Editorial: Keep up work to retain local startups

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    Alachua County does a good job of nurturing start-up companies, but needs to get better at keeping them in the community as they grow.

    The University of Florida’s business incubator in Gainesville, now known as The Hub, opened a new wing in January that doubled the facility’s size. The wing is already about 70 percent occupied, according to a spokeswoman for UF Innovate, the umbrella organization that includes UF’s technology licensing and business incubators.

    Construction is underway on about 55,000 square feet of nearby office space for companies that have outgrown The Hub and other incubators. Brian Crawford, president of project co-developer Concept Companies, told The Sun that the space will help retain local startups as well as recruit mature businesses from elsewhere.