What we’re doing
A great college town is part of the fabric of a great university – and vice versa.
Ann Arbor. Chapel Hill. Boulder. Madison. These cities are known for their livability, opportunity and creativity, largely because of their universities. Together, the University of Florida and the larger community can foster these characteristics in Gainesville, benefitting those who live here today and those who will be drawn by its offerings.
UF arrived in Gainesville in 1906 and grew into a major public land-grant research institution and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. With that growth has come a new challenge: to become one of the nation’s preeminent public universities. Achieving this goal requires looking with new eyes at our 2,000-acre campus and its connections with Gainesville and Alachua County. That’s why we’re partnering with community leaders to create a strategic development plan.
The plan – commissioned by UF senior vice president and chief operating officer Charlie Lane – will provide possible roadmaps for the university and surrounding community’s future by identifying the best opportunities for wise growth, economic viability and livability. Creating a top college town means making the most of UF’s assets and opening the door to big, bold ideas that will shape the future of UF and Gainesville.
To accomplish this, the strategic development plan will be different from typical university plans. It will integrate seamlessly with campus master planning and engage the surrounding community in discovering ways to leverage our tremendous combined potential.
Specific areas of focus include:
- Identifying strategies to create a physical environment conducive to preeminence
- Understanding what makes a great university town
- Reinterpreting the “built environment” of Gainesville: housing mix, transportation, infrastructure challenges
- Reviewing current and planned uses of campus buildings
- Incorporating university and community branding
Recommendations will focus on ways to address the most significant challenges and opportunities.
How we’ll do it
Visioning and analysis to create the “big ideas” that will serve as touchstones for the strategic development of the university and the built environment in Gainesville.
Collaborating to develop strategies to implement these big ideas.
Drafting an action plan to implement strategies that will make UF and Gainesville preeminent.
Why it matters
Through the strategic development plan, we will:
RECOGNIZE OUR CHALLENGES
How will the university continue to reach greater heights while increasing the desirability of Gainesville for preeminent faculty, researchers and students? We’ll look at retail and other amenities, on- and off-campus housing and economic opportunity for graduates.
LEARN FROM THE LEADERS
We’ll look at other university towns and see how we measure up – and determine what we could do better.
INTEGRATE WITH CAMPUS PLANNING
We’ll evaluate the 2015-2025 campus master plan with an eye toward how the intensity and density of development – and future capacity – mesh with the elements of the strategic development plan.
To what extent should university development integrate into the surrounding community? We’ll identify the areas with the greatest potential to benefit the city and university.
EVALUATE THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
How does our built environment foster livability, walkability, and economic opportunity to attract and retain top tier faculty, staff, medical care providers, students, and graduates? What could we do better? We’re going to find out.
COMMUNICATE A VISION
Together, we’ll develop a shared vision of a future for the university and its environs and then make sure that it’s communicated properly so that all stakeholders are informed.
