Gainesville’s Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to becoming a global competitor in business, and their results prove that we are well on our way.
In 2014, the Chamber raised $6 million as a community investment in transforming greater Gainesville’s business climate, talent pipeline, and global market presence. In 2015, the Chamber continued its efforts with initiatives to improve opportunities for employers, students, and school children.
However, according to Susan Davenport, the interim President for the Chamber, one of our strongest metrics is actually Chamber membership. At about 1,400 members, enrollment has surpassed that of last year’s. This number speaks to the community awareness and involvement in all of the Chamber’s efforts. It is not the work of an isolated few to become a globally competitive business destination — it is the combined efforts of greater Gainesville’s businesses and leaders.
With the help of these local members, the Chamber has been able to create a favorable climate for businesses with over 80 initiatives approved by city and county officials. Additionally, the Alachua County Education Compact created a strong allegiance between business, education, government, and community leaders to drive economic opportunity for students and businesses through education. In the past 3 years, the Chamber has announced more than 1,400 jobs.
Gainesville is dedicated to the idea of being a globally competitive business destination and is taking every step to make that possible.