A key goal of the Chamber is to create and maintain an ecosystem that fosters economic growth and opportunity. The Chamber does this by creating initiatives and forging partnerships focused on advocacy for a stronger business climate. The Chamber represents the interests of the business community on city, county, regional and state levels.
The Chamber Board of Directors makes the final decision on adopting any public policy position. In the event that no position is taken, the Chamber may still distribute educational information to its membership.
Public Policy Initiatives
Distinguished Speakers Luncheons
The Gainesville Area Chamber’s Distinguished Speaker Luncheons bring prominent leaders to speak to and interact with Chamber members. These distinguished leaders–which have included GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski and City of Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe–have provided Chamber members perspectives on a variety of issues, including utility rates and City and County efforts to make Gainesville the most citizen-centered city in the world. For information on upcoming luncheons, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Community Coalition
The Business Community Coalition (BCC) is a partnership comprised of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors and the North Central Florida Builders Association. Together, these partners support and lead actions and initiatives that foster a stronger climate for business and opportunity.
The Chamber’s advocacy activities have historically focused on key issues, including Energy, Innovation, Small Business Growth, Transportation and Community Priorities. For more information on our activities and achievements, contact Grassroots Engagement Manager Vicki Gervickas.
Public Policy Committee
The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee is comprised of leading members of Greater Gainesville’s business community. The Committee is charged with researching issues, collecting input from membership and then advising the Chamber Board of Directors on specific action items if needed. The Public Policy Committee also educates elected officials and the public of the business community’s concerns. Participation is open to all members in good standing.