Cammy Abernathy, Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Jane Adams, Vice President, University Relations**
Jason Alread, Director, School of Architecture
Rodrigo Pereira Antunes, student and Mayors’ Council Treasurer
Simone Benscher, student, Business Administration/Marketing
Joel Brendemuhl, Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Life Sciences
Tom Buford, Assistant Professor and Director, Institute on Aging
Peggy Carr, Professor, Landscape Architecture*
Jeff Chorlog, Assistant Vice President for the Physical Plant Division
Gregg Clarke, Director of Operations, Physical Plant Division
Susan Crowley, Assistant Vice President, Community Relations*
Paul Davenport, President, UF Faculty Senate*
David Day, Assistant Vice President, Technology Licensing*
Neil Decenteceo, student and Inter-Residence Hall Association President
David Denslow, Retired Research Economist*
Linda Dixon, Director of Planning*
Silvio Dos Santos, Assistant Professor, School of Music
Carlos Dougnac, Assistant Vice President for Planning, Design and Construction*
Norb Dunkel, Associate Vice President and Director, Housing & Residence Education
Elias Eldayrie, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, Professor and Director, Transportation Research Center
Megan Forbes, Director, English Language Institute
Scott Fox, Director, TAPS
Henry Frierson, Associate Vice President and Dean, Graduate School
Kent Fuchs, President**
Isabel Garcia, Dean, College of Dentistry
Jodi Gentry, Assistant Vice President, Human Resource Services
Joe Glover, Senior Vice President and Provost**
Glenn Good, Dean, College of Education
Michael Good, Dean, College of Medicine
Renee Goodrich-Schneider, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Rodney Guico, College of Engineering, Flex Network
John Gums, Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs, College of Pharmacy
Tina Gurucharri, Associate Professor and Chair, College of Design, Construction and Planning
David Guzick, Senior Vice President, Health Affairs**
Blake Hakimian, student, Political Science and Real Estate
Gail Hansen de Chapman, Associate Professor, Environmental Horticulture
Craig Hill, Associate Vice President, Business Affairs
Chip Howard, Executive Associate Athletics Director-Internal Affairs
Cherrie Hughes, Assistant Director, Office of Research
Laura Huntley, Associate Vice President of Administration, Health Science Center*
Dustin Jackson, Director of Utilities and Energy Services, Physical Plant Division
Christopher Janelle, Associate Dean, College of Health & Human Performance
Ed Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Shands
Julie Johnson, Distinguished Professor, Health Science Center
Melissa Johnson, Associate Director, University Honors Program
Doug Jones, Director, Florida Museum of Natural History
Brian Jose, Director, UF Performing Arts Center
Michael Kane, Assistant Chair and Professor, Environmental Horticulture
Hal Knowles, Ph.D. candidate, UF School of Natural Resources and Environment
Anthony Kolenic, Associate Dean, College of Art
John Kraft, Dean, Warrington College of Business
Dave Kratzer, Vice President, Student Affairs
Charlie Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer* **
Kristin Larsen, Director, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Lucinda Lavelli, Dean, College of the Arts
James Lloyd, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
TJ Logan, Director of Housing for Administrative Services
Gillian Lord, Associate Professor and Chair, CLAS
Forrest Masters, Associate Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Jeanna Mastrodicasa, Associate Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources*
W. Andrew McCollough, Associate Provost for Information Technology, e-Learning and Distance Education
Anna McDaniel, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Diane McFarlin, Dean, College of Journalism and Communication*
Mike McKee, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Azfar Mian, Director, Financial and Information Technology Services, Housing
Tom Mitchell, Vice President, Development
Michael Morris, College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center
Tina Mullen, Director, Arts in Medicine
Rebecca Nagy, Director, Harn Museum
Lee Nelson, Director, Real Estate*
David Norton, Vice President for Research**
Joselin Padron-Rasines, President
2015-16, UF Student Government*
David W. Parrott, Vice President for Student Affairs
Jack Payne, Senior Vice President, UF/IFAS**
Michael Perri, Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions
Jackie Phillips, student and Inter-Residence Hall Association secretary
Win Phillips, Executive Chief of Staff**
Brad Pollitt, Vice President, Facilities Development*
Margaret Portillo, Interim Dean, College of Design, Construction & Planning
Patrick Reakes, Associate Dean, Scholarly Resources
Anne Redmond, student and Panhellenic Council On-Campus House President
