Gainesville Chamber Forms Technology Council to Foster Growth in Technology Sector

Written By: Erica Brown
GAINESVILLE, FL – The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of the Gainesville Area Technology Council (GATC), signaling a collaboration to foster growth throughout the technology sector in the Gainesville region. The GATC will be led by 2014 Board of Directors Augi Lye, Trendy Entertainment, Amir Rubin, Paracosm, Duncan Kabinu, Starter Space, and Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark.
The announcement was made at the Gainesville Chamber’s alternative career fair, /hobnob: #NotYourDaddysCareerFair, hosted at Starter Space on Feb. 13. City of Gainesville Commissioner Todd Chase, Alachua County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson, and Tim Giuliani, President & CEO of the Gainesville Chamber, were on hand to make the announcement.
The creation of the Technology Council in collaboration with the Gainesville Chamber is expected to help accelerate the growth of the technology sector and bolster the effort to retain expanding tech businesses in the Gainesville region, simultaneously creating jobs and retaining top talent.
“The growth of the technology sector in our region is a key component to fulfilling our vision of making the Gainesville region a hub for talent, innovation, and opportunity,” said John Carlson, Chair of the Council for Economic Outreach and CEO of Gainesville-based construction firm Charles Perry Partners, Inc. “The leadership of this council in collaboration with the Gainesville Chamber will provide our technology companies a great opportunity to not only grow but inspire the creation of more local tech companies and retain them as they expand in our area.”
The Gainesville Chamber will provide the GATC with expertise and resources in the areas of business development, public policy, economic development, talent & workforce, international trade and regional growth.
The /hobnob event, connecting current students to potential technology employers in the region, is just the first step in a variety of objectives, activities and plans designed for the foreseeable future. A few of the objectives include a tech-focused website and blog created, a variety of events designed to showcase Gainesville’s technology sector, and collaboration with partners like the Florida High Tech Corridor Council to effectively promote Gainesville as a hub for technology companies, entrepreneurs, and professionals.
The Gainesville Chamber and GATC strongly encourage all technology companies and entrepreneurs to join them in this endeavor and take advantage of the opportunity to successfully grow in the Gainesville region. Visit GainesvilleChamber.com/Technologyfor more information on the Gainesville Area Technology Council and opportunities to join and get involved.
About the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Formed in 1924, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the Gainesville area. Representing nearly 1,200 members that employ more than 70,000 employees, the Chamber firmly believes that thriving business builds a thriving community. The Chamber is 5-star accredited by the United States Chamber of Commerce, putting it in the top 1% of all Chambers nationwide. Learn more at www.GainesvilleChamber.com or call us at 352.334.7100.
Creating Opportunity Through Outreach…
The Council for Economic Outreach (CEO) is the official economic development agency in Alachua County. It attracts new business and investment to the Gainesville region and help existing businesses grow. CEO markets the assets of the region to the national and international business community. Please visit us atwww.GCEO.com.   
…and Advocacy
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce advocates policies and promotes programs that help businesses thrive. Acting as non-partisan, we advocate on behalf of the interests of the business community at various levels of government. The Chamber actively engages elected officials and government staff on important issues fostering business growth and economic development. Please contact us at[email protected] for more information.

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