InterCity Leadership Exchange

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Each year, a diverse delegation comprised of Greater Gainesville’s business, community, education and public leaders travel to another region for a three-day study of the city’s development and success in building a strong, regional economy and nationally acclaimed city.

Our InterCity Leadership Exchange continues to break ground when it comes to creating an environment where Greater Gainesville leaders can engage in meaningful dialogue and generate innovative ideas from peer cities that are open to sharing their successes and failures with us. Serving as a launchpad for tackling the issues facing our region in the short- and long-term, the Intercity Leadership Exchange provides a unique opportunity for collective community visioning among our city leaders that can yield positive results for the Greater Gainesville community.

Through shared experiences and a common foundation of understanding, delegates become a more cohesive team working to solve problems on behalf of the community.

For questions or more information about our InterCity Leadership Exchange, please contact Kayla Ellsworth, Director of Programs & Events, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce at or 352.317.3620.

InterCity Leadership Exchange 2018: Columbus, Ohio

On March 19-21, 2018, join Greater Gainesville’s most forward thinking leaders on our annual InterCity Leadership Exchange to study one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., Columbus, Ohio.

Vibrant and progressive, Columbus’ dynamic yet stable economy is the envy of many other U.S. and international cities. Its collaborative business environment makes it a place where entrepreneurs can take risks, and small businesses and major corporations can thrive — earning it the distinction as one of the top metros for job creation.

Key Areas of Study

  • Redevelopment of Downtown Columbus
  • Ohio State University
  • Synergy between the University and City of Columbus
  • SMART Cities Initiative
  • Civic Infrastructure & Transportation
  • Arts & Culture
  • Columbus 2020: Economic Development Strategy
  • and more!

Registration is $1,650 per person (spouses welcome to attend for $800) and includes lodging, food, and sessions & ground transportation. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Columbus. Spots are filling up quickly, be sure to reserve your spot today!

Register Here

Columbus was selected for this year’s trip due in large part to the direct correlation to the four initiatives launched in the University of Florida Strategic Development Plan for Gainesville: New American City, Proximity, Strong Neighborhoods and Stewardship. Learn more about the plan here.

Interesting in sponsoring the trip? Sponsorship Opportunities available here.

For more information about sponsoring the trip, please contact Tabetha Getz, VP of Membership, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Lodging Information: Hilton Columbus Downtown


Exposure to new perspectives and thought leadership on current issues, while experiencing iconic Columbus landmarks.


Learn how Columbus leverages their unique strengths to drive innovation and create opportunity.


Explore the driving forces behind the Columbus economy and best practices on a variety of issues – transportation, downtown development, arts and culture, etc. – and use those lessons learned to make our region more vibrant, diverse and globally competitive.

Flight Information

All attendees should plan to arrive by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018. It will be the responsibility of the attendee to coordinate transportation from the airport to the Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel. Once the program begins, all ground transportation will be provided by the Chamber for the remainder of the trip. At the conclusion of our program, attendees will be transported to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). Attendees should plan to book their flights AFTER 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Should you choose to book an earlier flight, it will be your responsibility to make travel arrangements to the airport and you may miss out on final program activities.


John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), formerly known as Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

4600 International Gateway, Columbus, OH 43219

About Columbus, Ohio

See what makes ColumbUS unique, exciting, unexpected, open & smart:

The Columbus High Five

Learn about the great urban neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus has five central districts along High Street, connecting Ohio State University to Downtown, Columbus!

Live, Work Play in Columbus

The best of everything – find out why Columbus, Ohio is a great place to live, work and play! Columbus, Ohio has great people, food, entertainment, neighborhoods, music, arts, good schools, healthcare, different opportunities to worship, watch sports, all at a reasonable cost of living. Columbus is the center of everywhere!

Columbus: See for Yourself!

We invite you to come see Columbus, one of the fastest-grown, most-livable, diverse, open cities! Hear from local business owners small and large, city officials, entrepreneurs, residents and more!

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