Lauren Poe

Mayor - City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville is a unique and opportune place, characterized by its commitment to lively civic spaces, a strong offering of vital public services and opportunities for economic and social resilience for all of our neighbors.

Over its rich history this city has grown from a small rural farming society to a bustling commercial and  industrial center that is home to one of the nation’s most prestigious public research institutions —The  University of Florida.

Our partnership with UF continues to flourish and together we are finding  new ways to collaborate and  innovate for the betterment of our community.  By harnessing the power of university research and  ingenuity, we have been able to make significant strides in critical areas including roadway safety,

neighborhood preservation and community health. When we work together, we do great things!

Since its earliest days, progressive thinking and entrepreneurial gusto have defined Gainesville. Innovation in the early 1900s gave rise to electricity, brickpaved streets, telephones and a modern public water system well before many of its neighbors. Today, that same forward-thinking spirit persists.

The city is pursuing opportunities to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions through its electrical vehicle program, and we are working to reduce waste by supporting policies and lifestyle choices that minimize litter now and for future generations.

What truly drives people to love where they live is their perception of a community’s aesthetics, social offerings and openness. Perception is reality, and the reality is that Gainesville is known for its vibrant music scene, startup culture, signature events, incredible parks and magnificent tree canopy. It’s a magnet for new neighbors looking for a special place to visit or call home.

Public programing including fitness classes, live music and special events are happening, on average, 6 days a week at the city’s Bo Diddley Plaza.

Depot Park, one of our hallmark accomplishments and the epitome of a vision come to life, has been nationally recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the Top 10 Repurposed Railroad Depots in America. Public/private partnerships are thriving in our Innovation District and companies continue to call Gainesville home, creating new jobs in our community.

In Gainesville, our purpose is our people. I welcome all of you, from the life-long resident to the newly relocated snowbird, students and visitors alike; take part in Gainesville’s story of greatness and take advantage of the countless opportunities this great city has to offer.

City of Gainesville
200 East University Ave
Gainesville FL 32601

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