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6-23-15 e-Journal: Florida Leaders are Talking about the Alachua County Education Compact

6-23-15 e-Journal: Florida Leaders are Talking about the Alachua County Education Compact

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

June 23, 2015

Florida Leaders are Talking about the Alachua County Education Compact

“I suspect that in coming months, we will hear from other regions around the state and the country asking how we did it.” These foretelling words were spoken by Chamber Board Member Rick Staab, who also serves as President/CEO of InterMed Biomedical Services Inc., at the May 18 Alachua County Education Compact signing ceremony. True to Staab’s predictionRead more

Upcoming Events

Jun 18-28 Gainesville Restaurant Week

Jun 23 Export University 101

Jun 23 Business Before Hours – Best Western Gateway Grand

Jun 23 75 Year Anniversary – Walker Furniture Ribbon Cutting

Jun 25 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Peaceful Paths Inc.

Jul 10 Opportunity is Knocking: A Lunch and Learn Series

The Kick-off is Over, but Restaurant Week Will Continue for Six More Days

If you weren’t among the more than 800 people who poured into the Gainesville Regional Aiport Thursday night for the 2015 Restaurant Week kick-off, you missed a treat. But never to fear—you still have six days to take advantage of special deals and dishes served up by this year’s 41 participants. “This year’s response demonstrates our region’s love of both cuisine and community,” said Gainesville Area…Read more

Member Profile: Walker Furniture Celebrates 75 Years Thanks to Continued Growth Concept

“If you don’t grow, you grow smaller.” This aphorism has been a Walker family guiding business principle for three generations. Today, it takes on special significance as Walker Furniture celebrates 75 years in business with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony tonight at 6 p.m. at the SW 47th Street location. The Walker Family moved to Gainesville from South Georgia after Ledger Walker’s family’s farming livelihood…Read more

Let’s do Business Before Hours This Week

This month’s Business Before Hours meeting is hosted by the Best Western Gateway Grand and will be held there Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. Business Before Hours provides a structured, yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community. Participation in Business Before Hours is included in your Chamber Membership. You may find a strong referral…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cuttings at Walker Furniture and Peaceful Paths

Today, we will celebrate the milestone 75-Year Anniversary of Walker Furniture with a Ribbon Cutting celebration. The Walker Family, now in its third generation, has proudly served the Gainesville community since 1940. As an expression of thanks to all of their customers, they would like to invite you to this event. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 7 p.m. 3413 SW 47th Avenue…Read more

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Santa Fe College recently received global recognition on the web for being named among the best zoos in Florida. America’s top zoos were featured by state, with Santa Fe College sharing the recognition in Florida with Disney’s Animal Kingdom.The SF Teaching Zoo is a 10-acre habitat for more than 75 different species that are cared for by eight full-time staff members and more than 200 students enrolled in the college’s Zoo Animal Technology…Read more

Fly Gainesville

The next time you book a flight, consider leaving and returning right here at home in Gainesville, where you have access to carriers including American Airlines, Delta, Silver, United and US Air. Also, Gainesville Regional Airport often can provide competitive rates that equal the different in cost of traveling to Jacksonville or Orlando to fly. In the big picture, Gainesville Regional Airport gives our region an economic advantage by…Read more

With Plum Creek Foundation’s Support, New CADE Museum Fab Lab Fuses Tech & Tradition for K-12 STEAM Learning

The Cade Museum for Creativity+Invention has revealed its newly renovated and generously equipped Fab Lab (short for fabrication) repurposing 1500 square feet of the current facilities for teaching and for use as a maker space. The Fab Lab is funded by a gift of $25,000 from Michael Singer, a local supporter of the arts and the community, combined with a $10,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation…Read more

Opportunity is Knocking

Supporting the game-changing economic, education and community opportunities presented to our region by Envision Alachua is a key Chamber priority. Currently, there are multiple opportunities for members to learn more about Envision Alachua’s plans for jobs and conservation. Opportunity is Knocking Luncheon Series: Greater Gainesville is Rising: When: July 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m at Santa Fe Center for Innovation and Economic…Read more

Perspective: Why do we Need to Brand our Region?

