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Gainesville 20/20

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Change is evident in the beating heart of Florida. Groundbreakings, business arrivals and community projects are priming Gainesville for an era of development. By examining the features that put Gainesville on the map, combined with new, bustling attributes, we can begin to map out where our city will go in the future.

Twenty years ago, Gainesville saw three main categories of employment: the government, the University of Florida and Shands Hospital community, and the private sector, lifelong resident Mitch Glaeser recalled.

The private sector was severely limited to service jobs, such as attorneys, surveyors and dry cleaners. Since then, Gainesville’s economy has broadened. Now we see a growing innovation economy, with biotech centers, engineering and technology firms, gamming and mobile app companies, even breweries.

Glaeser has seen it all through his long career in Gainesville. At a young age, his hardworking, entrepreneurial drive stood out. He followed his father, founder of Glaeser Realty, and obtained his real estate license when he was 18. By age 19, he had started his first company.

Now, Glaeser sits as the Chairman Board of Directors for the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He’s a jack-of-all-trades: the Vice President of Business Development at the Emory Group, a broker at Glaeser Realty and an established Gainesville business owner with his newest endeavor being the apparel store Logokick.

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