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e-Journal 2-9-16: Make Your Voice Heard on Feb. 16 and 18

e-Journal 2-9-16: Make Your Voice Heard on Feb. 16 and 18

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

February 9, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard on Feb. 16 and 18

The Gainesville Area Chamber’s vision is to see Greater Gainesville become a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity. We advance this vision through work that aligns with our mission of facilitating economic prosperity, business growth and community progress. With Envision Alachua’s potential to create 30,000 jobs over 50 years, narrow the income gap between…Read more

Upcoming Events

Feb 10 1st Quarter – Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

Feb 11 Ribbon Cutting – Florida Fun Bikes

Feb 11 Tech Hobnob

Feb 18 AGTC – Ribbon Cutting

Feb 18 Chamber After Hours – Florida Grub Hub

Feb 23 Business Before Hours – Scuba Monkey Dive Center

Feb 26 Scuba Monkey Dive Center – Ribbon Cutting Event

Stormwater Workshop Presentation

In July, 2015, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) directed staff to update county requirements to improve stormwater quality. At their October 4, 2015 retreat, the BoCC requested that staff proceed to develop a stormwater manual that incorporates design and operating standards to achieve “Advanced Stormwater Treatment” for stormwater systems serving new development and redevelopment projects…Read more

Public Policy Committee Update

The Public Policy Committee met Feb. 3 and installed three new members, each who were appointed by the Chamber Board Chair. The new members are Nick Banks, Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group; The Honorable Cynthia Moore Chestnut, a former Florida House of Representatives Member and Gainesville Mayor; and Daniel Sarkis, Sarkis Family Psychiatry. Discussion items included the upcoming Envision Alachua…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

New Council for Economic Outreach Chair Leads First Meeting

2016 Council for Economic Outreach (CEO) Chair Rory Causseaux led the year’s first Council meeting on Feb. 3, outlining the group’s scope of work for the coming year. Gainesville Area Chamber President/CEO Susan Davenport reviewed 2015 economic development metrics. The group also discussed goals for the coming year in relation to execution of the Transforming Greater Gainesville Economic Development Strategy…Read more

Behind the Scenes with Greater Gainesville Regional Manufacturers

Fracture, founded by Alex Theodore and Abhi Lokesh, revolutionizes the world of photo display. By printing a photo not on paper or canvas but directly onto glass a fracture combines the artwork, framing, and mounting all in one modern design. Join the Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council at their 1st Quarter General Council Meeting to learn more about this growing company, the technology they use, and get a behind the scenes look at…Read more

Tech Hobnob is February 11!

This isn’t your average career fair. Tech Hobnob connects Greater Gainesville’s top tech companies with the region’s brightest students who are ready to transfer their talents from the classroom to the real world. Looking for your next great hire? Reserve your company table today. When: Thursday, February 11 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Where: Historic Firestone Building, 304 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL…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 Florida companies seeking to find clients…Read more

352 Walls Aims to Bring Cultural Renaissance

The City of Gainesville recently began a colorful transformation called 352walls/The Gainesville Urban Art Initiative featuring the work of 13 renowned international muralists and 13 of the region’s best artists, as well. The Vision of 352walls/The Gainesville Urban Art Project is to leverage the 352 area’s creative potential and distinctiveness with more public art and design. See more at…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cutting This Week at Florida Fun Bikes

Come celebrate the grand opening of Gainesville’s newest entertainment concept: Florida Fun Bikes. Florida Fun Bikes is Gainesville’s original 16 passenger bicycle powered party on wheels. Ideal for get-togethers of all kinds, this unique group rental bicycle bar is a festive, refreshing, eco-friendly alternative to the typical party bus – encouraging socializing and having fun with friends (even making new one!), all while…Read more

Annual Meeting Photo Album

The Gainesville Area Chamber’s Annual Meeting was Jan. 28. See photos of the event here.


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United Way of North Central Florida Director Presenting Unique Small Business Program at United Way Worldwide Conference

United Way of North Central Florida Director Chris Wells will present at the annual United Way Worldwide Fundraising for Impact Summit February 9-11 in Tampa, Florida. Wells’ presentation will focus on UWCNFL’s Small…Read more

Waldo’s Farmers and Flea Market’s 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Waldo’s Farmers and Flea Market will be holding its 9th annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 26, 2016. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and is free for children ages 1. The egg hunt will kick off at 11…Read more

Seventh Annual Real Estate Forum is Feb. 11

The Seventh annual real estate forum will be taking place on February 11, 2016 at the Gainesville Woman’s Club from 4:30p-7pm. Click here to RSVP and for more information.

Blood supply emergency continues in Florida

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers continues to face an emergency need for all blood types in Florida. “We have seen donations continue to lag behind normal through most of our Florida communities…Read more

James Moore Welcomes Four New Hires

ames Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to welcome Deborah Beyerl, Steven Bockman, Michael Messano, and Tracy Postlethwaite to the firm. Beyerl will…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Mar 22 77th Cattleman’s Banquet

Welcome New Members!

Current Technology Solutions LLC

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Ace Hardware

Comfort Keepers

Cruise Planners – Cruise, Land and Tours

Dance Alive National Ballet

Gulfside Supply of Gainesville DBA GulfEagle Supply

Mid-State, Inc., Electrical Contractors

Regions Bank – Millhopper

Regions Bank – Tower Road

White & Crouch, P.A.

Life Settlements of North Florida LLC

Thomas Group Realty, LLC

North Florida Technology Consultants

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