What can the CIED provide?

Whether you need specialized training to reach your career goals, represent a business needing cutting-edge training for your employees, or are an entrepreneur seeking business support, SF's Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) is here to meet your needs.

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The Mission of the CIED

"To foster innovation and economic development by adding value and providing enrichment to individuals and organizations within our business community."

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CIED News...

Ideas are still flowing for GTEC —
The nearly 30 residents attending the GTEC workshop last Thursday offered ideas for names to capture the area's identity and the types of retail businesses needed.

Artist Turbado exhibits his works —
Turbado Marabou will share his new and old works of art during “One Path, Many Crossroads,” a month-long exhibit at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development.

Governor makes Gainesville stop to laud job-creating entrepreneurs —
Gov. Rick Scott made a swing through Gainesville's Innovation Hub to present seven young business leaders with the Young Entrepreneur Award to highlight their work and encourage more of the same.

Girls introduced to STEM in Porters —
Young girls in elementary to middle school embarked on a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program in the Porters community that was a collaboration between a nonprofit founded by Gigi Simmons, a lifelong resident of the neighborhood, and a host of others.

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Alachua County is the ecosystem of innovation: place, talent and creativity. Nurturing innovation and fostering success. Growing entrepreneurs and startup companies. Welcome to living, learning, working, playing, creating, and—most importantly—thriving in our community.