Gainesville growing tech sector

Tech Council

The IT sector is growing in the Gainesville region and we are doubling down on our strategy to support and grow companies and jobs in this sector.  Last week, we announced our new collaboration with Gainesville tech entrepreneurs to launch the “Gainesville Area Tech Council” that will operate through the Chamber and be led by an industry advisory board.

This represents another step in implementing our “Regional Platform for the Future.”  We’ve aligned our six lines of business (Business Development, Economic Development, International Trade, Public Policy, iG & Regional Initiatives, and Talent Alignment & Workforce Development) to support our targeted IT industry sector through this tech council.  Over the coming months, our founding advisory board will outline the goals and strategies for their first year.  The 2014 Advisory Board in currently led by Augi Lye, Trendy Entertainment, Amir Rubin, Paracosm, Duncan Kabinu, Starter Space, and Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark.  This group and its membership will build out in the coming months.

City of Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy and Commissioner Todd Chase, and Alachua County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson were on hand to make the announcement last Thursday night at our /hobnob kick-off event. 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.  This is a critical piece to keeping our talent here and plugging our brain drain.

Visit http://www.GainesvilleChamber.com/Technology for more information on the Gainesville Area Technology Council and opportunities to join and get involved.

News stories:

Business in the Heart of Florida: http://businessmagazinegainesville.com/gainesville-chamber-forms-technology-council-foster-growth-technology-sector/

GTN news story: http://www.mygtn.tv/story/24728858/gainesvilles-new-tech-council-keeping-talent-local

Social media activity: http://storify.com/FrankJAvery/hobnob-notyourdaddyscareerfair

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