The Collier Companies Surprises Local Educators

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Employees at Lincoln Middle School were in for a surprise recently when they were gifted with a bit more than expected from local real estate development company, The Collier Companies.

 

Through the school’s PTSA program president, a donation of $5,000 was given by The Collier Companies with the simple mission of thanking the staff. Along with teachers, staff and support staff were each gifted $80 Publix gift cards, $20 gift cards to local restaurant Piesanos along with a take and bake meal, and a goody bag.  The surprise came as a “Thank You” from The Collier Companies and its founder, Nathan S. Collier.

 

Founder and Chairman of The Collier Companies, Nathan S. Collier, a frequent supporter of arts and education, was elated to give back.  “I can think of no higher compliment to the teachers at Lincoln Middle School, than the fact that my son who could go to any private school chose to attend a public school”, explained Collier. 

 

Collier and his organization have a reputation for giving back to local students, educators and organizations that uplift the local community. The Collier Prize for State Government Accountability created by Collier at the University of Florida is on the largest journalism prizes in our nation. The organization also sponsors the Alachua County Scholastic Chess Association and arts within the city.


Collier Companies joins Alachua Public Schools to Provide Wi-Fi to Students

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In a time of uncertainty in the Nation, our children’s’ education and opportunities to learn should be prioritized.  With many families without Wi-Fi and over 27,000 children enrolled in Alachua County Public Schools practicing distance-learning, a new initiative to assist students has begun.

 

The launch of the free School Bus Wi-Fi program for remote learning by Alachua County Public Schools began April 20th.

 

Hot spots will be available for students at almost 50 various sites around Alachua county for three hours each weekday, using school buses as the center.  Hot spots will be available to those within 15-200 feet of the bus.  Along with multiple access points for students and their families, the district has provided almost 3,000 electronic devices for a-home use.

 

Nathan S. Collier, Chairman/Founder of Gainesville-based The Collier Companies, the largest private provider of student housing in the nation, was elated to offer communities as hot spot locations.  The Collier Companies and Nathan S. Collier are proud to support this wonderful initiative and are honored to offer space at Bivens Cove Apartments here in Gainesville.

 

“Together we are stronger. The Collier Companies is a locally owned small business that cheerfully supports the community of which it is a proud member”, explained Nathan S. Collier, “E Pluribus Unum, now more than ever.”

 

Collier, a supporter of local arts and education, was immediately delighted to join in the efforts. With a strong company culture, one of the founding principles of The Collier Companies manifesto is, “We Believe in life-long learning (Obsessively so) and that to cease to learn is to cease to live.”

 

A full list of all hot spot locations is available here.


TCC Sponsors local Gatorball Baseball Academy

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Founded in 2006, Gatorball Baseball Academy provides our youth the opportunity to fulfill their potential, make great friends, learn from wonderful mentors and more.  With assistance from a $2,000 donation from The Collier Companies and its Founder, Nathan S. Collier, the athletic organization funded trips and tournaments for their young players.

 
Nathan S. Collier and The Collier Companies are honored to support such a wonderful organization!

 

Learn more about Gatorball Baseball Academy here!

 

Nathan S. Collier is the founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest individual owner of student housing with more than 45 properties and approximately 11,000 apartments in Florida, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Collier, who earned a bachelor’s, master’s and J.D. from the University of Florida, has endowed the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program at UF’s Warrington College of Business. He is a generous supporter of the arts in Gainesville and of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Collier Prize Accepts Final Submissions

Owner, Nathan S. Collier, sits among development plans holding his glasses
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Final entries have been submitted for the Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, as the total number of entries was counted at fifty-five when the January 31st deadline approached.

The Collier Prize, one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation, is funded by Nathan S. Collier, founder, and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest private provider of student housing in the nation.  Introduced at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the top prize will be presented at the annual event once entries have been collected and judged.

The prize, worth $25,000, recognizes the best professional U.S. reporting on state government accountability in any medium or any platform.  Entries will be judged based on impact resulting from the reporting along with the overall accountability coverage and any challenges or difficulties experienced while reporting or publishing.

Collier is a descendant of Peter Fenelon Collier who founded Collier’s, a weekly magazine that focused on investigative journalism.  “Collier’s Weekly had a long history of investigative journalism, shining light in the dark recesses of government,” said Collier, “I am honoring Peter Fenelon Collier’s vision and dedication by supporting a vibrant free press, particularly at the state government level.

Along with the winner, three honorable mention winners (who will take home $1,000 each), will be announced by the University of Florida School of Journalism on April 25, 2020.

For more information about the Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, click here!


Nathan S. Collier Sponsors UF MSRE ReConnect Alumni Event

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Nathan S. Collier and The Collier Companies is proud to sponsor the opening networking event for the 2020 Trends + Strategies Conference, hosted by the University of Florida Bergstrom Center.  Presented by The Collier Companies, the ReConnect event exclusively for program alumni and advisory board members the day before the Trends conference.  This networking event will allow guests to engage prior to the conferences’ opening day.

