Chamber News

Chamber conducts national media visit as part of efforts to market Greater Gainesville

In February, several national media representatives toured several companies, incubators and an education institution to gather multiple perspectives on why certain businesses thrive in Greater Gainesville. The tour was divided into two tracks with one focusing on technology companies and the other focusing on life sciences companies. The visit was conducted in support of the Transforming Greater Gainesville Five Year Economic Development Strategy, which calls for efforts to market Greater Gainesville as a premier business and lifestyle destination. Attending journalists included:

  • Frank Ohlhorst, an award winning technology journalist and IT industry analyst who writes for industry leading publications such as GigaOm, Industry Week, CIO and more;
  • Lexie Metzler, Associate Editor for Medical Design Technology, which engages an audience of design engineering and corporate management professionals, empowering them to elevate the quality and innovation of their development initiatives;
  • Mengda Li, writer for Jiefang Daily Group, which produces and distributes Shanghai’s major daily newspaper

FullSizeRender[3] (1)Special thanks to all of the companies and organizations who participated in the tour:

  • SharpSpring
  • MindTree
  • VANAD Group
  • Mobiquity
  • Gainesville Dev Academy
  • NovaBone Products, LLC
  • AGTC
  • Brammer Bio
  • Exactech
  • CareerSource North Central Florida
  • Santa Fe College
  • UF Innovation Hub
  • Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute
  • Gainesville Regional Airport


babiesWalking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies – March for Babies April 1, 2017

It’s March for Babies season and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce would like you to join our team in support of the March of Dimes. With you on our team, we can give families hope by raising money to fund lifesaving research and programs that help moms and babies. To join our team or donate, contact Team Captain Nancy Halbrook at or (352) 334-7100.


Chamber Unveils New, Improved

The Gainesville Area Chamber recently launched a brand new Designed with members in mind, the site enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of Chamber communications, the site is mobile-friendly and offers a clean, streamlined look. The new site is a key component of the Chamber’s 2017 plans to enhance the way it informs and connects members. The launch marks the Chamber’s first website redesign since 2012.

websiteAt the new, members will find popular, familiar areas such as the Chamber’s event calendar, the member directory and Chamber news. The Chamber also will make the same news our members expect readily available via a new blog-style news section. For those who prefer to receive weekly updates, the ejournal will continue to hit your inbox every Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., and past issues will remain more readily accessible in a new more streamlined ejournal archive. New features include a brand standards page where Chamber brand assets can be found and downloaded.

Expect to see regular updates and improvements to the new site on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, to familiarize members with the new site, the Chamber will cover a different feature of the new site each week in coming ejournal issues. In the meantime, if you have questions about the new site or want to provide feedback, please email or call the Chamber at (352) 334-7100 and ask for Communications Director Alyssa Brown or Communications Coordinator Kayla Ellsworth.

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