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e-Journal 5-5-15: Leadership Gainesville Now Accepting Nominations for LG42

e-Journal 5-5-15: Leadership Gainesville Now Accepting Nominations for LG42

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

May 5, 2015

Leadership Gainesville Now Accepting Nominations for LG42

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for individuals to apply for the upcoming 42nd class of Leadership Gainesville! Leadership Gainesville (LG) is a year-long community leadership program designed to identify, educate and develop leadership skills within the Greater Gainesville community. The participants gain a comprehensive understandingRead more

Upcoming Events

May 8 Gainesville Orchestra — “Go to the Circus” & Chamber After Hours

May 19 Business Before Hours – Hilton Garden Inn

May 19 Circle of Champions – Media Partner Luncheon

May 21 Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council – 2nd Quarter General Membership Meeting

Bring the Entire Family to Chamber After Hours and “Go to The Circus” with the Gainesville Orchestra Friday

The Gainesville Orchestra and the Gainesville Area Chamber are inviting families to attend a special, family-friendly edition of Chamber After Hours followed by “Go To The Circus,” the final ‘Innovation Gainesville’ concert event of the season on May 8, 2015. The special concert will feature kid-friendly favorites, including the World-Famous Flying Wallendas with tightropes, trapeze, juggling and…Read more

Disabled American Veterans Need Your Help

The Disabled American Veterans are bringing the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to nearby Lady Lake this fall on Nov. 9. The Veterans are requesting the business community’s assistance in helping to fund this project by donating items that can be used in a silent auction to be held in the Villages Thursday, July 23 from 2-6 p.m. Donors will be verbally recognized when their items are auctioned, providing members…Read more

Coquí Announces Design Completion of Alachua Facility, Increase to $330 million in capital investment

Coquí Pharma, who announced their expansion to Alachua, FL last year and the creation of 164 new jobs and a capital investment of approximately $250 million, announced a very successful first quarter and the completion of the schematic design of their $330 million medical isotope production facility to be built in Alachua, FL, signaling a significant increase from the original estimate. They also unveiled…Read more

17-Foot Boom Crane Signals Start of Celebration Pointe Bridge Construction

Celebration Pointe continues with its public infrastructure construction on the 1 million-square-foot, mixed-use development with the arrival of an American 9310 crane, featuring a 170-foot boom and 450,000-pound lifting capability. “It won’t be long now before we start to see a five-lane bridge come to life over Interstate 75,” said Celebration Pointe Partner Ralph Conti, who made the announcement. The crane, which…Read more

A Critical Connection: STEM Education and the Future of Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is key to a diversified economy, yet companies are facing extreme challenges in finding talent needed to get the job done. Over the next decade it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. How can we prepare our region’s workforce for this demand? Does more STEM (science, technology…Read more

Delegation Travels to Silicon Valley to Market Greater Gainesville as an IT Hub

Supporting our region’s rich and growing cluster of IT companies is a key opportunity to Transform Greater Gainesville. Our alignment around growing IT is spurring the area’s growth as a hub of talent, innovation and opportunity and the technology industry is taking notice. We also are home to the nation’s No.1 community college, the state’s preeminent university and most educated workforce and a 5-star accredited…Read more

Chamber Legislative Priorities Pending Final Legislative Proceedings

The Florida House of representatives unexpectedly adjourned early on Tuesday, April 28, ending the 2015 regular legislative session for state representatives, but not for Florida Senators, who continued to pass bills on April 29, but departed without the traditional end-of-session activities and did not return after that day. Senate President Andy Gardiner drafted a letter to the House and Governor Rick Scott, calling for a special…Read more

GRU Governance Poll Media Coverage

Recent news GRU Governance Reform: Gainesville Sun: Poll: GRU users want different oversight, lower rates

Business in the Heart of Florida: Chamber Poll Shows Larger Percentage of Likely Voters Support Changing GRU Structure

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Jackson Stoneworks Donates 1,000 Lazy Susans to Assist Local Charities

Jackson Stoneworks volunteered to donate 1000 free granite lazy susans to assist local charities like Grace Market Place, United Way, Stop Children’s Cancer and many others as part of our commitment to…Read more

“A Streetcar Named Desire” to Hit the Silver Screen at the Hippodrome

Travel to the French Quarter of New Orleans and experience the Hollywood heartthrob Marlon Brando and Southern belle Vivian Leigh on the silver screen as the Hippodrome Cinema presents Cocktails…Read more

Rebuilding Together North Central Florida to host ‘Taste of the Community’

June 13th from 6 pm – 8 pm., Rebuilding Together North Central Florida will host “Taste of the Community” to celebrate our 10th Anniversary and YOU’RE INVITED! There will be live music by Recording Artist…Read more

Info Tech, Inc. hosts kids for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Info Tech, Inc., a Gainesville-based consulting and software development company, recently marked national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on by hosting employees’ children ages 7-15…Read more

Free Admission for Mothers at Florida Museum of Natural History

On Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10, moms receive free admission to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s “A T. rex Named Sue” and “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibits as well as a 10 percent discount…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

May 8 Gainesville Orchestra — “Go to the Circus” & Chamber After Hours

May 9 Stop Children’s Cancer Fantasy Event

May 11 16th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

May 11 Science Café: Bioluminescence

May 12 Nonprofit or Tax-Exempt Business?

May 17 Ask a Scientist: International Museum Day

Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps

Welcome New Members!

Waldo Inn & Suites

Kumon Learning Center of Gainesville

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Center For Applications Of Psychological Type

Disabled American Veterans

Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc.

Ideal Image

Parks Ford Lincoln & Hyundai of Gainesville

US Army Recruiting Station – Gainesville

Florida Museum of Natural History

Johnson & Osteryoung, P.A.

Quality Plumbing of Gainesville, Inc.

Billy’s Auto Repair & Towing

Florida Leisure Pool and Spa

Joyner Construction, Inc.

The Stiles Family Office

H & R Block

Florida Autism Center

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