Mike Reid, Dean, College of Health and Human Performance
Curtis Reynolds, Vice President, Business Affairs*
David Richardson, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Robert Ries, Director, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Mark Robinson, Director, Technology Services
Laura Rosenbury, Dean and Professor, Levin College of Law
Judy Russell, Dean, University Library
Erik Sander, College of Engineering, Engineering Innovation Institute
Daaneyal (Daniel) Siddiqu, student and Delta Tau Delta Off-Campus House President
Janine Sikes, Assistant Vice President, Media Relations and Public Affairs
Chris Silver, Dean and Professor, College of Design, Construction and Planning
Lauren Solberg, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Bioethics, Law & Medical Professionalism
Nicole Stedman, Faculty Senate Chair/Elect
Ruth Steiner, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Linda Stump-Kurnick, Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police
Ray Thomas, Associate Professor in Geological Sciences
Jennifer Wu Tucker, Associate Professor, Warrington College of Business
Elaine Turner, Dean, Agricultural and Life Sciences
Hans van Oostrom, Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Excellence in Engineering Education
Olivia Vera, graduate student and Off Campus Life graduate assistant
Susan Webster, President 2016-17, UF Student Government*
Ann Wehmeyer, Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Matt Williams, Director, Office of Sustainability
Caroline Wiltshire, Associate Professor, Linguistics
Nicole Yucht, Assistant Vice President, UF Communications
Fedro Zazueta, Professor and Associate Chief Information Officer, Office of Academic Technology
The Gainesville Community
Rev. Karl Anderson, Minister
Lisa Armour, Vice President for Assessment, Research and Technology, Santa Fe Community College
Aidan Augustin, Member of Alachua County Emerging Leaders
Nick Banks, Managing Director, FrontStreet Commercial Real Estate Group
Walter Banks, Chief Information Officer, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Ed Bielarski, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Ed Bonahue, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Santa Fe Community College
Aaron Bosshardt, Broker, Bosshardt Property Management
Ed Braddy, Former Mayor, City of Gainesville
Erik Bredfeldt, Economic Development and Innovation Director, City of Gainesville
Pattie Breedlove, Former Director, Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator
Naima Brown, Vice President for Student Affairs, Santa Fe Community College
Tom Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Scott Buchanan, Vice President, AMJ Inc. of Gainesville
Carrie Bush, Director, Citizen Centered Gainesville, City of Gainesville
John Carlson, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
Rory Causseaux, Chair-Elect, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Ellen Chen, Chair, Department of Measuring, City of Gainesville
Karen Clarke, Assistant Superintendent, Alachua County Schools
Chuck Clemons, Vice President for Advancement, Santa Fe Community College
Ron Cunningham, Former Editorial Writer, Gainesville Sun
Susan Davenport, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce*
Bruce Delaney, Broker
Jennifer Denault, Chief Operating Officer, Cade Museum
Svein Dyrkolbotn, Principal Owner and Managing Partner, Viking Companies
Bryan Eastman, Interim Executive Director, Alachua County Emerging Leaders*
Rose Fagler, Economic Development Manager, Weyerhaeuser
Anne Favre, Executive Director, CareerSource North Central Florida
Vivian Filer, Community Volunteer / Retired Nurse*
John Fleming, Managing Partner, Trimark Properties
Paul Folkers, Assistant City Manager, City of Gainesville
Evelyn Foxx, President of Alachua County branch NAACP / Retired Insurance Agent
Victoria Hunter Gibney, Member of Alachua County Emerging Leaders
Ginger Gibson, Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, Santa Fe Community College
Danny Gilliland, Market President, Gateway Bank of Central Florida
Mitch Glaeser, Glaeser Realty
Sam Goforth, Former Market President, Wachovia Bank*
Jesus Gomez, Regional Transit System Director, City of Gainesville
Ernest Graham, Gainesville Police Department
Eric Graves, Founder and CEO, Actionable Quality Assurance
Bryan Harrington, Director of Development and Construction, Trimark Properties
Billy Hattaway, FDOT District 1 Secretary
Adrian Hayes-Santos, Gainesville City Council
Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Alachua County Commissioner, District 3
Dug Jones, Associate Vice President of Economic Development, Santa Fe Community College*
Tony Jones, Chief of Police, City of Gainesville
Duncan Kabinu, Member of Alachua County Emerging Leaders
Michelle Lambert, Chief Change Officer, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Kamal Latham, Vice President of Public Policy, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Debbie Leistner, Public Works Planning Manager, City of Gainesville
