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UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County and Ag Auditorium Building Ribbon Cutting

Press release from Alachua County

The Alachua County Commission is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting for the new UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County and Ag Auditorium building. The event takes place on November 30, 2021, at 1 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (22712 W. Newberry Road, Newberry). The public is welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Michele Lieberman, Alachua County Manager
  • Marihelen Wheeler, Alachua County Board of County Commission, Chair
  • Dr. Kent Fuchs, University of Florida President
  • Dr. Andra Johnson, UF/IFAS Dean for Extension
  • Jordan Marlowe, Mayor City of Newberry
  • Dr. Cynthia Sanders, UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension Director

“The dream of a new Extension Office has been in the works for many years,” Alachua County Chair Marihelen Wheeler said. “With the determination and the support of the Alachua County Commission, the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, the City of Newberry, and a State of Florida Department of Agriculture grant, that dream is now a reality.” 
 
The new facility houses six Extension Faculty Agents, three County-funded staff, and one Program Assistant. The Ag Auditorium will provide seating for 300 attending Extension programs, training, and public events. 
 
“We are all very excited about cutting the ribbon on this new project,” UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director Dr. Cynthia Sanders said. “I look forward to providing a higher level of service to our residents and accommodating groups needing event space.”

COVID-19 Precautions: It is strongly recommended that those not vaccinated wear masks.