The New American City

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[Part 2 of a 5-part series on the Intercity Leadership Exchange.] 

“The New American City is a city that attracts people to want to be there. They want to live there. They want to work there. They want to play there.”
Warren Nielsen, former Commissioner, City of Gainesville

The University of Florida’s Strategic Development Plan seeks to shape the university and surrounding community’s future over the next 50 years, and establish the framework for the “New American City.”

Aligning the City of Gainesville and the University of Florida could turn Gainesville into a proving ground for solutions to challenges facing cities nationwide. UF’s Strategic Development Plan calls for creating a joint planning group and a “Smart City Lab” to gather and analyze data to inform future decisions. The City and the University will join forces to address challenges of mobility, education, health, housing, and livability, and to collaborate on creating inclusive solutions. This unique partnership is one of the key game-changing ideas of the plan.

Next month, the Chamber is leading a delegation of business and community leaders from greater Gainesville to Columbus, Ohio for its annual InterCity Leadership Exchange. Participants will return to Gainesville with lessons learned and ideas to share that may spark conversation about how we continue to move forward in pursuit of establishing this framework for the New American City.

Attendees of the Intercity Leadership Exchange will explore programs, developments and infrastructure that have helped Columbus build on partnerships, improve its quality of life and increase innovation across the city. Specifically, participants will study the collaborative and innovative relationship between the City of Columbus, Ohio State University and other key partners during a panel discussion on day one; Smart Columbus, the smart city initiative for the Columbus Regions and sole winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s first-ever Smart City Challenge; and much more. For a complete list of discussion topics and areas of study, view the itinerary.

If you have not yet registered, make sure to reserve your spot today, as participation is limited. Click here to register.

Read all the articles in the series:

  1. Join the Intercity Leadership Exchange
  2. The New American City (This Article)
  3. Proximity
  4. Strong Neighborhoods
  5. Stewardship
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