Media Advisory

UF Strategic Development Plan public meeting scheduled for July 27

WHAT: A public meeting to inform UF students, faculty and staff and the greater Gainesville community about UF’s Strategic Development Plan and progress to date, and to discuss ideas and receive feedback from the community on future planning.

WHO: Presented by the University of Florida and representatives from Elkus Manfredi Architects in strategic partnership with DumontJanks, the consultant team hired to develop the plan.

WHEN AND WHERE: 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 27 at the GRU administrations building’s multipurpose room at 301 SE 4th Ave.

BACKGROUND: The University of Florida’s 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.

Work to date includes a CoMap survey, where the UF and Gainesville community were asked to indicate where they live, work and socialize, as well as to outline their typical transportation routes. The survey yielded the placement of approximately 60,000 icons throughout the greater Gainesville area. The results demonstrated the community’s strong sense of connection with outdoor areas, including such locations as Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve and Lake Wauburg as well as locations in Gainesville proper and on campus. These locations were virtually identical to the responses of people when asked what makes Gainesville special. The consultants noted this was a unique aspect of Gainesville that distinguishes it from comparable communities. 

More public forums will be held in August – details will be announced as they become available.

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Dixon, Director of Planning, Planning, Design and Construction,, 352-273-4010

For more information, visit the Strategic Development Plan website, and to download a PowerPoint presentation shared with the UF Board of Trustees in June.

You can also sign up for the latest news and updates regarding the plan here.