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Advanced Manufacturing Council

Founded in 2014, the Advanced Manufacturing Council is on a mission to connect and grow the regional manufacturing sector through unified marketing, advocacy and economic development efforts. Organized and guided by a group of 15 industry leaders, this council has leveraged the momentum gained in its inaugural year as an impetus for high performance and visibility.

Since its inception, the Council has established collaborative relationships with education institutions in the region, hosted two successful Manufacturing Months to raise awareness of career options in manufacturing, and launched as a community resource for information about the region’s manufacturing industry and the opportunities it presents.

For more information about the Advanced Manufacturing Council, please visit


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Tech Council

Founded in 2014, the mission of the Tech Council is to foster the growth of Greater Gainesville’s technology sector. In 2015, the four founding members created a Tech Council Board of technology executives to expand and enhance the mission of the council. As the voice of the Gainesville tech community, the Council has worked collaboratively with community partners to address common industry-specific issues.

For more information about the Tech Council or how you can get involved, contact Tabetha Getz at

International Council

The International Council connects companies and leaders with international business opportunities, advocacy, and training programs to help grow the region’s exports in the global marketplace.

For more information about the International Council and how you can get involved, please contact our Director of Industry Development Staci Bertrand at

Regional Partners

The Council for Economic Outreach works with regional partners to support regional cohesion and economic prosperity for Greater Gainesville through job growth and creation. The vision of this region as a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity depends on ongoing collaboration with leaders in business and government throughout Alachua County.

Regional Partners

  • Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Duke Energy
  • Gainesville Regional Airport
  • Gilchrist County
  • North Central Florida Regional Planning Council
  • Alachua County
  • City of Alachua
  • City of Archer
  • City of Gainesville
  • City of Hawthorne
  • City of High Springs
  • City of LaCrosse
  • City of Micanopy
  • City of Newberry
  • City of Waldo

For more information about the Regional Partners, please contact Director of Industry Development Staci Bertrand at

Innovation Gainesville 2.0

Building on the legacy of the original Innovation Gainesville (iG) – a community-wide initiative launched in 2009 to connect people and regional assets around an innovation economy – the Gainesville Chamber reengaged the original iG advocates in 2016, and has positioned the group to play a key role in creating the next phase of the region’s innovation economy. Launched in February, 2016, as Innovation Gainesville 2.0, the initiative has been realigned under the Chamber’s Economic Development division to help drive the Transforming Greater Gainesville Strategy toward achieving its goal of creating 3,500 new jobs and $250 million in new capital investment to region. Innovation Gainesville 2.0’s inaugural year will be co-chaired by David Whitney, MBA, Assistant Director of the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Innovation Institute, and Patti Breedlove, M.S., former director of the UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.

iG 2.0 Advocates

  • Patti Breedlove - UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator
  • David Whitney - UF College of Engineering
  • Mitch Glaeser - The Emory Group
  • Ryan Belaney - RTI Biologics
  • Linda McGurn - McGurn Investments
  • Will McClave - InfoTech
  • Chuck Clemons - Santa Fe College
  • Sue Washer - AGTC
  • Dan Rua - Inflexion Partners
  • Randy Scott - HealthQuest Capital
  • Karen Zaderej - Axogen
  • Weaver Gaines - Nanotherapeutics
  • Maureen Tartaglione - Cox Communications
  • Tim McHugh - Student Maid
  • Deepu Paul - Mindtree
  • David Day - University of Florida
  • Cherrie Hughes - University of Florida
  • Jeff Fitzsimmons - Invivo
  • Bryan da Frota - Technology and Entrepreneurship Consultant
  • David Nelson, M.D. - CTSI
  • David Massias - Shadow Health

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