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e-Journal 9-1-15: Envision Alachua is Happening Now

e-Journal 9-1-15: Envision Alachua is Happening Now

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

September 1, 2015

Envision Alachua is Happening Now!

After four years of hard work , Envision Alachua is in the process of moving from vision to reality! Your support is needed more than ever. At this time, Plum Creek has submitted two applications, which are now being reviewed. Alachua County is currently reviewing the revised Envision Alachua Sector Plan (EASP) application. When the County has set datesRead more

Upcoming Events

Sep 9 Manufacturing Workforce Focus Group

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

Sep 15 Regional Business Before Hours – Campus USA Credit Union

Sep 16 Ribbon Cutting – Gainesville Housing Authority

Sep 18 Public Leader Awards Ceremony

Sep 22 Business Matters Workshop Series 2 of 4

Sep 26 Ribbon Cutting – Barre Forte

Oct 1 Ribbon Cutting – Care Spot Healthcare / UF Health

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards 2015

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce annually honors businesses for their role in helping our region become the global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity. To be considered for a Business of the Year award, the organization should standout for excellence and innovation with in business practices and community involvement. Winners will be announced at our Business Awards Celebration…Read more

Business Celebrations: Gainesville Housing Authority, Davidson & Crevasse’s and more

Join us on September 16 to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) Small Business Incubator. GHA is devoted to creating opportunities for those individuals facing challenges in today’s economy as well as assist them in developing valuable skills, knowledge and self-sufficiency. Food and beverages will be provided. The official Ribbon Cutting Event will commence at 4:15pm…Read more

Save with Member-to-Member Discounts

Chamber members are eligible for discounts on auto purchases, computer networking and repair, legal services, advertising and a list of others. In many cases, the discounts offered have the potential to more than repay most annual membership dues. Please go to Member Discount Section of the Gainesville Chamber website to learn more about the available discounts. We want to be a catalyst for growth in member businesses. If you…Read more

Depot Park Groundbreaking Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 2

Construction on downtown’s eagerly-awaited, 32-acre Depot Park will begin next week. Named after the 1860s-era train station that served as Gainesville’s main railroad hub for 60 years, the urban park will showcase the city’s cultural heritage. 

This $5.9 million park construction phase will include: a football-field sized children’s play area with a Sweetwater Branch Creek-themed splash pad; a water’s edge promenade designed to…Read more

Inspiring creative thinking, future inventors and early entrepreneurs in Alachua County

Brewing Company, for Opportunity Is Knocking Luncheon Series: Greater Gainesville Is Rising. Free for Chamber members! This luncheon will cover the pivotal role the Cade Museum plays in the transforming greater Gainesville both physically, as Depot Park becomes a reality, and symbolically, as the museum works to increase access and improve the quality of life for all residents of Alachua County. Development director Leslie…Read more

Envision Alachua Land Tour, October 6, 2015

Another opportunity to see Plum Creek’s land designated for the proposed SR 20 Jobs Center is coming up on Tuesday, October 6. Two comfortable three-hour guided vehicle tours will be conducted, one each in the morning and afternoon. Talk to Plum Creek foresters, see the proposed conservation lands and job center areas, ask questions and share your ideas. RSVP here to sign up for one of the October 6 tours or request more…Read more

Florida Chamber: Employers Need to Keep Improving Education for a Better Workforce

More Floridians than ever are finding great careers. But Florida still has a skills gap problem. Did you know at least half a million Floridians are unemployed, even though more than 250,000 jobs are open and waiting for the right person? Today’s employers have open, high-wage jobs. Employers get hundreds of applications, but very few have the needed skills. The good news for employers is that Florida’s education reforms…Read more

Manufacturers Focus Group on Workforce Issues

Have your voice heard here at a focus group surrounding challenges faced by regional manufacturers hosted by the Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council on Wednesday, September 9th from 3-5pm. The workforce focus group will be facilitated by Kim Tesch-Vaught, Executive Director of CareerSource North Central Florida. As manufacturers your input on the state of the Gainesville workforce is highly valued…Read more

Public Leader Awards Ceremony Sept. 18

Please join us for the 2015 Public Leader Awards featuring keynote speaker Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of the City of Tampa, FL. The event will take place at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church at 120 SE Williston Road. Call 352.378.2498 or visit the Chamber website calendar for more information…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.


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Sam’s Club and Walmart Supercenter Construction Underway

Sam’s Club and Walmart join Lowe’s, all now under construction in Butler North, the 750,000 square foot expansion of Butler Plaza. A new name at the Butler retail complex, the 140,225 square foot Sam’s Club…Read more

Upcoming Events at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Pugh Hall Ocora, 6 p.m.
Katie Sanders is a PunditFact staff writer based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before PunditFact, Sanders wrote for PolitiFact for the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami…Read more

Embrace Artistic Excellence by Volunteering at Gainesville’s Downtown Festival & Art Show

The 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is quickly approaching and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is looking for individuals and organizations that would like to support…Read more

Bikers On Parade 2015 Kick-Off & Chamber After Hours

Gainesville Harley-Davidson and Crevasse’s Simple Cremation kick off Bikers On Parade 2015 at Chamber After Hours September 10th at Gainesville Harley-Davidson, 4125 NW 97th Blvd.! Join business leaders and…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Sep 10 11th Annual Gainesville Latino Film Festival

Sep 14 Dental Implant Seminar

Sep 16 Learn Quickbooks– Online Version

Sep 18-20 ButterflyFest Plant Sale

Sep 19 ButterflyFest

Sep 25 Webster University’s 2nd Annual Community Health & Resource Fair

Oct 3 Information Session / Open House

Oct 9 Live2Lead:Gainesville

Oct 10 Walk To End Alzheimer’s


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