Gainesville Region Receives Support for Allied Health and Biotechnology Jobs from Department of Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC. – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.67 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Santa Fe College to build a biotechnology laboratory and classroom addition to the college’s new Perry Center for Emerging Technologies in Alachua.

The project is expected to create 270 jobs and generate $380 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

“The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation’s economic competitiveness,” Locke said. “This EDA grant will create jobs and provide the lab space needed to advance biotechnology innovation and help prepare students to fill critically important allied health and biotechnology job openings.”  

The project will consist of a 6,000 sq. ft. addition to include one dedicated program laboratory for biomedical engineering technology, one general purpose laboratory for general biology and chemistry, one large classroom, and general office space.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (

This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.