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e-Journal 11-10-15: ACEC Progress Report Now Available

e-Journal 11-10-15: ACEC Progress Report Now Available

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

November 10, 2015

ACEC Progress Report Now Available

The Alachua County Education Compact (ACEC)—signed May 18 by leaders in business, education and government and the community at-large—is creating new opportunities to tell the Greater Gainesville story of talent pipeline innovation, garnering statewide and international attention and developing a framework to benchmark and measure success of its six goals. The Compact aims to achieve the following: all students graduate from high school, have access to and are prepared for college and/or career success, have access to pathways to sustainable jobs and careers and develop an appreciation for the arts, healthy lifestyle habits and a sense of social responsibility.Read more

Upcoming Events

Nov 10 Ribbon Cutting- 2nd and Charles

Nov 10 4th Quarter – Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

Nov 13 2015 Business of the Year Awards

Nov 17 Business Before Hours – GFWC Gainesville Woman’s Club

Nov 19 Celebratory Reception in Honor of Newly Appointed Chamber President & CEO Susan Davenport

Dec 10 Chamber After Hours – A Celebration of our Non Profit Community

Celebrate Newly Appointed Gainesville Chamber and Council for Economic Outreach President & CEO Susan Davenport on Nov. 19

Dust off your boots, awaken your inner artistic self and help us celebrate Susan Davenport on Thursday, Nov. 19. You are cordially invited to attend a celebratory reception in honor of Susan Davenport, the newly appointed President and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Council for Economic Outreach, on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Harn Museum of Art Read more

Rise and Shine for Business Before Hours at The Gainesville Woman’s Club, Tues., Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for Business Before Hours on Tues., Nov. 17 from 8:30 -10 a.m. at The Gainesville Woman’s Club, 2809 W. University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32607. Business Before Hours is a structured yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community.  Participation in Business Before Hours is included in your Chamber Membership.Read more

Join Us to Celebrate 2nd & Charles’ Ribbon Cutting TODAY at 11:30am

Join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in welcoming 2nd & Charles to Gainesville at today’s (11/10/2015) ribbon cutting, taking place at 11:30 a.m. at 2601 NW 13 St. Suite 2601. This location will be 2nd & Charles’ FIRST Florida store.  2nd & Charles is a book retailer that also sells games, music, movies and more Read more

BOTY Sponsored by SunTrust Bank is Officially Sold Out!

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Awards luncheon is officially sold out and anticipation is building to see Gainesville’s best of business recognized on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Best Western Gateway Grand. The 2015 Business of the Year, brought to you by SunTrust Bank, highlights the best and brightest in area business Read more

To Change the Game, We Must Choose Opportunity

A guest column by Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman John V. Carlson—who also is President/CEO of Charles Perry Partners, Inc.—was published in Sunday’s edition of the Gainesville Sun. The piece articulates the business community’s commitment to growing opportunity in Greater Gainesville by calling for actions that will create jobs in areas that really need them and have been left behind, Read more

Opportunity is Knocking: Greater Gainesville is Rising

Join us for this event—part of a series of first Friday luncheons presented by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Envision Alachua — focused on transforming greater Gainesville and creating our area’s future. The next “Opportunity is Knocking” luncheon will take place Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), 2153 SE Hawthorne Rd.Read more

Gainesville Chamber ACEC Strategy Development and Talent Alignment & Education Committee Member Earns Ph.D. from UF

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Elio Chiarelli Jr. on receiving his Ph.D. in leadership development from the University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. Chiarelli summarized his research and defended his dissertation on “The Hardiness of Successful Agricultural Entrepreneurs Read more

Gainesville Tech Employers and Students Come Together to /hobnob

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with its Gainesville Tech Council, CareerSource North Central Florida, the Gainesville Dev Academy and Made@UF to host /hobnob, an “informal opportunity to mix socially with Gainesville techies.” The event provided an opportunity for 20 Gainesville tech employers and community organizations to connect with more than 100 of the region’s best and brightest students in technology fields Read more

Tech Council Gets Updates on Dev Academy’s first Graduating Class and More

The Gainesville Tech Council met Oct. 28 to cover recent local and industry developments. Attendees received updates on several specific items, including the Gainesville Dev Academy, which will graduate its first class of students in the near future. The Dev Academy bridges the gap between technically trained coders and polished developers Read more

County Seeking Applications for its Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for its Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). EDAC currently meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month, at 2:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Downtown Campus Center for Innovation and Economic Development (530 West University Ave).  This 14-member Board (9 voting and 5 ex-officio) is responsible for developing and providing policy recommendations Read more

Learn about Building a Manufacturing Workforce for Greater Gainesville at TODAY’s Advanced Manufacturing General Council Meeting

Join us TODAY at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Council meeting to learn about ways manufacturing programs are developing much needed manufacturing talent throughout the region. The meeting will be held TODAY (11/10/2015) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building O. Read more

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Gilchrist Club Announces Open Enrollment for Social Membership

Gilchrist Club is proud to announce open enrollment for social membership is officially open. The Social Members enjoy access to our exclusive club… Come enjoy our fantastic food, wines, adventure, exploration and friendly competition. Read more

Help UF Students raise $200,000 in 26.2 hours

On November 17th, the UF student-run charity Dance Marathon will attempt to achieve something no school has ever accomplished by raising $200,000 in 26.2 hours. To make this a community-wide movement, the students are asking local businesses to participate in a dress down day, where their employees can swap out their business attire for casual clothes. Read more

Join the Gainesville Sports Commission Tee-Up at the 26th Annual Golf Classic Tournament on Nov. 13th

The Gainesville Sports Commission (GSC) is hosting its 26th Annual GSC Golf Classic on Friday, Nov. 13 at Ironwood Golf Course.  Golfers can still register to participate in the GSC’s sole fundraiser of the year by calling 352-338-9300 to add your team. The tournament is a four player scramble with a 8:30am shotgun start. Read more

Brian R. Snyder, PE joins CHW Engineering Team

CHW, a leading planning, surveying, civil engineering and construction services firm, is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Brian Snyder as Engineering Project Manager specializing in Transportation to the CHW team.  Brian brings 8 years of experience in the transportation engineering and design industry to his new role with CHW. Read more

Howard M. Rosenblatt joins Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A.

Howard M. Rosenblatt, a Gainesville icon in the legal and insurance fields, has joined the team at Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A. as an “of counsel” attorney. Rosenblatt brings over 30 years of experience in estate planning, insurance, probate and elder law to the firm. With the addition of Rosenblatt, the total number of attorneys practicing Read more

Art Lovers and Artists Connect in the Heart of Gainesville

Art, music, food and the opportunity to enjoy a fall day outdoors is coming to the streets of historic downtown Gainesville this November.  Art lovers and artists will mingle once again as the heart of Gainesville sets the stage for the 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show on Nov. 14 & 15.   More than 100,000 people are expected to join in the festivities, Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Nov 10 Ribbon Cutting – 2nd and Charles

Nov 10 4th Quarter – Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

Nov 13 2015 Business of the Year Awards

Nov 14 American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE

Nov 19 Celebratory Reception in Honor of Newly Appointed Chamber President & CEO Susan Davenport

Dec 10 Chamber After Hours – A Celebration of our Non Profit Community

Welcome New Members!

Theissen Training Systems, Inc.

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Continental Capers Travel Center, Inc.

Interstate Batteries

Watson Realty Corp

Senior Home Care Inc.

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