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e-Journal 2-16-16: Chamber Board Calls on Alachua County Board of County Commissioners to vote YES to transmit the Envision Alachua Sector Plan to State

e-Journal 2-16-16: Chamber Board Calls on Alachua County Board of County Commissioners to vote YES to transmit the Envision Alachua Sector Plan to State

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

February 16, 2016

Chamber Board Calls on Alachua County Board of County Commissioners to vote YES to transmit the Envision Alachua Sector Plan to State

In alignment with its mission to facilitate economic prosperity, business growth and community progress, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce urges the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners to vote to transmit the Proposed Envision Alachua Sector Plan (EASP) to the State of Florida…Read more

Upcoming Events

Feb 18 AGTC – Ribbon Cutting

Feb 18 Chamber After Hours – Florida Grub Hub

Feb 19 Doing Business in Russia

Feb 23 Business Before Hours – Scuba Monkey Dive Center

Feb 26 Scuba Monkey Dive Center – Ribbon Cutting Event

Mar 10 Gainesville Tech Council General Meeting

Mar 16 Gator Nationals – Chamber After Hours

Legislative Update: Tax Reforms Advance in the House of Representatives

The Florida House of Representatives this week passed House Bill (HB) 7099, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Magar, which would permanently eliminate the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Sales & Use Tax and reduce the tax rate on commercial leases. The bill has been sent to the Florida Senate to be discussed during upcoming budget conferences. The current, temporary sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment…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

Behind the Scenes with Greater Gainesville Regional Manufacturers

The Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council kicked off the year with a successful first general council meeting last Wednesday evening at Fracture, an innovative downtown Gainesville manufacturer. Fracture is determined to revolutionize the way that we display photos through their printing on glass technology. Feedback from council members provided the idea to host the council’s quarterly meetings at manufacturing facilities…Read more

Unmanned Aerial Systems Breakfast Briefing

On Friday February 5th, the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development, in conjunction with Plum Creek, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Altavian and CareerSource North Central Florida, hosted a briefing to discuss future applications for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and upcoming training opportunities. Dr. Andrew Shepard from Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio presented on UAS technology and…Read more

Doing Business in Russia – Meet the Novorossiisk Chamber of Commerce President

Join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on doing business in Russia with Mr. Igor Zharinov, President of the Novorossisk, Russia Chamber of Commerce. With a vast landmass, extensive natural resources, more than 142 million consumers, and acute infrastructure needs, Russia remains a promising market for U.S. exporters. Russia is the world’s 8th largest economy by nominal gross…Read more

Tech Hobnob Isn’t Your Average Career Fair

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with the Gainesville Tech Council and CareerSource North Central Florida to host Tech Hobnob, an event connecting University of Florida and Santa Fe College students with Gainesville’s top technology companies. Fifteen local tech employers and two community organizations met with more than 75 of the best and brightest local students studying in STEM areas to promote…Read more

Join Enterprise Florida on a Mexico City Trade Mission

Enterprise Florida CEO Bill Johnson invites you to join the state’s economic development agency on its upcoming export development trade mission to Mexico City, Mexico scheduled for May 23-26, 2016. Mexico City is shaping up to be another of Enterprise Florida’s successful series of matchmaking export development missions. Enterprise Florida will include one-on-one appointments for…Read more

Gainesville Health & Fitness Recognized by Forbes as one of North America’s Top 25 Small Companies

Gainesville Health & Fitness, started by Joe Cirulli in 1978, has been honored by Forbes in its list of 25 Best Small Companies in North America. It was the only company from Florida to make the list. See the full list here. Watch TV-20 coverage here.

See Early Stage Startups Present at 10th Annual UF Showcase

This year’s Celebration of Innovation on March 8, 2016, marks a decade of startup showcases! This is a unique chance to see early-stage startups as well as a special panel discussion, Making a Difference: The Cycle of Innovation from Lab to Market, featuring special guests telling the story of one invention’s journey from idea to product. Panelists and presenting companies will be continually updated on the agenda page. The University…Read more

2016 Innovation Summits

The Joint Mechanical Engineering Education Leadership & Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Summits are taking place March 16 – 19 at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel. Click here for the full program. For registration information, click here.

The Week in Pictures: Feb 8 – Feb 12


Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cutting This Thursday at AGTC

Join us on Feb 18 as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation(AGTC) new corporate facilities with a Ribbon Cutting Event. AGTC is a biotechnology company developing gene therapy products to address the genetic causes of blindness. The event will include speeches, entertainment, facility tours food and drinks. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:30pm…Read more

Attention Foodies: Check out Mid-Day Meetups!

Your Gainesville Chamber is always at work for you. We know you are swamped with work, and that, when you’re running a business, deciding where to have lunch means one more decision. That’s why the Chamber will be offering Mid-Day Meetup suggestions. The community will be able to check out the Chamber’s Facebook, Twitter or Meetup feeds for a daily suggestion on where they can “meet-up” for lunch. Think about…Read more


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Gator100 Award Luncheon is this Friday, Feb. 19

The University of Florida and The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) are pleased to present the second annual Gator100, designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of leading UF alumni entrepreneurs…Read more

Run Or Walk For A Great Cause: Register For Five Points of Life Race Weekend 2016 Before Price Increases This Thursday

Run or walk for a great cause at the 11th Annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend 2016 on February 20 & 21! Make sure you register before the price increases this Thursday 2/18/16! The 5k and half…Read more

Local Coworking Studio, Home Work, Hosts Studio Talk Featuring Tom Hart

Join Home Work, a local coworking studio for creatives, for its second Studio Talk Thursday, February 18, 5-7 p.m., presenting Tom Hart, a cartoonist and the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists…Read more

Environment Journalist Cynthia Barnett is coming to Gainesville Feb. 20

Alachua County Library District’s Author Series presents award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett on Saturday, February 20, 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University…Read more

‘Passport to Caribbean Nights’ Feb. 19

Join the Florida Museum Feb. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. and be transported into a tropical paradise! Proceeds from the “Passport to Caribbean Nights” gala will provide critical funds to support museum educational…Read more

Florida Museum Closed Feb. 22-24

The Florida Museum of Natural History, including the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit, will be closed Feb. 22-24, 2016, for preventive fumigation to protect its Lepidoptera collections and library resources…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Feb 20 Pet Paradise Resort Open House

Mar 6 Ask a Scientist: Geology

Mar 12 Can You Dig It?

Mar 21-25 Florida Museum Spring Break Camps

Mar 22 77th Cattleman’s Banquet

Welcome New Members!

Balloons by Florally Yours

Cyclops Cinema

Home2 Suites by HILTON

31-32 Foundation, Inc.

American Bed Bug Remediation, Inc

Campbell Spellicy Engineering (CSEI)

Cici’s Pizza

Opus Coffee in Shands

The Reserve at Kanapaha

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Donnelly & Gross, P.A.

Loadtest, Inc.

McDonald’s Office


The Oaks Mall

Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County

Gainesville Raceway

Jackson Stoneworks

UF Planning, Design & Construction

LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating

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