Mayor Braddy launched the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee on Economic Competitiveness, expanded free Wi-Fi to three East Gainesville locations, facilitated zoning and planning for the Butler Plaza expansion, and developed a strategic plan with the University of Florida to improve lighting around the campus as well as off-campus student housing. Braddy also launched the Freedom in Motion partnership with Uber, ElderCare of Alachua County and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to provide transportation to low-income seniors. His goal is to make Gainesville a city of opportunity for business development and entrepreneurship, and he has led delegations to New York, Chicago, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, to promote the community.
Braddy feels his biggest impact on the community to date is having brought about change in leadership at Gainesville Regional Utilities. Facilitating the resignation of the previous leader, creating stability by appointing the interim leader and finally negotiating the hire of the new permanent general manager, whose financial background should help draw down rates in the future, have all been key to the community.
Braddy is passionate about opportunity and the country’s founding principle of the right to pursue happiness. He believes he must therefore work on creating an affordable, user-friendly and proactive economic environment where people can pursue opportunities on their terms.
The positive partnerships developing between the City of Gainesville, UF, Santa Fe College, the Gainesville Area Chamber and others to develop talent can truly transform the Greater Gainesville area into one of economic opportunity and entrepreneurship, according to Braddy.
Braddy, a proud UF and SF College alum, is an avid fisherman and loves to be out on the water with his kids. He has a daughter at SF College and four children at PK Yonge.