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e-Journal 7-14-15: AGTC Announces $1B Collaboration with Biogen

e-Journal 7-14-15: AGTC Announces $1B Collaboration with Biogen

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

July 14, 2015

AGTC Announces $1B Collaboration with Biogen

Sue Washer, President/CEO of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, last week announced a deal with Massachusetts-based Biogen that potentially could result in $ billion to the company. Washer says the deal will allow the company to expand the number of research programs, more rapidly develop other therapies, and speed up and increase hiring plans, among otherRead more

Upcoming Events

Jul 21 Ribbon Cutting – RTI Surgical, Logistics & Technology Center

Jul 23 Ribbon Cutting – TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Aug 11 Chamber 101 – Meet the Chamber Staff

Aug 18 Business Before Hours – TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Aug 20 Chamber After Hours – Volkswagen of Gainesville

Sep 10 Chamber After Hours – Gainesville Harley Davidson & Crevasse’s Simple Cremation

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Now Accepting Nominations for Chamber Board of Directors

The Chamber Board of Directors is accepting recommendations for the 2016 calendar year through their Nominating Committee; applications are due on or before July 31. Board directors serve three-year terms. Once all of the nominations are in, the candidates will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee. A slate of new directors will be proposed at the Chamber’s August Board Meeting and declared elected at the September…Read more

Member Anniversaries

Congratulations are in order Chamber members celebrating anniversaries. From new businesses to companies that have called Gainesville home for generations, these members daily embody the innovative spirit of our region. We hope you will join us in thanking them for the commitment they have demonstrated to the Gainesville area as Chamber members and wish them many more years of success! 75 Years: Walker…Read more

Member Profile: 160over90 Wraps Bo Diddley Plaza in Colorful Conversation

“Your heart is still here.” “This isn’t a break-up. We’re just on a break.” “Your nose ain’t afraid of the grindstone.” If you’ve driven by Bo Diddley Plaza in the last couple of months, you probably have noticed the entire block is wrapped in colorful and witty banter spoken directly to the citizens of Gainesville. What you may not know is that the wrap was designed to do more than cloak unsightly…Read more

Member Discounts Increase the Value of Membership Investment

Take advantage of outstanding cost-saving opportunities through the Chamber’s Member-to-Member Discounts program, which gives members access to special deals on everything from advertising rates to business solutions. Often, the discounts offered have the potential to more than repay most annual membership dues. Visit the Member Discount Section of the Gainesville Chamber website to learn more about the…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cuttings at RTI Surgical, Logistics & Technology Center and TownePlace Suits by Marriott

On July 21, join us to celebrate the grand opening of the new RTI Surgical, Logistics & Technology Center with a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The event agenda will include guest speakers, tours of the new facilities and interview opportunities for the media. On July 23, join us in celebrating the official grand opening of Towne Place Suites by Marriott with a Ribbon Cutting Event. There will be room tours, door prizes…Read more

Opportunity: Host Business Before Hours

This month’s Business Before Hours meeting will be held on July 21, 2014 from 8:30-10 a.m. at a location soon be announced. If you would like that location to be your business, contact Senior Membership Director Steve Cannon. 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…Read more

Gainesville Leaders Talk Education at “Opportunity is Knocking”

On Friday, the latest of the Chamber’s monthly Opportunity is Knocking luncheon series—one of several ways we are connecting members to opportunities to learn about Envision Alachua—focused on creating and supporting opportunities through education. The luncheon was held at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED). Speakers included Chamber Vice President of Workforce…Read more

Two Local Companies chosen by GrowFL as 2015 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists

GrowFL has announced the 2015 Florida Companies to Watch finalists, and two of them are Gainesville companies: Goodwin Heart Pine, a regional manufacturer and 2 College Brothers, a transportation and warehousing company. Florida Companies to Watch honors 50 second-stage companies throughout Florida for development of valuable product and services, job creation, community enrichment and industry…Read more

UF Among Top 20 Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents Worldwide

The National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association have ranked the University of Florida—among our region’s greatest innovation and education assets—among the world’s Top 20 universities granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2014. The three Florida High Tech Corridor research universities—UF, University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida—all ranked in…Read more

A Gainesville Solution to Tech-Driven IT Workforce Trends

Technology changes often have unanticipated consequences on us people and professionals, according to Paul Gillin in his article, “How Cloud is Changing the IT Workforce,” on “Email increased the speed of business. The Web made every buyer an informed shopper. Smartphones are changing the way the world interacts. And the impact of the cloud is only beginning to be felt,” writes Gillin. “Though still…Read more

Business and Economic Growth Task Force on County Commission Meeting Agenda

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is slated to consider the creation of a Business and Economic Growth Task Force chaired by the County Commission Chair. Private sector representatives are proposed to be included in the composition of the task force. The group’s purpose would be to oversee the implementation of recommendations approved earlier this year by the County Commission to…Read more

GRU Governance in the News

Gainesville Sun — Editorial: Better Oversight

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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

Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Emergency Need

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is now officially in emergency need for blood. I have attached the news release and blood drive schedule for the next few days. Please help us spread the word about the…Read more

Donate Blood at SweetBerries for Free Frozen Custard

On July 18th from 5-8pm, SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard at 505 NW 13th Street will host a Blood Drive. Donors will receive a free frozen custard concrete. SweetBerries is participating in a blood…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps

Jul 14 PDQ Family Cornhole Tournament for Special Olympics Florida-Alachua County

Jul 16 Red, White & More Red!

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!

Consolidated Moving & Transport, LLC.

Embers Prime Steaks Wood Grill

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!


Allen Enterprises of Gainesville, Inc.

Classic Fare Catering


Concept Construction

Landmark Mortgage Planners


Venture Realty of North Florida, Inc.

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