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e-Journal 3-15-16: GRU Governance Bill Passed by Florida Senate, Headed to Governor’s Desk

e-Journal 3-15-16: GRU Governance Bill Passed by Florida Senate, Headed to Governor’s Desk

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

March 15, 2016

GRU Governance Bill Passed by Florida Senate, Headed to Governor’s Desk

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce thanks Senator Rob Bradley, and other leaders of the Florida Senate for voting “yes” on CS/CS/HB 1355. The bill, which was sponsored and advanced in the House by Rep. Keith Perry requires a referendum for City of Gainesville voters to determine whether to create the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority. The bill now awaits…Read more

Upcoming Events

Mar 16 Gator Nationals – Chamber After Hours

Mar 17 Rabell Realty Group – Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Event

Mar 18 Meridian Behavioral Healthcare – Ribbon Cutting

Mar 21 Groundbreaking – Gainesville Audi

Mar 22 Business Before Hours – Hilton University of Florida

Mar 22 Leadership Execution & Strategy Panel

Ami McClay Joins Chamber as Events Manager

The Chamber is excited to introduce our members to Ami McClay, who recently came on board as its Events Manager. “I’m so excited to meet as many members as I can and play my role in making our Chamber events valuable to everyone who attends,” Ami said. A native of Tallahassee, Ami received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration with a specialization…Read more

Bo Diddley Plaza Officially Reopened

After one year of being closed for a $1.8 million renovation, Bo Diddley Plaza was officially reopened last Thursday by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency. Six key figures in the project spoke at the ceremony, including Mayor Ed Braddy and Evelyn Cooper, Bo Diddley’s daughter. The park is open to the public between 7 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and now boasts enhanced safety and accessibility features…Read more

One location. Countless leads. Significant Results: Sign up for the B2B Expo

Sign up today for Greater Gainesville’s premier business-to-business expo taking place at the Wyndham Garden Gainesville (formerly the Paramount Hotel) on Wednesday, April 20th from noon to 4 p.m. The Business-to-Business Expo is the Chamber’s annual sell-out event that spotlights 100 local organizations and 500 attendees. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity for strategic networking and obtaining solid…Read more

Member Profile: The Power of Search Keeps iLS Network Winning

So you’re looking for an apartment that’s pet friendly, has tiled floors and comes with a parking garage. You need the advanced technology of iLS Network. “It’s the power of our search that sets us apart,” said Pete Zimek, founder and CEO of iLS Network. A two-time University of Florida graduate, Pete began his career in publishing doing advertising sales for Insight Magazine. Through working with apartment communities on their print advertising…Read more

Tomorrow: Chamber After Hours at Gator Nationals

It’s time to kick-off Gator Nationals! Join us for the annual Chamber After Hours at the Gainesville Raceway March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is always one of our biggest and most fun, so don’t miss out! Join us for food, refreshments, prizes and networking. Bring a friend, bring a co-worker, bring yourself, but most importantly, bring your Gator Nationals spirit! Advanced registration is not required for this event…Read more

Business Celebrations: Groundbreaking at Gainesville Audi next week; Ribbon Cuttings at Rabell Realty Group, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare

Join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s newest partner, Gainesville Audi as they break ground at their new location on March 21 from 1-3 p.m. 1948 N. Main St., On March 17, join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of Rabell Realty Group with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration! The event will include food and drink. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:45 p.m. On March 18, join us to celebrate the Grand…Read more

Attention Foodies: Check out Mid-Day Meetups

Your Gainesville Chamber is always at work for you. We know you are swamped with work, and that, when you’re running a business, deciding where to have lunch means one more decision. That’s why the Chamber will be offering Mid-Day Meetup suggestions. The community will be able to check out the Chamber’s Facebook, Twitter or Meetup feeds for a daily suggestion on where they can “meet-up” for lunch. Think about it–you’ll…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

Advanced Manufacturing Council Board Plans for MAF Summit

The Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council Board held a regularly scheudled meeting on March 9. The Council, Chaired by Ryan Loftus of Exactech, discussed plans to highlight Gainesville in the 2016 Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) Summit and Marketplace being held in Gainesville on November 15-17. Manufacturers from around the state will meet at the event and showcase their products and technology…Read more

Gainesville Tech Council Kicks Off 2016

Sixty-five local technology professionals joined the Gainesville Tech Council at The Bank Bar & Lounge at the official 2016 Kickoff event. Tech Council Chair, Augi Lye of ApexTek Labs, welcomed the group and introduced the 2016 Board members, as well as shared his thoughts on why Gainesville tech companies have a unique opportunity to succeed in our local environment. Attendees were invited to join the Tech Council and help fulfill…Read more


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Network with local techies at Buzz Happy Hour!

SharpSpring is sponsoring Buzz, a series of networking events held every second Thursday and geared toward the local tech community. The next Buzz event will be held at First Magnitude on March 24, from 5:30 to 7:30…Read more

Gateway Bank of Central Florida Announces Affiliation To Service Residential Loans

“Being able to service residential mortgage accounts for customers in-house through our affiliated relationship is unique to the industry,” said Raymond Andrews, President of Prime Mortgage Group. The partnership…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Mar 12 Can You Dig It?

Mar 21-25 Florida Museum Spring Break Camps

Mar 22 77th Cattleman’s Banquet

Apr 15-Apr 17 Earth Day Plant Sale

Apr 16 Earth Day Exploration

Welcome New Members!

Santa Fe River Ranch

Two Hawk Hammock

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Cutting Edge Lawn Care


Donna Cohen Classic Design, LLC

North Florida Regional Medical Center


Saint Leo University

Waldo Inn & Suites

Mister Paper Business Products

Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors

GrayRobinson, P.A.

Henderson Engineering, Inc.

Nalbandian Properties, LLC

The Independent Florida Alligator

Tish Oleksy – State Farm Insurance




Zaxby’s dba Zax, Inc.


Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club

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