Darry Lloyd, Investigator at the Office of the State Attorney and President of the African American Accountability Alliance
Justin Locke, Chief Financial Officer, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Anthony Lyons, City Manager, City of Gainesville*
Bernie Machen, Former President of University of Florida
Phil Mann, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Gainvesille
Linda McGurn, Principal, McGurn Management Company*
Sean McLendon, Assistant to the Manager, Alachua County Sustainability
Fred Murry, Assistant City Manager, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Lee Niblock, Alachua County Manager*
Warren Nielsen, Former Commissioner, City of Gainesville*
Chad Paris, Co-Founder and CEO, Parisleaf
Allan Penksa, Chief Executive Officer, Gainesville Regional Airport
Lauren Poe, Mayor, Gainesville
Todd Powell, General Manager for Real Estate, Plum Creek
Randall Reid, Southeast Regional Director, ICMA
Andrew Romero, President, Alachua County Emerging Leaders
Jack Ryals, Jackson Stoneworks
Marlie Sanderson, Retired Former Director of Transportation Planning, Gainesville MTPO
Jackson Sasser, President, Santa Fe College
Domenic Scorpio, President, D.E. Scorpio Corporation
Teresa Scott, Director of Public Works, City of Gainesville
Gigi Simmons, Porters Neighborhood
Rev. Karl Smith, Minister
Kathryn Tancig, Public Policy Chair, Alachua County Emerging Leaders
Kim Tanzer, Consultant
Rev. Adrian Taylor, Minister
Rev. Kevin Thorpe, Minister
Quang Tran, Co-founder, Starter Space
Sarah Vidal-Finn, Interim Director, Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Gainesville
Albert White, Community Volunteer / Retired Administrator, Gainesville Regional Utilities*
Tom Wichman, Assistant Directorm Physical Plant Division
Rev. Destin Williams, Minister
Janie Williams, Porters Neighborhood
Rosa Williams, Community Volunteer / Founder of Reichert House
* Steering Committee member
** Executive Committee member
The Consultant Team
November forum video available online
Updated December 12, 2016
Thanks to all who participated in our November presentation of the university’s strategic development plan. The plan consists of four key initiatives, each of which includes concrete university and city action steps: the New American City, Proximity, Strong Neighborhoods, and Stewardship. In the words of forum speaker Warren Nielsen, “The heart of the plan is about a university and city coming together to solve real problems and seize wonderful opportunities.”
Planned initiatives include founding a coordinating body who will be responsible for future joint-planning, engaging university researchers to understand and help solve local problems, concentrating university development in the eastern third of campus, bringing more students into campus housing, improving the public realm between the university and downtown, supporting and preserving historic neighborhoods, and better using energy and water resources. A recording of the meeting is available at this link, and a copy of the presentation can be viewed here.
UF Board of Trustees endorsed the plan on December 1.
Phase i report
Posted October 19, 2016
The Strategic Development Plan’s first phase focused on visioning and analysis that create the “big ideas” to serve as touchstones for the strategic development of the university and surrounding areas, in partnership with the Gainesville community. Analysis documentation for this portion of the project is complete and available for viewing here.
UPCOMING CAMPUS FORUM and link to symposium coverage
Posted September 15, 2016
The next Strategic Development Plan meeting will be a public forum focused on campus related issues, including teaching, research and service, as well as quality of life issues for students and faculty. It will be held Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chandler Auditorium at the Harn Museum of Art.
For an article describing the August symposium, please click here.
Posted August 9, 2016
On August 31, the University of Florida will host a symposium to explore how cities and universities across the country have worked together to implement plans similar to UF’s Strategic Development Plan. The symposium – titled “University Towns: Perspectives on Strategic Development Planning” – will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Presidents Ballroom at Emerson Alumni Hall (1938 W University Avenue). The event is free and open to the public.
The symposium will provide an open forum to address UF’s aspiration to lead by example in research, education, culture and collaboration, while defining the “new American city.” In the morning session, leading thinkers from both the public and private sector will present relevant case studies from their work in other cities with large academic institutions. In the afternoon session, they will offer insights into the university’s evolving Strategic Development Plan.