Greater Gainesville is home to the state’s preeminent university and the nation’s No. 1 community college. We have the state’s most educated workforce, a K-12 education system on the cusp of transformational change and five high schools in the top 7 percent of high schools in the country. We also have access to world-class healthcare, rich and diverse culture and unmatched natural beauty. Clearly, innovation and world…Read more

Time is Running Out – Register for the Public Leadership Institute

If you are interested in running for office or want to learn more about public policy, leadership, and candidacy—from getting on the ballot to sitting in the seat—you have until July 2 to apply for the Business Community Coalition’s Public Leadership Institute. The program is non-partisan, requires no commitment to run for office and, most importantly, works! But don’t take our word for it! Check out the interview of Vice President of Public Policy Kamal…Read more

Special Session Adjourns, with Some Gainesville Area Chamber-Backed Measures Passed

The Florida Legislature’s Special Session ended Friday with legislators’ passage of a state budget. Among the 232 bills passed this session, key outcomes include passage of measures to reduce to the Communications Services Tax, which will lover the cost of doing business and living by reducing the cell phone and cable television tax by 1.73 percent. A bill also was passed that will enable Enterprise Florida to Market Florida, with…Read more

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Todd Powell Named Regional Chair of Florida Chamber of Commerce

Todd Powell, Plum Creek Florida’s General Manager of Real Estate and Chair of the Council for Economic Outreach, was recently appointed as the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s North Central Florida Regional…Read more

HeritageBank of the South Announces College Scholarship Winner

HeritageBank of the South is proud to announce Courtney M. Boggs as winner of the HBOS College Scholarship. Boggs is the daughter of Ken and Kim Boggs, and is a 2015 graduate of Belleview High School. This fall…Read more

UF Career Resource Center hosts annual Employer Retreat

All Gainesville organizations are invited to attend the University of Florida Career Resource Center’s 2015 Employer Retreat ‘Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity’ on July 10, 2015. A drive-in…Read more

Crime Prevention Security Systems Celebrates 40 Years

This month, Crime Prevention Security Systems celebrates 40 years of protecting our neighbors throughout North Central Florida. To celebrate, we are giving away free downloads of our Ultimate Guide to…Read more

Tobacco Free Alachua Partnership Meeting

Tobacco Free Alachua will hold a Partnership Meeting on June 23, 2015, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the J John Henry Thomas Health Center located at the Florida Department of Health – Alachua County at 224 SE 24th…Read more

Red, White & More Red! Gainesville Woman’s Club Benefit

On July 16, from 6-8 p.m., the Gainesville Woman’s Club is hosting the fifth annual “Red, White & More Red!” wine tasting benefit with proceeds going to the Peaceful Paths and other club projects. There…Read more

Alachua County Library District Invites Everyone for Expansion Celebration

Alachua County Library District invites everyone to the Newberry Branch Renovation Expansion Celebration on July 11, 10 a.m., at 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. This celebration unveils the completion…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Jun 6 – Jun 27 John C. Maxwell’s “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” Master Class

Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps

Jun 18 – June 28 Gainesville Restaurant Week

Jun 30 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Introduction to Social Enterprise

Jul 1 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Modern Marketing Tools for Nonprofits

Jul 2 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Navigating the Shifting Landscape

Jul 7 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Outputs, Outcomes, and Social Impact

Jul 8 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Introduction to Social Enterprise

Jul 9 Nonprofit Lunch-and-Learn Training: Tri-Sector Management for Nonprofits

Jul 10 Creative B Movie Series: THEM!

Jul 17 Creative B Movie Series: Bringing Up Baby

Jul 24 Make-Up, Moscato & More Hosted by Claudia Jordan of RHOA

Jul 24 Creative B Movie Series: One Million Years B.C.

Jul 31 Creative B Movie Series: Dinosaur 13

Welcome New Members!

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Swamp Shots, LLC

Sister City Program of Gainesville, Inc

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Academy for Five Element Acupuncture

Emerson Appraisal Co.

G. W. Robinson Homes

Habitat for Humanity

Mark Hurm & Co, LLC

Sam’s Club

Southeast Car Agency


Gainesville Health Care Center

Crime Prevention Security Systems

Custom Home Entertainment, LLC

Rodan + Fields – Bob & Jamie Shrum

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