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e-Journal 6-9-15: Susan Davenport Steps into Role of Chamber’s Interim President/CEO

e-Journal 6-9-15: Susan Davenport Steps into Role of Chamber’s Interim President/CEO

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

June 9, 2015

Susan Davenport Steps into Role of Chamber’s Interim President/CEO

The leadership transition at the Gainesville Area Chamber is now officially underway and Susan Davenport—who is now serving as the Chamber’s Interim President and CEO—has immersed herself in the Chamber’s membership, public policy, workforce and operations activities. “Susan is performing skillfully as the Chamber’s Interim President/CEO at thisRead more

Upcoming Events

Jun 10 Ribbon Cutting- Celebrate Primary Care

Jun 16 Ribbon Cutting – Junior League of Gainesville

Jun 18 Gainesville Restaurant Week Kick-off Event

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.

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 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, 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 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

See details for this and other city government-related meetings here.

Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

See details for this and other county government-related meetings here.

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!

Barre Forte

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

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