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e-Journal 12-15-15: Chamber Priorities for 2016 Legislative Session Aim to Reduce Business Costs and Increase Investments for the Future

e-Journal 12-15-15: Chamber Priorities for 2016 Legislative Session Aim to Reduce Business Costs and Increase Investments for the Future

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

December 15, 2015

Chamber Priorities for 2016 Legislative Session Aim to Reduce Business Costs and Increase Investments for the Future

The regular 2016 Florida Legislative Session will begin Jan. 12. The Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of the regional business community by advancing its 2016 Legislative priorities. The guiding principles of these priorities, released in September of the year, are citizen accountability, transportation connectivity, reducing the cost of doing business, and increasing…Read more

Upcoming Events

Jan 11 Buffalo Wild Wings – Ribbon Cutting Event

No eJournal Dec. 29 or Jan. 5

Due to the holidays, the e-Journal will not run on Dec. 29 or Jan. 5. e-Journal articles for the Dec. 22 issue are due by noon on Friday, Dec. 18. Articles received after that time will be published in the Jan. 12 issue.

Florida Senate and House deliberate Gov. Scott’s Florida First Budget

Overviews of Gov. Rick Scott’s Florida First Budget and policy recommendations was presented to the House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development in respective meetings in early December. Gov. Scott announced his budget recommendations—encapsulated in the “Florida First Budget” for fiscal year…Read more

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

Week of December 14: 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

Gainesville Named Best Midsize College City in America by WalletHub

Gainesville was named the Best Midsize College City in America in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet You can find the full study here. With college-application deadlines approaching and campus tours in the offing, WalletHub ranked 326 U.S. cities and towns that promise the best combination of academic, social and economic opportunities for students. WalletHub arrived at its findings by analyzing…Read more

Enterprise Florida talks Marketing with Lawmakers

In early December, Enterprise Florida Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Crystal Sircy presented an overview of the newly proposed Florida Enterprise Fund to the House Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee. Gov. Scott and Enterprise Florida are requesting a $250 million one-time appropriation for the creation of the Enterprise Fund to bring Florida’s incentive funding in line with competitor states. Ms. Sircy’s…Read more

Chamber After Hours Celebrates Nonprofit Contributions to Society

Greater Gainesville’s nonprofit community organizations do incredible work every year to improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need. Recently, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce continued the tradition of dedicating its last After Hours of the year—sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida—to celebrating the contributions of this vital community. The Community Foundation is dedicated to…Read more

Goodwin Company Announces Expansion

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, proudly announce the groundbreaking of their new facility. The expansion is part of a partnership with Heritage Wood Finishing Company. “Goodwin Company has experienced steady growth and success here in Alachua County,” said Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “We look forward to contributing to years of future success in this region.” Goodwin…Read more


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Optym’s SkySYM Software Deployed by Southwest Airlines to Strengthen Reliability of Flight Schedules

Optym is pleased to announce that Southwest Airlines® has begun using SkySYM™ to strengthen the operational reliability of the carrier’s flight schedules. Based on the U.S. Department of…Read more

Maple Street Biscuit Company to Open in Gainesville

Maple Street Biscuit Company, voted one of the Best New Biscuit Spots in the country by Food & Wine Magazine, will soon be opening their first Gainesville location in the first quarter of 2016…Read more

Guardians LLC is Among First Security Training Schools Offering “Active Shooter’ training in Greater Gainesville

GUARDIANS LLC is pleased to announce that it is one of the first security training schools offering “Active Shooter” training to residents and businesses within Gainesville and the Alachua County area. Guardians…Read more

Jones Edmunds Receives NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Team Award

Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc., a Florida-based engineering and environmental sciences consulting firm, recently was recognized by NASA for its contributions to the Kennedy Uplink System project. The firm…Read more

Meridian Awarded $250,000 Care Coordination Grant

Lutheran Services Health Systems (LSF) has awarded Meridian Behavioral Healthcare a $250,000 coordination grant to be used over the next year. Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. will implement evidence…Read more

Gateway Bank of Central Florida Opens Full-Service Banking Center to Serve the Alachua County Market

Danny Gilliland, Gateway Bank of Central Florida, Alachua County Market President announced the opening of a new full-service banking center in the City of Alachua with doors opening on December…Read more

James Moore Welcomes Six New Hires

James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to welcome Heather Clarich, Tracy Curry, Tamara Howard, Joshua Kimmell, Angela Taff, and Caleb Thompson to the firm. Clarich…Read more

Buffalo Wild Wings is Arriving in Gainesville

Join us for our Grand Opening on January 11th. We will be offering our Free Wings for a Year coupon book to the first 100 guests (line up will start at 6:00am). Buffalo Wild Wings will be open in front of the Oaks Mall…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Dec 15 AITP-NCFL December Dinner and Presentation

Welcome New Members!

The Law Office of Robert J. Warren

Banta Properties

Kallistoart LLC

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Boulware Springs Charter School

Ellett Insurance, P.L.

Emergency Physicians Medical Center

Falcon Financial Management, Inc.

Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc

The Watershed Group

Bank of America

Donna Cohen Classic Design, LLC

Brightway Insurance, The Moffat Agency (Haile Village)

Express Employment Professionals

Sarah Cain Design

American Heart Association

Cecil Edge & Associates

Communication Systems, Inc. DBA ComSys

Gainesville Health & Fitness Center

Glaeser Realty

Keith Watson Productions, Inc.

Quality Design Works, Inc.

Silverman, Vorhis & Mack

The Einstein School

Traveler’s Campground

Walker Furniture

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