Economic Development News
Meet your 2020 Economic Development Committee
Gil Levy
Senior VP, Regional Community Relations of Vystar Credit Union & Chair of the Economic Development Committee
Gary Ascani
Director, Corporate Relations, Ology Bioservices, inc.
Stephanie C. Bailes
Executive Director, Cade Museum for Creativity & Innovation
Jerry Benton
CEO, Campus USA Credit Union
Aaron Bosshardt
President, Boddhardt Realty Services
Rick Cain
Senior VP, Gainesville Avision Young
Jennifer Denault
Marketing Director, Scorpio Corporation
Elizabeth Godwin
Economic Development Manager, Duke Energy
Erin Henderson
Assistant General manager, Gainesville Country Club
Joseph E. Lowry, Jr.
Lowry Financial Advisors, Inc.
Sean McIntosh
SVP Asset Management, Celebration Pointe Holdings
David Norton
VP, UF Research
Jim O'Connell
Asst. VP for Commercialization and Director of OTL
J. Parrish, Jr.
Broker, Owner, Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors
Brad Pollitt, AIA
VP, Facilities, UF Health Shands
COVID-19 Updates
If you're looking for reliable updates on the local, state and federal level regarding business in the time of COVID-19, we encourage you to subscribe to the Greater Gainesville Chamber's ejournal if you haven't already. You can sign up here.

Furthermore, we update three key pages with COVID-19 related information every day. Those pages are:
  • Community Updates - A one-stop location for updates impacting the community.
  • Business Updates - Our central repository for business updates during the pandemic.
  • Together - A page devoted to providing resources for providing and/or finding help in a time of need.
Rapid Fire Success Stories
OPPORTUNITY
Noachis Terra Inc. , a new biotechnology company that will focus its efforts on the development of a vaccine for COVID-19 announced in April that its headquarters will be located in Gainesville.
Interim President Gary Ascani said the company is working on proposals to public and private investors who to help develop a patent-pending technology that may be useful in creating a vaccine for COVID-19 as well as other strains of coronavirus.
The Foundation Park building has sold for $12M. This sale is the largest in Alachua County since 2015--the investor,  Avison Young was motivated to purchase by how impressed they were when they came into the Alachua area witnessed the biotech research being done.
Ology Bioservices Inc ., a biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), and Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc, developing DNA medicines for infectious diseases and cancer, announced today that the Department of Defense has awarded Ology Bioservices with a contract valued at $11.9 million to work with Inovio on DNA technology transfer to rapidly manufacture DNA vaccines. You can learn more here .
It was announced on February 21st that The InterMed Group, a Granite Bridge Partners company, on February 21st announced the acquisition of Sigma Imaging Technologies, a New Jersey-based provider of imaging system services. Established as an expert in MRI/CT/PET imaging technology. You can learn more here .
Alchem Laboratories Company , a contract research organization focused on process development and manufacturing of fine organic chemicals and drug substances, is expanding its screening and clinical trial capabilities.You can learn more here .
In summer 2020, a 42,000-square-foot FedEx distribution center is expected to open in northeast Gainesville. Learn more here
On February 25th it was announced that UF startup  Molecule , the leader in reinventing air purification, announced it closed $58 million in Series C funding, led by RPS Ventures with participation from Founders Circle Capital. Learn more here .
NBP Properties, LLC, an affiliate of NovaBone Products, purchased a 28,868-square-foot building located at 13510 U.S. Hwy. 441 in Alachua. The building was already in use for the company’s manufacturing operations; with this purchase, NovaBone has solidified its position as one of the region’s leading life science companies.
TALENT
Join the new PROPEL GNV Facebook group to showcase new job openings for your company/organizations and share news information about your business. Also, invite your friends, colleagues and family to help them connect to their next career or job. 

We are excited to launch this new Facebook group as a community initiative and help employers connect to talent in the Greater Gainesville region.  
The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce won a grant from Duke Energy which allowed for a showcase of high-paying jobs in the energy industry to local high schools. The participating schools were Eastside High, Gainesville High, Santa Fe High and Hawthorne High. On March 10th and March 12th the students toured San Felasco Tech City, Collective & Co. and Fracture as they learned about potential careers in energy. At the end of the tour, they participated in a competition that had the grand prize of two students attending
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Dr. Naima Brown, Vice President for Student Affairs at Santa Fe College , is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2020-21 class of the  Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship , a highly selected leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. You can learn more here .
PLACE
Together GNV is a response to the pandemic put together by the Greater Gainesville Chamber marketing and communications team dedicated to supporting regional businesses. This page provides resources for all the different ways one can provide support to those most impacted.
Support GNV is a site put together by the Greater Gainesville Chamber marketing and communications team to highlight remarkable examples of community support. If you see any stories missing be sure to reach out to shaw@gainesvillechamber.com. Shaw Adcock will get the stories posted right away.
Invest in COLLABORATE 2025 - Invest in Your Region!
COLLABORATE 2025 is still seeking investors interested in elevating this region and supporting our next 5-year strategy. Consider reaching out to Staci Bertrand to set up a meeting to discuss investment opportunities.

You can email her at staci@gainesvillechamber.com.
Join our COLLABORATE 2025 Action Teams!
The volunteers of COLLABORATE 2025 will work in three action teams under the guidance of the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Together, they will bring to reality the goals and aspirations of the strategy. The three action teams will each overlap with the three pillars of the strategy: Talent, Opportunity and Place. These teams will meet quarterly, and may contain within them sub-teams that carry out initiatives and projects to elevate the region for all current and future residents.
Thank you to our investors!