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e-Journal 12-22-15: Governor Scott Announces USR Systems to Create 140 Jobs in Gainesville

e-Journal 12-22-15: Governor Scott Announces USR Systems to Create 140 Jobs in Gainesville

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

December 22, 2015

Governor Scott Announces USR Systems to Create 140 Jobs in Gainesville

On Dec. 16, Governor Rick Scott made Gainesville’s largest jobs announcement of the year—that USR Systems, a U.S.-based IT consulting services company, will expand in Gainesville to create 140 new jobs. USR Systems specializes in mobility, cloud enablement, digital transformation, business intelligence, data analytics and testing. The new positions will support USR’s…Read more

Upcoming Events

Jan 11 Buffalo Wild Wings – Ribbon Cutting Event

Jan 19 Business Before Hours – Napolatano’s

Final eJournal of 2015, Chamber Closed Dec. 24, Reopens Jan. 5

This is the final eJournal issue of 2015. You can expect your next Chamber e-Journal to arrive on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The Gainesville Chamber’s offices will be closed beginning December 24 and reopening on January 4. From all of us at the Chamber, we wish you a safe and special Happy Holidays, and look forward to continuing to serve your business in 2016.

Congratulations to the 2015 Public Leadership Institute Graduates

The Gainesville Area Chamber is pleased to announce the graduation of the class members of the 2015 Public Leadership Institute Class 3. The graduates are: Scott Arvin of Matchmaker Realty, Frank Avery of CareerSource North Central Florida, Jason Gonos of Power Production Management, Summer Griggs, Adams & Griggs, P.A., Ron Lieberman, Immediate Past President of the Florida Home Builders Association, Ryan…Read more

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

Chamber Member Anniversaries

Congratulations are in order for Chamber members celebrating anniversaries. From new businesses to companies that have called Gainesville home for generations, these members daily embody the innovative spirit of our region. We hope you will join us in thanking them for the commitment they have demonstrated to the Gainesville area as Chamber members and wish them many more years of success! 45 Years: Scarborough…Read more

Hosting Opportunity: Business Before Hours

How would you like to showcase your business to 35-50 Chamber members? Business Before Hours provides a structured, yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community. There are currently a few opportunities remaining for 2016 to host this event at your place of business. For more information contact Steve Cannon, Senior Director of Membership at

What’s New at Celebration Pointe?

With a dynamic mix of outlet retail, dining, office, residential and entertainment, Celebration Pointe is set to offer Gainesville a welcoming, walkable environment where residents and tourists alike can celebrate life moments. See the latest on the project here…Read more


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Gateway Bank of Central Florida Announces Appointment of Debbie E. Berdy To The Fiduciary Board of Directors

Thomas D. Ingram, Gateway Bank of Central Florida, Chief Executive Officer announced Debbie E. Berdy to the Fiduciary Board of Directors. Berdy is the Founder/CEO and Partner of Contemporary…Read more

Florida Museum closed Jan. 10-12 and Feb. 22-24, 2016

The Florida Museum of Natural History, including the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, will be closed Jan. 10-12 and Feb. 22-24, 2016, for preventative fumigation to protect its Lepidoptera collections…Read more

Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida’s Third Annual Sporting Clays Tournament

The Third Annual Sporting Clays Tournament benefiting RMHCNCF will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Bradford Sportmen’s Farm. Featured activities include both a silent and live auction as well as lunch catered by…Read more

Millions of Songs Available Free with your Alachua County Library District library card

Download new music to your playlist – free with your Alachua County Library District library card. More than eight million songs are ready to download now from the library’s Freegal music collection. Library cardholders…Read more

Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation Plans Showcase of Arts and Parks

The newly formed Gainesville Arts & Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc. is having its community launch Friday, Jan 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center, which is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. The event…Read more

United Way of North Central Florida’s 4th Annual Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Serves 66% More Families in 2015

On Sunday, December 13, United Way of North Central Florida handed out toys to the parents of just over 750 Alachua County children – that’s a 66% increase in the number of families served…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Jan 8 Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation Showcase

Jan 30 – Jan 31 Laughs Take a Holiday

Welcome New Members!

Florida Fun Bikes

Gadgets & Gold

One Love Cafe

The Bank Bar and Lounge

Metro Diner

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Central Florida Drywall and Plastering, Inc.

CHW Professional Consultants

Columbia Bank Gainesville Loan Production Office

Community Foundation of North Central Florida

Creative Counseling Services

Dell Graham, P.A.

Exactech, Inc.

Donna Cohen Classic Design, LLC

Florida Pest Control

Koss Olinger

Molly Maid of Gainesville

Park Avenue Dental

Richardson & Ellison, CPA’s

Santa Fe College

Trimark Properties

Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery, PA

Thornebrook Gallery

Showcase Enterprises Inc.

Solar Impact, Inc.

Cox Business Services

Cox Communications

Cox Media

American Red Cross of North Central Florida

George F. Young, Inc.

BMW of Gainesville

Capital City Bank

Carpets Plus Color Tile

Chick-fil-A Oaks Mall

Girls Place Inc

North Central Florida Planning Council

North Central Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association

Rosselle Consulting, Inc.

The Business Report of NCFL

Student Maid, Inc.

Alumni Hall

The Orthopaedic Institute

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