Innovation Square Partnerships for Economic Development
Friday, May 11, 2012
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT
Gainesville, FL, United States
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The San Felasco Section of the American Planning Association Florida Chapter is hosting a presentation and reception for the APA Florida Executive Committee during a bi-annual retreat in Gainesville, FL. The event is open to all APA members and will cover myriad topics including revitalization, infrastructure demands, transportation impacts, economic development potential, zoning changes and the importance of project partnerships. The APA 2012 Donald Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award went to the Innovation Square project in Gainesville Florida located between the University of Florida (UF) and downtown Gainesville. The project’s major stakeholders include the UF, Shands Hospital at UF, the City of Gainesville, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, and Gainesville Regional Utilities. This event will provide strategies useful in transforming underutilized areas into major destinations that promote walkability, sustainability, mixed-use development, transit oriented design, and attract the “creative class” workers. The Innovation Square urban redevelopment plan is based on a visionary framework that was developed to foster inter-agency cooperation, attract research-oriented employment, and garner community support. Innovation Square is planned as the heart of the community’s “innovation economy” strategy that capitalizes on university research-driven commercialization opportunities. Participants will learn about the recently opened Innovation Hub business incubator and several science and technology facilities planned for the immediate area that are bringing the plan to fruition at a rapid pace. Participants will also learn how the community is embracing the eminent changes in increased densities and intensities in the area. Partnerships and creative financing will also be discussed as multiple entities are working together to ensure the infrastructure projects (roads, utilities, open space, and stormwater treatment facilities) are in place to accommodate the redevelopment. Participants will learn about changes to City zoning and development regulations have been put in place as form-based codes to facilitate this redevelopment. Additional regulatory changes in the works will address transitions to structured parking, urban-oriented tree ordinances, utility fee structures, and business improvement districts.