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e-Journal 12-8-15: Dev Academy Graduates Inaugural Class

e-Journal 12-8-15: Dev Academy Graduates Inaugural Class

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

December 8, 2015

Dev Academy Graduates Inaugural Class

The Gainesville Dev Academy today held a graduation ceremony for its first class of enrollees. The Dev Academy-a partnership among local technology leaders, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Council for Economic Outreach, and leaders from CareerSource North Central Florida, the University of Florida and Santa Fe College-ramped up in June as a solution to address the…Read more

Upcoming Events

Dec 8 Chicken Salad Chick Gainesville – Ribbon Cutting

Dec 9 Goodwin Heart Pine Expansion Groundbreaking

Dec 9 FloridaMakes Orientation for Manufacturers

Dec 9 Ribbon Cutting – Carite

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

Dec 21 Buffalo Wild Wings – Ribbon Cutting Event

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

Week of December 7: See details for this and other city government-related meetings here

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

ThemeWorks Expansion to Create 40 Jobs

On Dec. 2, Council for Economic Outreach Chairman Todd Powell announced the expansion of ThemeWorks-a full-service fabrication company serving theme parks, zoos, acquariums, casinos, museums, architects, restaurants and movie studios. The company is expanding in response to increasing demand and a desire to better service clients’ needs. The expansion is projected to create 40 jobs. “We are so pleased to be growing and creating…Read more

Grow Your Business with FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes was created BY manufacturers FOR manufacturers, so they know what challenges your company faces everyday. As part of a national network focused on strengthening manufacturing in the state of Florida, FloridaMakes operates through the Manufacturers Association of Florida’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence. Join the Council at the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce on December 9, 2015 to learn how…Read more

Envision Alachua – What’s Next

The Chamber thanks the nearly 50 Greater Gainesville business and community leaders who stood up for economic prosperity, business growth and community progress on November 18 and 19, by calling on the Alachua County Planning Commission—in person, in writing and by phone—to recommend that the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners approve the Envision Alachua Sector Plan (EASP). After two days of…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cuttings at Chicken Salad Chick and Carite

Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of Chicken Salad Chick with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Chicken Salad Chick offers elegant, casual dining featuring gourmet chicken salads, soups and deli sandwiches. The event will include a brief introduction of the business. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 10:15 a.m. Join us Wednesday in welcoming Gainesville’s newest automobile dealership, Carite. Carite brings…Read more

Join us on Dec. 10 for Chamber After Hours

Join us as we ring in the Holiday Season with A Celebration of our Non Profit Community at the final Chamber After Hours of 2015. We will have holiday music provided by Genius Entertainment along with food and drinks. The Community Foundation will be presenting checks to multiple Non-Profit organizations during a special ceremony. Our Non-Profit Community Organizations work hard all year to improve the quality of our neighbors in need. Let us…Read more

Public-Private Partnership at Work for Manufacturing

The Gainesville Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council recently appointed Executive Director Kim Tesch-Vaught to its Board of Directors to represent the Alachua and Bradford county region’s training and workforce services. “The partnership between the Chamber and CareerSource North Central Florida helps us to facilitate meeting industry-specific workforce needs,” said the Chamber’s Director of Industry Development Staci…Read more


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Five Points of Life Presents Race Weekend 2016

Run for a great cause at the 11th Annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend 2016 on February 20 & 21! The marathon course is a Boston Marathon qualifier and USATF certified, and starts in front of the University of Florida…Read more

Youth Organizations Take Note: CommunityCode IT Awareness Event Upcoming

The CommunityCodeIT Awareness event to celebrate Computer Science Education Week is coming up on Dec. 12. Seats are limited, and there is a cap of 100 students, so register early by contacting…Read more

Third Straight ‘Deficiency Free’ Rating Means High Marks for Senior Living Community

Meeting the state of Florida’s standards for excellent assisted living care is no simple task, but for the third straight time, The Village at Gainesville has passed the test, earning a ‘deficiency free’ rating on its…Read more

Power Production Management, Inc. approved for participation in the Preferred Contractor Network

After careful review for compliance, Power Production Management, Inc. (PPM) was approved for participation in the Preferred Contractor Network (PCN) by the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). The OUC…Read more

Legacy at Fort Clarke Apartments to hold Wine & Cheese Open House on Dec. 11

Legacy at Fort Clarke Apartment will be having their 2nd annual wine and cheese open house event on Friday Dec. 11th from 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm. All are welcome to enjoy a glass of wine, take a tour of the community and…Read more

Santa arrives by air December 12

A Gainesville holiday tradition continues Dec. 12 with the annual Operation Santa Delivery at Santa Fe College. The event, that’s sponsored by Santa Fe, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, ShandsCair and Gator Domino’s…Read more

Starter Space Chooses Innovation Square as New Location for its Collaborative Office Space

Starter Space, an organization that provides collaborative work space for Gainesville’s innovators, artists, and early-stage entrepreneurs, will be the newest constituent of the growing Innovation Square area between…Read more

December Events at Barre Forte

Farm Fresh Florida brings the farmer’s market to your door by working directly with local organic farmers to prepare produce baskets to meet the size and needs of your family. Join Barre Forte as we host Farm Fresh…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

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

Dec 11 Legacy at Fort Clarke Wine & Cheese Open House

Welcome New Members!

Cornerstone Solutions Inc.

Florida Department of Health-Alachua County

A Rai of Sunshine Thrift Store

Azure Services, LLC

Uptown Salon

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Fresh Coat of Gainesville

Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Meldon Law

Perry Roofing Co

Tower Publications


Continental Imports

Donna Cohen Classic Design, LLC

Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, Inc.

Gainesville Nissan

Powell Chiropratic Health Center

The Cornwell Associates Accountants, Inc.

University Air Center


Gainesville Landscape Contractors

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