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e-Journal 7-7-15: Mid-Year Employment Snapshot

e-Journal 7-7-15: Mid-Year Employment Snapshot

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

July 7, 2015

Mid-Year Employment Snapshot

The Chamber continues to support and participate in collaborative efforts across Greater Gainesville to meet business innovation with talent strategies to address today’s talent needs, while preparing a workforce that can support and fuel tomorrow’s growth. As we enter the second half of the year, the following benchmarks demonstrate that jobs are growing and unemploymentRead more

Upcoming Events

Jul 10 Opportunity is Knocking: A Lunch and Learn Series

Jul 21 Ribbon Cutting – RTI Surgical, Logistics & Technology Center

Jul 23 Ribbon Cutting – TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Aug 18 Business Before Hours – TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Member Discounts Increase the Value of Membership Investment

Many of our members are enjoying greater value of membership through member discounts. Chamber members are eligible for discounts on auto purchases, computer networking and repair, legal services, advertising and a list of others. In many cases, the discounts offered have the potential to more than repay most annual membership dues. Please go to Member Discount Section of the Gainesville Chamber website to learn…Read more

Now Accepting Nominations for Chamber Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is accepting recommendations for Chamber Board of Directors members for the 2016 calendar year. Board director terms are a three-year commitment. All nominations are due to the Chamber no later than July 31, 2015, at which time the candidates will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee. A slate of new directors will be proposed at the August 27, 2015, Board meeting and be declared elected at the…Read more

See the Potential of Envision Alachua for Yourself

30,000 possible jobs in 50 years. 47,000 acres permanently protected from development. 50 percent reduction in water usage according to water ethic established by the Envision Alachua Sector Plan. These numbers quantify some of the opportunities our region could realize the new Envision Alachua Sector Plan is approved. Here’s another number: 2:21. That’s two minutes, twenty-one seconds, which is exactly how long…Read more

Marketing Delegation Visits Boston, MA to Share Greater Gainesville’s Potential for Life Sciences Growth and Return on Investment

Greater Gainesville’s vibrant Life Sciences industry is among our region’s strongest assets and is vital to our efforts to make this region the global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity. During a June 28-30 marketing delegation trip to Boston, MA, nine representatives from the Gainesville Area Chamber, County of Alachua, University of Florida and the region’s business community shared the ways our region…Read more

Alachua County Education Compact Prioritizes STEM Engagement for Students

A recent article on written by Washington Correspondent Jamaal Abdul-Alim reports that gender and racial gaps in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields persist, despite efforts and resources—as reflected in the U.S. News/Raytheon STEM index released June 29—committed to closing them. A 2014 American College Testing (ACT) report reflects a lag in college readiness in…Read more

Cell Phone/Cable TV Rate Reductions Now in Effect

As of July 1, Florida taxpayers began saving on their cell phone, cable and satellite bills. The Florida Legislature last month passed a 1/73 percent rate reduction on the state sales tax as part of a Florida Chamber-backed $400 million targeted tax reform package. Floridians will save a total of $220 million in the first year due to the phone and TV tax reduction. Communications services providers have until October 1, 2015, to implement the…Read more

Public Policy in the News

Recent news regarding Public Policy:

Former City Commissioner Lauren Poe Running for Mayor

New GRU Budget Includes Rate Hike, Raises, Tier Changes

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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

Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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


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Hippodrome Art Gallery: CALL TO ARTISTS for 2015-16 Mainstage Season

The Hippodrome Theatre is accepting applications from local artists, both professional and emerging, as well as local organizations, to showcase during the Mainstage 2015-2016 season. Submissions should…Read more

James Moore Welcomes Four New Hires

James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to welcome Rick Feldman, Doreen Kidd, Troy Land, and Farah Rajaee to the firm. Feldman, Certified Public Accountant, will serve…Read more

DANCE ALIVE presents its Golden 50th Anniversary Season

50 years of Nutcrackers – 50 years of artistic creations – 50 years of children learning to appreciate dance – 50 years of enriching the community – 50 years of blood, sweat and tears. Here’s to 50 more! DANB’s…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps

Jul 7 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Outputs, Outcomes, and Social Impact

Jul 8 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Introduction to Social Enterprise

Jul 9 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Tri-Sector Management for Nonprofits

Jul 10 Creative B Movie Series: THEM!

Jul 13 Audition Notice

Jul 17 Creative B Movie Series: Bringing Up Baby

Jul 24 Make-Up, Moscato & More Hosted by Claudia Jordan of RHOA

Jul 24 Creative B Movie Series: One Million Years B.C.

Jul 31 Creative B Movie Series: Dinosaur 13

Welcome New Members!

Sun Power Lawn Care

Departure Media

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!


David’s Real Pit Bar-B- Que

Diarmuid, Inc.

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

Pranges Plantscapes & Florist


Waste Pro

TriSun Property Management Inc.

Modern Capital Solutions, Inc.

Lakewood Villas Apartments

Irving Publications, LLC / giggle magazine

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