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e-Journal 5-27-15: CAMC Works on Multiple Fronts to Strengthen Region’s Manufacturing Sector

e-Journal 5-27-15: CAMC Works on Multiple Fronts to Strengthen Region’s Manufacturing Sector

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

May 27, 2015

CAMC Works on Multiple Fronts to Strengthen Region’s Manufacturing Sector

Last week, Gainesville Area Advanced Manufacturers attended the Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council meeting, taking a deep dive on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the success and growth of their industry. Florida Council of 100 President/CEO Susan Pareigis discussed the Gainesville region’s academicRead more

Upcoming Events

Jun 10 Ribbon Cutting- Celebrate Primary Care

Jun 18 Gainesville Restaurant Week Kick-off Event

Jun 18-28 Gainesville Restaurant Week

Jun 23 Export University 101

Jun 23 Business Before Hours – Best Western Gateway Grand

Jun 25 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Peaceful Paths Inc.

Chamber Circle of Champions & Media Partners Talk Education with Superintendent Owen Roberts

The Chamber’s Circle of Champions & Media Partners last week had an opportunity to hear from Superintendent Owen Roberts, Ph.D., about the latest developments in his efforts to take the Alachua County Public School district to new heights. Using his past experience in crafting seamless education partnerships from birth to university-level and beyond, Dr. Roberts outlined plans to build resources and capacity…Read more

Gainesville Restaurant Week to Kick Off in June

Everyone’s favorite ‘eat local’ celebration is back and better than ever! This year, there is no cost for restaurants to participate and no rules for specials, so the possibilities for an exciting array of options and promotions for the Gainesville community are endless. Gift Certificates & More is back again this year to make these deals even sweeter, and Visit Gainesville and Florida Food Service…Read more

Tech Council to Welcome Gainesville Dev Academy

Founders and partners of the “Gainesville Dev Academy”—a newcomer to the region’s tech scene—will be officially welcomed by the Gainesville Tech Council Tuesday, June 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. The new academy serves as both a training resource for employers, or a tool for students to develop the skills needed to gain a competitive edge in the job market. The Gainesville Tech Council meeting will be held at The Historic Thomas…Read more

Export University Taking Applications

Are you interested in moving your products into global markets, but unsure how to get started? If so, Export University 101 can help. Export University–a training program developed by the Florida District Export Council in cooperation with the Florida Trade Alliance Partners—will be held June 23, 2015, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Export University is designed to help companies begin an export initiative…Read more

Two New City Commission Members Sworn In

Recently elected Gainesville City Commissioners Charles Goston (District 1) and Harvey Budd (At-Large) were sworn into office last Thursday before immediately heading over to City Hall to their first official meeting. Both commissioners offered remarks during the ceremony, voicing gratitude for voters’ confidence and briefly speaking to their respective focuses and priorities while in office…Read more

Special Session Begins Next Week

Florida Legislators will convene in Tallahassee for a 20-day Special Legislative Session from June 1 to June 20 to reconcile key outstanding legislative items, namely the state budget, which must by law be passed by June 30. Legislative leaders have been meeting to iron out the details before all legislators return to Tallahassee for a vote. The Chamber will monitor developments related to its 2015 State Legislative Priorities…Read more

Governor Signs Online Voter Registration into law

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that will allow online voter registration beginning in 2017. While visiting legislators in Tallahassee this past March, a Chamber-led delegation of business leaders expressed support for online voter registration because of its potential for cost savings and efficiency. Arizona was the first state to implement voter registration, and saw the cost of processing…Read more

Public Leadership Institute Application Period Open

If you are interested in running for office, leadership, candidacy or public policy issues, the Public Leadership Institute may be for you! The Business Community Coalition (BCC)—a partnership between the Gainesville Area Chamber, the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors and the Builders Association of North Central Florida—has opened the application period for the 2015 Public Leadership Institute (PLI). PLI…Read more

Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

See details for this and other county government-related meetings here.

Chamber Executive Ian Fletcher Completes Yearlong Education Fellowship, Looks Onward to Further Shaping the Alachua County Education Compact

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Workforce Development Ian Fletcher has graduated from the Fellowship for Education Attainment, along with 19 other Chamber Executives. This immersive yearlong fellowship program is a professional academy launched by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in 2014 and serves to advance chambers’ previously defined education attainment goals to ultimately…Read more

Alachua County Education Compact: In The News

The Alachua County Education Compact signing received significant media attention, so to recap the coverage, related news, as well as the news itself, please enjoy the links here…Read more

Opportunity Is Knocking Luncheon Series: Greater Gainesville Is Rising

The Gainesville Chamber is proud to support Plum Creek’s Envision Alachua initiative and align with our iG initiative for regional economic progress. Please join us for the second in a series of first Friday “lunch and learns” as we share the facts about Envision Alachua, including the many opportunities for community progress, economic prosperity and business growth the plan offers the businesses and people of Alachua County…Read more


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Pofahl Studios Celebrates Its 59th Annual Recital: PETER PAN!

Graduating seniors include: Clair Norden as Peter Pan, Rachel Ridley as Tinker Bell, Stephon Johnson as Captain Hook, Jacqueline Kessler as Tiger Lily, Delaney Ruth as Wendy, Nika Sourakov as the…Read more

2 College Brothers Introduces Online Booking

2 College Brothers, Inc is proud to announce it is now the first moving company in Gainesville to now offer online booking! We know moving can be a stressful time, and sometimes calling around and dealing…Read more

Titletown Gator Club Awards Scholarships to University of Florida Students from Alachua County

The Titletown Gator Club has awarded ten scholarships to deserving students from Alachua County. Six recipients are high school seniors who will be freshmen for the upcoming fall semester at the…Read more

Alachua County Library District Presents New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Berry June 7

Alachua County Library District’s Author Series presents New York Times and internationally bestselling author Steve Berry on Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m. at Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street…Read more

Florida School of Massage to Offer Introductory “Discover Massage!”

The Florida School of Massage will host “Discover Massage!,” a one-day workshop designed to introduce the community to the field of massage therapy. The event will take place on Sunday, June 14 from…Read more

Limited WUFT deal for Chamber Members Only

Local National Public Radio affiliate WUFT-FM is offering up to 12 Chamber member businesses a special recognition deal. For a $99 monthly investment, your business will receive: 16 broadcast name…Read more

Jackson Stoneworks Donating Free Custom Granite Lazy Susans for Auction or Charity

Are you raising money for a local charity? Have you donated recently to a worthy local cause? If your answer to either question is “yes,” Jackson Stoneworks wants to give you the custom, solid granite…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps

Jun 18 Gainesville Restaurant Week Kick-off Event

Jun 18 – June 28 Gainesville Restaurant Week

Welcome New Members!

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Bush Gator Transmission & Auto Repair, Inc

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Harmony United Psychiatric Care

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Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Alachua Conservation Trust

Bread Of The Mighty Food Bank, Inc

Commercial Metals Company

NovaBone Products, LLC

Perry Roofing Co

WCJB TV Channel 20

University of Florida Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations

City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

Aquatic Training Institute, Inc.

Blue Gill Quality Food

Kiwanis Club of the University City

Renaissance Printing

GatorCPR: The Center for CPR and Safety Training

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