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Nov 25, 2013

Envision Alachua Task Force Planning the Future and Converting Skeptics

Many of the three-dozen people involved in the Envision Alachua Task Force were optimistic from the beginning. They embraced the desire of timber and development company Plum Creek...to collaborate in planning the future of its local property. But long-time rural leaders Bobbi Walton and Justin Williams were skeptics.

Now Walton and Williams are converts to the multi-year collaboration that ended up focusing on bringing jobs to eastern Alachua County—possibly through manufacturing plants, distribution centers and agricultural research facilities (including ones for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences). In fact, Walton feels like she’s having the best of both worlds; Plum Creek plans to implement a development buffer around Windsor while providing economic benefits to the community.

Business Magazine Gainesville, businessmagazinegainesville.com, November 25, 2013 (read entire article)

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