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[Part 3 of a 5-part series on the Intercity Leadership Exchange.]

By working in close proximity, the University of Florida and the City of Gainesville can collaborate to create an optimal environment for both the school and city.

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.”

The plan comprises four main initiatives: New American City, Proximity, Stewardship and Strong Neighborhoods. To enhance collaboration and innovation, the university will concentrate future development in the eastern third of campus and coordinate with the city to encourage development between downtown and campus. Increasing density in these areas will foster interdisciplinary discovery as well as sustainable growth. The plan recommends studying transportation and parking, the best uses for existing space, facilities maintenance and growth, and ways to make Newell Drive a core connection between UF’s academic core and medical center. Because living on campus supports student success, the plan also calls for re-evaluating the current student housing situation with a residential life plan that includes a strategy for the city’s student housing stock. The housing discussion will extend to creating a strong urban core that enhances neighborhoods, attracts talent and investment and makes it feasible for faculty and staff to live close to campus.

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 the proximity initiative.

Attendees of the InterCity Leadership Exchange will study Ohio State University’s framework plan, ‘One University,’ and how they were able to concentrate academic activity, regenerate the campus core, invest in civic infrastructure and strengthen connections and identity. Ohio State’s Framework Plan established four key campus corridors that not only connected the university internally, but to the broader community, which shaped its institutional identity. The four corridors include the academic main street and major transit spine of its campus, the science and technology gateway, the research and health sciences gateway, and the cultural corridor – connecting the university to downtown Columbus.

Attendees will explore planning and design challenges, an integrated approach to planning and streamlined procedures that allow for agile decision making. Ohio State’s original Framework plan made data accessible by providing interactive tools to visualize the use and condition of space, prioritize potential projects by aligning them to achieve multiple goals, track regeneration goals for existing facilities, and sequence multi-sources capital investments over time. You can view the Framework Plan here. Attendees will also learn about their Framework 2.0 plan, which you can learn more about here.

For a complete list of the InterCity Leadership Exchange 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
  3. Proximity (This Article)
  4. Strong Neighborhoods
  5. Stewardship
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