 

The annual conference brings together commercial and residential real estate investors, brokers, developers and other professionals in the real estate industry.   The 2-day conference will feature speakers from the University of Florida Bergstrom program, leading organizations in the industry, and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Business Owner and UF Grad, Emmitt Smith.

 

Ranked #1 Master of Science in Real Estate program among public Universities, the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program has continually grown in success and size!  Along with the Nathan S. Collier MSRE Scholarship, leading the programs 2018 Commencement program and actively engaging and networking with students from the program, Mr. Collier also leads courses throughout the semester.

 

Learn more about the ReConnect Event and the Trends + Strategies Conference by reaching out to the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center


Collier Challenge with The Hipp Brings in $168K in First Year

2nd Place street with the Hippodrome State Theatre and businesses in downtown Gainesville, Florida, USA
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2019 saw the introduction of the Collier Challenge to the city of Gainesville, Florida, as well as lovers of the arts far and wide.  The challenge to assist beloved theater, The Hippodrome, was the brainchild of The Collier Companies Founder/Chairman and Philanthropist, Nathan S. Collier.  After only one year, over $80,000 was raised by the Theater which was then matched by Collier.

The Collier Challenge began after The Hippodrome (“The Hipp”) received almost $140,000 less in funding due to cuts within the 2018 state budget.  Collier has a special place and mission in his heart for the city, as well as the local arts, as his wife is a professional ballerina, photographer, and artist.

With a family history steeped within the city, (his father served Gainesville for 18 years as City Commissioner), The Hipp was a part of Collier’s childhood and he wants to ensure its future.  “The Hipp was part of my youth, I remember attending plays in a couple of temporary make-do locations”, Collier fondly recalls, “(I) remember once in a small crowded venue where the stage was raised, I sat on the floor with my feet stuck under the stage!

A 10-year commitment by Collier, the Developer plans to match donations dollar for dollar up to $100,000 each year for 10 years.   The funds will go towards salaries, educational programming, operations and more.

 

To learn more about the Collier Challenge, click here!


TCC Welcomes Costa Rica Institute of Technology Students for 3rd Year

Nathan Collier welcoming Costa Rica Institute of Technology Students
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Students meet with Nathan S. Collier at UF Law

Students meet with Nathan S. Collier at UF Law

 

Continuing in their commitment to share knowledge within the housing industry through education, The Collier Companies, and their Founder, Nathan S. Collier, recently welcomed students from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology for their 3rd annual visit to Gainesville.

All Business School students, the special guests were welcomed into the city by the TCC Team, UF Warrington Business School & UF School of Journalism, Shands Hospital CEO, Edward Jimenez, and a host of other citizens eager to show off their Southern hospitality.

The students attended courses such as Introduction to Real Estate and Cultural Immersion, taught by TCC Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, for which the UF Masters of Real Estate program is named. Students were introduced to TCC Case-Studies, taken on personal tours of the University, and even welcomed to listen to the knowledge shared by Pulitzer Prize-winning professor, Ted Bridis.

 

I learned SO MUCH. I think that I will arrive in Costa Rica tomorrow being a different person in many aspects. I’m so grateful with the Professor Patricia and Mr. Collier for this opportunity. And also, the relationship that I build with my classmates during the week was awesome.” – Marialex, Costa Rica Institute for Technology student

“First, I would like to say when grateful I am with this opportunity, I know that not many people have the opportunity to live this experience. To be able to come to UF is to know a totally different world from the one we know in Costa Rica. I think I’m very fortunate to be able to live this experience. I’m also very lucky to have a professor like Professor Patricia. … And it is thanks to Professor Patricia that we got the support of Mr. Collier. Without Mr. Collier this trip would never have happened and I feel very grateful for the opportunity, this is a life-changing experience of a person and would never have happened without the support of Mr. Collier.”Kembly, Costa Rica Institute for Technology student

 

Students pose in front of the TCC HO SignStudents listen to NSC teaching Cultural Immersion

Nathan S. Collier and TCC are always ecstatic to host this annual visit, and are looking forward to the next!

Thank you to the University of Florida team along with Dr. Patricia Lopez Estrada from TEC for their knowledge! 

 



Nathan S. Collier introduces the Collier Challenge at The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome in Downtown Gainesville
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The Collier Companies Founder & Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, has introduced the Collier Challenge to the city of Gainesville, Florida, and fans of The Hippodrome Theater, (“The Hipp”).  The iconic local jewel is a staple in the arts community and shares a special place in the heart of the Developer, Nathan S. Collier.

The Collier Challenge: Hippodrome 2029 officially began on April 29th, to the joy of theater-goers and local community citizens alike.  The challenge is a 10-year commitment by Collier to match donations dollar for dollar that will go directly the  Hippodrome Theater.

