Byline: Alison Trinidad
If the pursuit of knowledge is contagious, Jacksonville is one step closer to becoming infected. Don't worry; it's a good thing.
This week, the University of North Florida announced it created a research center to help businesses and government agencies improve their economic planning and forecasting.
Area agencies without research expertise - both public and private - have long relied on outside consultants to provide such services.
The center is being run by university faculty (many of whom are Ph.D.'s), with opportunities to engage students in research.
Not only could such a center attract researchers, …