Speakers and topics scheduled for the symposium are:
- Danny Sniff, University of Georgia – “Planning and preservation on a southern campus and college town”
- Gordon Merklein, University of North Carolina – “Strengthening the core of college towns”
- Alice Raucher, University of Virginia – “Connecting town and campus”
- Eime Tobari, Space Syntax – “Creating urban spaces that foster interconnectedness, movement, awareness, encounter and exchange”
- Terry Foegler – City of Dublin, Ohio and The Ohio State University, “University and community partnerships for redeveloping urban neighborhoods”
UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETING
Posted August 9, 2016
The next public meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thelma A. Boltin Center (516 NE 2nd Ave).
UF holds Strategic Development Plan public forum
Updated August 8, 2016
UF students, faculty and staff and members of the greater Gainesville community attended a public meeting Wednesday, July 27, where they heard about progress on UF’s Strategic Development Plan and had an opportunity to provide feedback on future planning. The meeting was held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GRU administration building's multipurpose room at 301 SE 4th Ave.
The Strategic Development Plan will seek to provide a roadmap for the university and surrounding community’s future that supports UF's rise to preeminence by identifying the best opportunities for wise growth, economic viability and livability, allowing Gainesville and UF to rise to preeminence together. UF, along with consulting firms DumontJanks and Elkus Manfredi, will finalize and release the plan by December.
At this meeting, representatives from the university’s planning team provided a brief introduction and overview of the work to date and then facilitated several discussions focused on the themes of re-centering, uniting, and sustaining our community. Work to date on the Strategic Development Plan includes a CoMap survey, where the UF and Gainesville community indicated where they live, work and socialize, and how they get from point to point. The survey also revealed Gainesville’s strong sense of connection with outdoor areas that surround our community.
UF leaders and the consultants have been meeting with key community stakeholder groups, including community leaders and business owners, about the plan since February, with meetings scheduled to continue into the fall. We hope to see you there.
Board of Trustees Presentation
Posted June 23, 2016
In early June, the Board of Trustees reviewed a presentation that shares analysis from Phase I and resulting ideas that could inform a physical framework for campus development in the Gainesville context. The ideas focus on themes of re-centering, uniting, and sustaining. They include engaging university scholars to help solve local issues, supporting local businesses, addressing economic disadvantages, providing a nurturing 24/7 environment for students, improving transportation, repurposing vacant downtown retail space for startups, promoting diverse housing options downtown, and adding density to underutilized parcels in key development precincts. The Board reacted positively to the presentation and is excited about the vision’s potential. In upcoming visits, the team will explore these ideas with multiple stakeholder groups so that together we can refine the evolving framework and understand the steps necessary to realize the vision. Additional public forums will be scheduled in August near the start of the new academic year.
To download the presentation, please click here.
PHASE 2 BEGINS
Posted June 6, 2016
This week, the consultants will transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the Strategic Development Plan. During the first phase, the consultants established that while the stunning ecological setting and a world-class university are great assets for Gainesville, in order to achieve preeminence, the university and city must be even more collaborative. Strengthening this relationship is essential for attracting and retaining talent to the region. It will raise the standard of excellence for all residents, prompting improvements to education and job access, a diversification of housing options, and innovation in transportation. The next phase will focus on three themes to move the city forward; to re-center, unite, and sustain Gainesville.
Phase 2 will run through early fall, with four campus visits and additional engagement with the Board of Trustees. We thank all who participated in Phase 1. As we set future public events and post completed documentation, we will reach out to you via the website and listserv.
Posted May 2, 2016
Thanks to all who joined us for the project’s first public meeting. The consultant team presented analysis findings, including CoMap survey results, physical analysis, peer institution comparisons, and themes from stakeholder interviews. Please sign up for our email list to receive information about future events.
Posted April 7-21, 2016
Thank you to all who participated in the CoMap survey in April. We had over 2,200 responses from faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community. The resulting maps show patterns of community activity, and the comments enlighten us to the reasons why specific places are valued. A summary of results was presented at the public forum on May 2.
Posted March 31, 2016
This week, the consultant team visited campus for the third time. Their trips have focused on data gathering, internal and community stakeholder interviews, and conversations with the Executive and Steering Committees. Previous visits were February 15-16 and March 10-11. The next campus visit, May 2-4, will include public forums to share analysis findings.