A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
March 17, 2020
COVID-19 Updates

  • President Donald Trump issued new guidelines to limit people's interactions in the wake of the COVID-19 virus to try to prevent the U.S. hospital system from becoming overwhelmed. The President recommended Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • City of Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe has declared a State of Pandemic Emergency to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the City of Gainesville, and to unlock federal funding and suspend certain procedural or procurement-related rules in order to stand-up emergency operations quickly. The City Commission also unanimously approved a motion including several measures, including requesting clarity from the Department of Health on the timing and availability of COVID-19 testing; restricting the operation of certain businesses, including restaurants, to table service with a maximum of 50 persons or 50% capacity, whichever is lower; and reaching out to the Panhellenic Council tosuspend St. Patrick's Day gatherings, following the action of the Republic of Ireland, which has closed its pubs and bars for two weeks. 
  • Alachua County Commission Chair Robert Hutchinson joined state government in declaring a General countywide State of Emergency this afternoon. The declaration provides County government with certain abilities that allow them to field the emergency in a more timely manner than is allowed by non-emergency procedures. The County is not recommending business closure at this time. View Chair Hutchinson's statement here.
  • The City of Gainesville will host a Telephone Town Hall about COVID-19 this Wednesday, March 18, at 6:45 p.m. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, members of the City of Gainesville Emergency Management Team and Community Health and Family Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Chacko will provide an update about the virus and field questions from callers. The event is open to everyone by phone regardless of district. Neighbors with landlines are encouraged to register in advance. You will receive a call back to be connected automatically at the time of the event. Cell phone users can dial in directly by calling 1-888-410-3427. 
  • We are tracking the contributions of local businesses to the greater relief effort. If your business is contributing in any way, let us know so we are able to share them with our community.

 All forthcoming Chamber events are postponed until further notice.

For more information, contact Steve Cannon at stevec@gainesvillechamber.com .
All forthcoming Chamber job fairs are postponed until further notice.

For more information, contact Andrea Mender at andrea@gainesvillechamber.com.
Hot Jobs through CareerSource NCFL

Each week, CareerSource North Central Florida staff members identify current Hot Jobs that employers are eager to fill.

If you’d like a vacant position to be included on this list, please call (352) 244-5112.   ...See this week's Hot Jobs
To apply for jobs listed:
  1. log on to www.employflorida.com
  2. Click on “Job Search” under “Quick Menu” on the left side of the page
  3. Select “Job Number Search” from the menu across the top of the page
  4. Enter the job number from the list above in the “job number” box
  5. Click on “search”
Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring UF Innovate’s Jim O’Connell postponed

Due to the concerns and necessary precautions of COVID-19, we are postponing March's Distinguished Speaker Luncheon until further notice.

For more information, contact Vicki Gervickas at vicki@gainesvillechamber.com.
Distinguished Speaker Event Sponsor
The Census
April 1 is Census Day

While many other events are postponed or cancelled, the 2020 US Census will still be available to take online. By completing the census, we can ensure that the right amount of money and efforts are allocated to Greater Gainesville.

Your Greater Gainesville Chamber is partnering with other organizations around the County to help ensure a complete Census Count this year. Watch for upcoming events—we’re Counting on You. And check out  countingonyou.us  for more information on local and national efforts. 
Cancelled Events:

All Florida Museum of Natural History events ( Museum closed until further notice)

Education Foundation's Night in the Big Apple
New Contracting Opportunity from Gainesville Housing Authority

The Gainesville Housing Authority is pleased to announce that it is now a member of the Housing Authority Marketplace. This is an exclusive procurement website that gives any contractor, supplier, accountant, services provider, etc., access to hundreds of RFP’s from HUD agencies. GHA is expanding and so are our contractual needs. We will be using the HA Marketplace for all our contractual relationships. If you are interested in having immediate access to not only RFP’s from GHA but also to access other PHA’s, please register at 
For additional questions please contact Kurt Morauer, GHA Procurement Officer, 352-872-5500 x 7121
Free Lazy Susan from Jackson Stoneworks
All members of the Gainesville are invited to visit Jackson Stoneworks precision automated granite, marble and quartz counter top factor and kitchen and bath design and selection center to receive a “Free Granite Lazy Susan” when you join or renew your membership in the Greater Gainesville Chamber.

 Join us in welcoming the following businesses who made the decision to join our Chamber in February 2020 and support our local business community.

The Up & Coming Show
Lucere Labs
Great Outdoors Restaurant
Division Of Blind Services
One Day Came Inc
Bartucci, Inc.
Florida Foundation for Future Scientists
Sculpture Hospitality of Gainesville
Palmetto & Pine
Arena Counseling and Wellness
Enso ''A Healthier Nail Boutique''
Design Print Graphics
Granville Plantation