Rapid Fire Success Stories
OPPORTUNITY
Elsevier has acquired Shadow Health, a Florida-based developer of virtual simulations in nursing and healthcare education. Shadow Health’s Digital Clinical Experiences train and prepare nurses and healthcare practitioners for clinical settings. Its cutting-edge simulations, powered by Shadow Health’s Conversation Engine, enable learners to practice and apply their clinical reasoning skills through life-like interactions with a diverse range of virtual patients. Engaging in conversation-based learning, students gain confidence by practicing the skills they need to care for patients in a safe and standardized environment. You can learn more here.
UF Health researchers were granted more than $2 million to screen for fatty liver disease, in what could be the largest study of its kind. The National Institute of Health grant will fund the screening of more than 1,000 patients over the next two-and-a-half years.
“The ultimate goal is to diagnoses scarring — the medical term is fibrosis — at an early stage to prevent people from developing cirrhosis,” Cusi said. “We’re trying to identify these problems before they’re unfixable. Once someone has cirrhosis, there isn’t a whole lot you can do.” You can learn more here.
To capture the innovation and influence of Gainesville in just one book is no easy task. With the help of world-wide publisher Innovations of the World, Gainesville entrepreneur Pablo Casilimas did just that. “And I saw the books and I said, we need to have one of these in Gainesville.” For the past two years, Casilimas worked on the INNOVATE Gainesville project. The book launched virtually and in-person early this month at the Cade Museum. You can learn more here.
TALENT
Santa Fe College has received its largest-ever donation. The school announced on Wednesday that it received a $40 million donation from MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. According to CNN, Scott announced on Tuesday that she gave away nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations throughout the country.
"This donation is truly transformational," said Dr. Paul Broadie II, president of Santa Fe College. "This donation, coupled with our strong academic programs, as well as our partnerships with our universities and business and industries, will introduce our students to limitless opportunities.” You can learn more here.
University of Florida Health ophthalmology researcher Dr. William W. Hauswirth, whose long and distinguished career includes developing and testing treatments for multiple forms of genetic blindness, is among the scientists being recognized for their pioneering work to eradicate vision loss. Hauswirth was among 13 scientists awarded The Sanford and Sue Greenberg Prize to End Blindness, which carries $3 million in funding. Learn more here.
The University of Florida’s Career Connections Center (C3) has risen to the No. 2 college career centers in country according to the latest rankings by Best Colleges.
UF was recognized for the meaningful career experiences and integrated approach that the Career Connection Center provides to students. Best Colleges specifically highlighted the eight-semester guide that provides an intentional checklist for undergraduate students to use throughout their academic journey. Learn more here.
PLACE
On Thursday, December 10, the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce hosted Let’s Discuss Downtown with Downtown business owners and community partners, focusing on the Future of Downtown Gainesville. The event was held both live at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation and virtually, where attendees could choose to participate via Zoom.
The goal of this meeting was to help regional stakeholders and local government officials hear from the business community and local workforce about potential barriers to the growth of Downtown Gainesville. The discussion included earnest comments about the successes and challenges that hinder the downtown area, including safety, housing, homelessness, walkability and lighting.. Learn more here.
Gainesville business owners within the new, single-district Community Reinvestment Area are invited to apply for financial incentives to help improve business storefronts. The Business Improvement Grant Program, offers a 50 percent matching grant, paid as a reimbursement, for eligible improvements to business exteriors. The program replaces the former Façade Improvements Incentive Program for Existing Commercial Buildings and utilizes GCRA funds to encourage private investment within the district. Learn more here.
After an impressive 2020 regular season, we’re looking forward to seeing the Gators represent Gainesville in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma in a rematch of the 2008 National Championship.
Thank you to our investors!