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e-Journal 3-1-16: GRU Governance Reform Bill Headed to House Floor for a Vote

e-Journal 3-1-16: GRU Governance Reform Bill Headed to House Floor for a Vote

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

March 1, 2016

GRU Governance Reform Bill Headed to House Floor for a Vote

The Florida House of Representatives’ Regulatory Affairs Committee last week passed Rep. Keith Perry’s bill to require a March 2017 City of Gainesville ballot referendum that would allow voters to decide whether to have an appointed utility authority govern GRU….Read more

Upcoming Events

Mar 10 Gainesville Tech Council General Meeting

Mar 16 Gator Nationals – Chamber After Hours

Mar 17 Rabell Realty Group – Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Event

Mar 21 Groundbreaking – Gainesville Audi

Mar 22 Business Before Hours – Hilton University of Florida

Apr 19 Business Before Hours – Pet Paradise Resort

Chamber Celebrates New Era of Leadership Under Davenport

Recently, more than 150 local leaders in business, education and the community gathered at the Harn Museum of Art to celebrate Gainesville Area Chamber President/CEO Susan Davenport as she leads the Chamber staff team into a new era of leadership. Davenport was selected as the Chamber’s President/CEO in September, after an extensive search…Read more

Michael Rankin Joins Chamber as Communications Coordinator

The Chamber is excited to introduce our members to Michael Rankin, who recently came onboard as its Communications Coordinator. Some of you may know Michael, as he has been a fixture as a Chamber intern for more than a year and often is present at Chamber events. “Interning here over the past year or so has taught me so much about myself and the positive role a Chamber has in shaping a community,” Michael said. “I’m lucky to be at an…Read more

Take the Community Health Survey for Business Leaders

Business leaders, community members, and healthcare providers of Alachua County are invited to share their views on health and healthcare by taking a 10-minute survey at As a business leader, your input is important in identifying our community’s most pressing health needs and will assist in building a healthier Alachua County. Survey results, along with research and health related data, will be made…Read more

An Important Message from the Alachua County Emergency Management

Alachua County Emergency Management uses the CodeRED Emergency Notification System which is an ultra-high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications and the distribution of information considered to be important. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the County in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action, such as an evacuation, contaminated water, hazardous…Read more

Today: County Hearings on Envision Alachua to Resume at Senior Rec Center

After more than 220 speakers over 15 hours, the Alachua County Commission closed public comment and continued the Public Hearing to consider the transmittal of the Envision Alachua Sector Plan/Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-01-14) until today at 5 p.m. Today’s hearing will provide commissioners the opportunity to discuss the issue and ask questions as necessary of County Staff and Plum Creek. Chamber members, if you…Read more

Members:Apply for the Business Rent Tax Relief Fund

Chamber Members: If the Business Rent Tax was cut, what would your business do with the money? Click below to tell the Business Rent Tax Coalition what you would do with the savings, and you will have a chance to win $1000. This is legitimate, so don’t wait! The Business Rent Coalition includes the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Realtors,Manufacturers Association of Florida, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and more…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 Launches Innovation Gainesville 2.0

The next phase of Innovation Gainesville (iG) began Feb. 29 as the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce held the kickoff council meeting of iG 2.0. Developed in 2009, Innovation Gainesville (iG) was a community-wide initiative designed to connect people and regional assets around growing an innovation economy. iG transformed our cultural mindset towards innovation and made “cool things happen” in Greater Gainesville. Building…Read more

Business Celebrations: Gator Nationals and Rabell Realty Group Ribbon Cutting

It’s time to kick off Gator Nationals! Join us for the annual Chamber After Hours at the Gainesvile Raceway March 16 from 5-7 p.m. This event is always one of our biggest and most fun, so don’t miss out. Join us for food, refreshments, prizes and networking. Bring a friend, bring a coworker, bring yourself, but most importantly, bring your Gator Nationals spirit! Advanced registration…Read more

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! 35 Years: AMJ, Inc. of…Read more


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Florida Museum hosts ‘Can You Dig It?’ March 12

Discover the earth at your feet during this free, fun-for-all-ages geology event! Enjoy hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions. Presented in part by the UF department of…Read more

iLS network Honored with Gator100 Award

iLS network , known locally as Swamp Rentals, has been recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned and led business in the world as a 2016 Gator100 recipient. The company helps to find apartments for…Read more

Clay Martin joins Folds & Walker, LLC as Legal Counselor

Clay Martin has joined the law firm of Folds & Walker, LLC as Of Counsel to the firm. He will focus on real estate transactions, business formation, contract, and government relations matters. Martin joins the firm…Read more

University of Florida’s Actuary Program Ranked Nationally

The University of Florida’s actuary program claimed the No. 10 spot among the ranking of the 15 U.S. College with Top Actuary Programs. According to, an actuary is…Read more

SWAG March Calendar

Join us for a free computer class. Learn the basics, understand computer technology, or request help to learn how to search the internet, create resumes, and more. Participants will receive a free flash drive…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

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

Apr 15-Apr 17 Earth Day Plant Sale

Apr 16 Earth Day Exploration

Welcome New Members!

Hair Cuttery

Marion/Service Roofing & Sheet Metal Co.


La Aurora Latin Market, Inc.

Mi Apa’ Latin Cafe

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Harbor Chase of Gainesville

neutral7 design group

Northwestern Mutual

Parrish-McCall Constructors, Inc.

School Board of Alachua County

The Trophy Shop

Waldorff Insurance & Bonding, Inc

Ameriprise Financial Services

Sweetwater Branch Inn

The Collier Companies

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