The Council for Economic Outreach (CEO) governs the activities of the Chamber’s Economic Development division and is the designated economic development entity for the Gainesville region.
The CEO oversees the region’s business attraction and expansion efforts, which are executed in accordance with the Transforming Greater Gainesville Five-Year Economic Development Strategy. CEO staff also maintain industry relations with businesses in key sectors, which include Advanced Manufacturing, Software/IT, Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Advanced Materials & Biotechnology.
Eric Godet – President/CEO, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Council for Economic Outreach
Staci Bertrand – Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Kay Ayers – AvMed
Jane Adams – University of Florida
Nick Banks – Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group
Jerry Benton – Campus USA
Harbin Bolton – Cox Business (FL/GA)
Rory Causseaux – CHW
James J. Kelly, Jr., CPA – UF Health Shands Hospital
Jackson N. Sasser, PhD – Santa Fe College
Brian Scarborough – Scarborough Insurance
Greg Schultz – MindTree
Jenna S. White – Enterprise Holdings
Gary Ascani – Nanotherapeutics
Bryan Harrington – Trimark Properties
J. Parrish – Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors
Members of the CEO Council–and all of its sub councils including Innovation Gainesville 2.0 and the Industry Councils–invest in its economic development activities in order to serve on the Council. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Senior Director of Economic Development Staci Bertrand at firstname.lastname@example.org.