Gainesville, FL is an extraordinary city. The Gainesville CRA offers several programs designed to help residents and small businesses improve the vibrancy of their communities.
Neighborhood Improvements Program
Commercial Improvements Program
The CRA's facade grant program leverages private investment to make significant upgrades to visible facades of commercial buildings and encourages additional private investment in beneficial upgrades and improvements.This matching grant program encourages business owners to make façade improvements to existing commercial buildings. Up to 50% of eligible facade upgrade costs, such as paint, signage, upgrades to windows and doors, exterior lighting and repair of masonry etc. can be reimbursed to the property owner or tenant.
SUCCESS STORY: In the nine months following renovations and a healthier menu change, facade grant recipient Jamal Shaer reported a 23% increase in restaurant sales at Chunky’s Grill & Fry Co.!
Economic Development Incentives
The CRA also offers a high wage job reimbursement program to incentivize companies to move into Gainesville’s urban core. Jobs created must exceed the average wage in Alachua County. Other programs include a transformational incentives program (for large-scale developments with a demonstrated ability to catalyze significant change in an urban redevelopment area) and a relocation assistance package.
SUCCESS STORY: In 2012, Mindtree committed $2.92 million toward establishing its first major U.S. Delivery Center (USDC) in Gainesville’s Ayers Plaza just across the street from the University of Florida’s Innovation Hub. The IT product engineering company has pledged to create 400 jobs over the next five years; it has hired more than 150 employees to date. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.