says the vibrant environment of the weekend makes it a profitable one for the area. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/05/LOOG3.mp3] Loog says spring graduation used to mark the beginning of a quiet season, …

Read More »

SFC fosters entrepreneurship in the community

Gainesville community leaders discussed the importance of community entrepreneurship training today at Santa Fe College’s Center for Innovation and Economic Development. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Dina Lewis explains how Gainesville is redefining entrepreneurial education. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/DlWrapFpentrepeneur.mp3]

Read More »

Six months after Georgia-Pacific plant closing

Last November, Georgia-Pacific decided to close its plywood mill near Hawthorne. That dealt a devastating blow to Hawthorne with the elimination of some 400 jobs. Now, six months later, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’S Bryan Garcia reports on how the community is trying to recover. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/05/BGHAWTHORNESTORY.mp3]

Read More »

Gainesville economy is looking up

New numbers show economic growth in the United States slowed in the first quarter of this year, going from 3% to 2.2%. Locally, though, the economy is faring better. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta spoke with Vice President of Economic Development at the Council for Economic Outreach, David Ramsey, about how …

Read More »