Gainesville Area Chamber Among Top Three Finalists in Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ 2015 Chamber of the Year Competition
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has ranked the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in the top three 2015 National Chamber of the Year finalists among similarly sized chambers. The award designates that recognized chambers have demonstrated not only organizational strength in operations and member services, but also have shown community leadership by impacting priorities such as education…Read more
Gainesville Restaurant Week to Kick Off June 18
Gainesville Restaurant Week is back and better than ever! Set to begin on June 18 at 5 p.m., we already have nearly 40 restaurants participating and they are currently putting together fantastic deals for you to take advantage of! Visit gainesvillerestaurantweek.com to check out the participating restaurants, and keep coming back as we continue to update with new deals and events going on throughout the…Read more
Business Celebrations – Ribbon Cuttings at Celebrate Primary Care and Junior League of Gainesville
Join us Wednesday for a ribbon cutting at Celebrate Primary Care from 4 – 7 p.m. and next week Tuesday at the Junior League of Gainesville from 6 – 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Join us for the grand opening of Celebrate Primary Care! Celebrate Primary Care is a membership-based primary care concierge practice that is available to patients at an affordable price. Come out and learn more as we “Celebrate” with food and fun…Read more
Gainesville Dev Academy Unites Regional Partners Around Tech Industry Growth
Last week, area technology industry leaders joined the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Council for Economic Outreach, and leaders from CareerSource North Central Florida, the University of Florida and Santa Fe College to officially launch the Gainesville Dev Academy. The Academy aims to address the region’s need to train tech talent and retain graduating students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and..Read more
Support Market Florida
The Florida Chamber of Commerce has asked the Gainesville Business Community to communicate today with state legislators to encourage them to market Florida’s business climate to other states. The Special legislative session currently underway will end June 20 or earlier, so time is of the essence. Why is this important to you? The Chamber’s vision for its members and all of Greater Gainesville hinges on…Read more
Gainesville Named Florida’s Ninth Safest City from Hurricanes
HomeInsurance.com, a consumer-centric insurance marketplace, recently conducted a study to find the safest Florida cities from hurricanes and related threats – and Gainesville ranked #9. To find the safest cities, analysts at HomeInsurance.com used a variety of data points to create total score for 35 Florida cities with populations greater than 10,000. Analysts used the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…Read more
Export University Taking Applications
Are you interested in moving your products into global markets, but unsure how to get started? If so, Export University 101—a training program of the Chamber’s Export Gainesville program — can help. Slated to be held June 23, 2015, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Export University is designed to help companies begin an export initiative and to gain skills and innovation in their international sales. In 2014, Endoscopy…Read more
Transportation is Key Among Chamber’s 2015 Federal Priorities
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce today released its 2015 Federal Policy Agenda, which includes seven key areas of advocacy and representation— talent, innovation, opportunity, transportation, renewable energy, water and quality of life – on behalf of businesses and organizations in the Gainesville region on a national level. Strengthening transportation infrastructure is among multiple federal policy priorities…Read more
As Special Session Progresses, Tax Reform Package Advances in House
The Florida Legislature this week entered its second week of a 20-day Special Legislative Session after the House of Representatives approved $436 million in targeted tax reforms. Included in the tax cut package are Gainesville Area Chamber priorities including reductions to the communications services tax (CST) and the sales tax on commercial leases.
A delegation of Gainesville Area business leaders participated in a Chamber…Read more
Public Leadership Institute Application Period Open
If you are interested in running for office, leadership, candidacy or public policy issues, the Public Leadership Institute may be for you! The Business Community Coalition (BCC)—a partnership between the Gainesville Area Chamber, the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors and the Builders Association of North Central Florida—has opened the application period for the 2015 Public Leadership Institute (PLI). PLI…Read more
Improving Alachua County’s Business Climate: Economic Diversification
The Gainesville Area Chamber, Alachua County Commission and County Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) are working together to improve the county’s business climate. This week’s focus is on the Economic Diversification recommendations in the Business and Economic Growth Action Plan approved unanimously by the County Commission in March 2015. The fourteen recommendations adopted to help…Read more
City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar
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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar
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Upcoming Envision Alachua Education Opportunities
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. Join us on First Fridays for this monthly opportunity to learn and engage in a dialogue about regional progress. This month’s luncheon…Read more
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World Sea Turtle Day Celebration
Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day on June 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History with the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Children and families are invited to tour the museum’s sea turtle…Read more
Governor Scott Signs Legislation That Will Strengthen and Modernize Florida’s Workforce System
Governor Rick Scott has signed into law legislation that will ensure Florida’s nationally recognized workforce system remains market relevant and focused on meeting the needs of business, today and into the…Read more
Celebration Pointe Announces $125 Million Loan Closing for Phase I
The developer of Celebration Pointe, a 225-acre mixed-used regional development located in Gainesville, Fla. announced today that it has secured a $125 million construction loan for Phase I of…Read more
IWI Seeking Mentors for Youth Program
The Institute for Workforce Innovation is looking for caring, dependable, and enthusiastic individuals to commit 4 hours of their time each month to a Project YouthBuild AmeriCorps youth as they embark…Read more
Thomas Group Realty, LLC Doubles Sales Volume in First Half of 2015
Thomas Group Realty’s sales activity has nearly doubled in the first half of 2015. From January to June of 2015, Thomas Group has listed and sold 190 properties, nearly double the 97 properties listed and sold…Read more
A Professional Development Course hosted by IBM and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium
Cloud and mobile technologies have changed the competitive advantage for companies and organizations globally. Implementing technology such as the Internet of Things for the smart, energy efficient…Read more
Upcoming Community Events
Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps
Jun 18 Gainesville Restaurant Week Kick-off Event
Jun 18 – June 28 Gainesville Restaurant Week
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!
Caring & Sharing Learning School
Scan Technology, Inc.
Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!
Alliance Pediatrics, PA
EDA Engineers-Surveyors-Planners, Inc.
Florida Express Environmental, LLC
Ponikvar & Associates, Inc
Sage Home Solutions
Dawn McKinstry Photography
Capital City Bank
Eat the 80
Country Inn & Suites
Royal Restrooms of North Florida
School Board of Alachua County
Austin, Bovay & Gillman, P.A.
Holiday Inn Express
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Sunstate Federal Credit Union