With a 93% cut to nonprofit organizations in the 2018 state budget, The Hippodrome Theater received almost $140,000 less in funding than they primarily receive for their annual operation costs.  The importance of cultural outlets and community growth in Gainesville is important to Collier, who also recently introduced the annual $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability with the University of Florida School of Journalism, which was introduced at the 2019 White House Correspondents Dinner.

“Beyond the fact I’m married to a professional ballerina and now an artistic professional photographer with not one but two galleries, here and in Europe, I’ve always felt that the Hipp was a unique artistic treasure, both for Gainesville and for downtown. I located The Collier Companies Headquarters in downtown because I very much enjoy living/working in a vibrant, mixed-use pedestrian environment that allows me to mingle casually with my fellow citizens,” said Collier. “The Hipp’s live theatre brings people downtown, gives downtown a special aura, adds tremendously to the ambiance.”

The Hippodrome Theater not only presents performances for public enjoyment, but provides employment for local performers, education for children, and so much more.  To join the Collier Challenge, please visit https://thehipp.org/collier-pledge-form.

 

Read more about The Collier Challenge on Gainesville.com!

 

Nathan S. Collier is founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest individual owner of student housing with more than 45 properties and approximately 11,000 apartments in Florida, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Collier, who earned a bachelor’s, master’s and J.D. from the University of Florida, has endowed the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program at UF’s Warrington College of Business. He is a generous supporter of the arts in Gainesville and of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 


Nathan S. Collier & University of Florida Announce $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability

$25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
University of Florida Announces $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government
Accountability
Gainesville, Fla., April 25, 2019

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) announced the creation of The Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, a prize that will be awarded annually at the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner starting in 2020.

The $25,000 prize, one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation, is designed to encourage coverage of state government, focusing on investigative and political reporting. The award is funded by Nathan S. Collier, founder and chairman of The Collier Companies headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. Collier is a descendant of Peter Fenelon Collier, who in 1888 founded Collier’s, a weekly magazine focused on investigative journalism and publishing stories from renowned journalists such as Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell and Samuel Hopkins Adams. One of the magazine’s most famous investigative series was the “The Great American Fraud,” which analyzed the contents of popular patent medicines and led to the first Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.

“Collier’s Weekly had a long history of investigative journalism, shining light in the dark recesses of government,” said Collier, great-grandnephew of the magazine’s founder. “I am honoring Peter Fenelon Collier’s vision and dedication by supporting a vibrant free press, particularly at the state government level.”

In announcing this award, UFCJC Dean Diane McFarlin cited a diminished investment in
statehouse coverage over the last decade. “The professional news media’s watchdog role in state capitols has declined precipitously over the last decade in the number of journalists employed to cover state governments,” said McFarlin, former publisher of the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune. “The result is that citizens don’t know what they don’t know, and the danger is that corruption and malfeasance can proceed unchecked. We hope this prize will encourage more rigorous coverage of a government body that has a direct impact on citizens’ lives every day.”

 

A 2014 assessment of state capitol press corps by the Pew Research Center found that the number of newspaper reporters covering state capitols declined by 35 percent between 2003 and 2014. Less than one-third of newspapers today assign even one reporter to the statehouse. Among local TV news stations, it is just 14 percent. In Florida alone, the number of journalists stationed in Tallahassee and assigned to cover the Legislature and government agencies has dwindled by as much as half in the last decade, by some estimates.

UFCJC will partner with WHCA to promote, administer and present the annual award.

“I’m deeply grateful to the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications for partnering with us to create the Collier Prize for Statehouse Accountability,” said Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent for SiriusXm radio and WHCA president. “Few trends in news worry me more than the widespread hollowing-out of local and regional coverage. The WHCA cannot, by itself or even with a generous partner, reverse this corrosive phenomenon, but we owe it to ourselves and to the public to sound this call to arms.”

Details for submitting nominations for the 2020 award will be available in fall 2019.

For more information, contact Randy Bennett at 352-273-1223 or rbennett@jou.ufl.edu.

 

About Nathan S. Collier
Nathan S. Collier is founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest owner of multifamily housing with more than 45 properties and approximately 11,000 apartments in Florida, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Collier, who earned a bachelor’s, master’s and J.D. from the
University Florida, has endowed the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program at UF’s Warrington College of Business. He is a generous supporter of the arts in Gainesville and financial patron of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About the White House Correspondents Association
The White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as
well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the
presidency.

About the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, recognized by its peers as one of the premier programs in the country, is driving innovation and engagement across the disciplines of advertising, journalism, public relations, and telecommunication. The college’s strength is drawn from both academic rigor and experiential learning. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates, both online and on campus. CJC students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the Innovation News Center, which generates content across multiple platforms, and The Agency, an integrated strategic communication and consumer research agency focused on marketing to young adults. The College includes seven broadcast and digital media properties, the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the nation’s only STEM Translational Communication Center and Center for Public Interest Communications.