The Gainesville Way of Life is...

Passion - Diverse - State of the Art Technology - Innovation & Energy - Arts & Culture - Conserving Our Natural Resources - Protecting & Serving Citizens - Safety through Citizen Interaction - Caring for Community - Sports & Recreation - Lifelong Learning
Passion

Passion

For People The City of Gainesville provided 360,000 meals and snacks for youth of needy families as a sponsor of the Summer Nutrition Program.

For Nature The City of Gainesville maintains 37 active parks encompassing over 450 acres.

For Energy GRU is the state leader in energy efficiency goals.

For Conservation Our residential curbside recycling program diverted almost 40 percent, or a total of 13,187.60 tons, of recyclable material from the waste stream.

Diversity

Of People…The predominant University of Florida and extensive healthcare system helps attract a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds and all walks of life to the region.

Of Activities… This area continues to emerge as a diverse crossroads offering an array of nature, historic and cultural-based attractions, championship caliber sporting events, festivals and museums for our citizens and visitors.

Of Business… Gainesville is the region's commercial hub; it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse.

State of the Art Technology

Our Regional Transit System (RTS) bus routes all are now trackable using a state of the art GPS tracking system available real-time online via computer or through hand held mobile devices.

The city is currently implementing a county-wide traffic management system that coordinates and times traffic signals, provides traffic signal priority to emergency vehicles and transit buses, and utilizes traffic cameras for facilitating real-time traffic signal timing and congestion/incident management.

The Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center (GTEC) is a community program providing early stage technology startup companies with tools, training and infrastructure to help them grow and develop into financially viable technology enterprises.

Innovation and Energy

The City of Gainesville’s utility, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), is the first municipal utility in North America to offer a “feed-in-tariff” solar power incentive plan to energize solar energy production.

GRU is a state leader in energy efficiency goals, with a planned 10 percent reduction in energy use by 2015.

GRU launched 22 new energy efficiency programs over the past two years, including a custom business rebate program that has resulted in over 5,800 MWhs of energy.

Together with the business programs, installations of energy efficient products have saved enough energy to power 1,323 homes for one year.

Arts and Culture

Theater patrons can choose from a variety of venues including: Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the historical Hippodrome State Theatre, the Gainesville Community Playhouse, H.P. Constans Theatre, the Dance Theatre of Santa Fe and the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre.

Music lovers will enjoy the musical diversity of Gainesville. Live music is offered at the Let’s Go Downtown “Free Fridays” Plaza Series in downtown Gainesville from May to October.

Gainesville boasts an active dance community offering performances from two outstanding dance companies - Dance Alive! and the Gainesville Ballet Theatre.

Gainesville’s Florida Museum of Natural History is home to more than 25 million specimens and artifacts and is one of the 10 most comprehensive natural history museums in the nation.

Conserving our Natural Resources

GRUgreen Energy – a blend of renewable resources – bio mass from landfills generating 1.1 megawatts of electricity, wind purchased from other companies and solar produced locally, making up 5 percent of the total blend.

Deerhaven 2 Retrofit – will improve air quality and allow us to achieve greater emission reductions than required by the U.S. EPA.

The Murphree Water Plant has been recognized by the American Water Works Association as the "Best Water Treatment Plant in Florida" and has been named numerous times as the "Best Operated Plant" by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation.


Protecting our Citizens

Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) offers a number of community outreach programs to help keep our citizens safe, including:

Project Get Alarmed involves installing free smoke detectors in homes.

Junior Fire Academy is a program for middle school students with a keen interest in the fire service.

Kiwanis' Safety City is a two-acre child-sized complex developed to teach fire, electrical, bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Camp Amigo is a one-week summer camp for children that are burn victims. The camp is fully funded by private donations and the campers stay free of charge.

Safety Through Citizen Interaction

Gainesville Police Department (GPD) offers a number of community outreach programs to help keep our citizens safe, including:

Reichert House Program is an after-school program designed for middle school and high school youth who are in need of assistance in making the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

The Black on Black Crime Task Force is a cooperative effort between the GPD and citizens who work to devise innovative strategies to reduce crime, particularly in disadvantaged areas of the community.

The Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to promote citizen interaction with law enforcement and give an in-depth look at the day to day functions of GPD.


Caring for Community

The city’s Housing Department oversees a variety of programs that helps city residents become homeowners. These programs include: the Homeowner Education Program and training workshops for potential first-time homebuyers.

Each year the Public Works Department participates in the Great American Cleanup and 10 neighborhood cleanups, collecting trash and recycling and disposing of 193,360 pounds of trash, tires and scrap metal last year alone.

GRU involves their employees in the community. A few of these opportunities include: Project Share, a vital program that provides assistance to those who may have difficulty paying a utility bill through voluntary donations and Adopt-a-School where Williams Elementary School has been a sponsored school since 1997.

Sports and Recreation

The City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs maintains a year-round schedule of events, recreational activities and competitive sports for all ages.

Gainesville’s outdoor enthusiasts regularly head for any of the 40 nature parks within 50 miles of Gainesville to picnic, boat, swim, hike, camp, bike, hunt or fish.

Cyclists can pedal almost anywhere in the county with 60 miles of roadways containing on-street bike lanes. Gainesville has been ranked among the top 10 bicycling communities in the U.S. by Bicycling Magazine.

Other attractions include the Santa Fe College Zoo, the only community college teaching zoo in the nation.

Stargazers can get a front row view of the cosmos at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College, as well as the University of Florida Teaching Observatory.

The Gainesville area offers nine golf courses and to challenge the most avid golfer. The city-owned Ironwood Golf Course continues to serve as the home course for several high school golf teams.

Lifelong Learning

The Gainesville Corporate University (GCU) was created to provide a comprehensive learning environment designed to meet the developmental needs of the employees of the City of Gainesville.

Gainesville, Florida is home to a number of nationally ranked and recognized learning institutions, including the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.

Gainesville boasts a vibrant public school system, highlighted by innovative gifted and magnet programs, including Eastside High School’s two magnet programs – the Institute of Culinary Arts and the International Baccalaureate Program. The IB Program is ranked in the top 5% of the nation and the Institute of Culinary Arts is ranked 1st in the State of Florida and 2nd in the nation for programs of its kind.