Tim Giuliani: Loving this vibrant town


Tim Giuliani, 31, has been president and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Council for Economic Outreach since August, but this is his second time here — he spent two years here previously. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children: Tyler, 6, John Parker, 2, and Analeigh, 9 months. Photographed at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. (Suzanna Mars)

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.

This new feature tells the story of the particular pleasures of life in Gainesville through the experiences of our residents.

When I describe Gainesville I mention first:

The vibrancy and culture of an emerging city that is very exciting for young people with more good sports, nature, arts and other entertainment options than any comparable city.

My favorite place to take a walk:

The Haile Village area in Haile Plantation. (It's a ) great mix of nature, local small businesses and walkable streets.

When I have visitors I like to show them:

Our thriving downtown and my two favorite local restaurants, Emiliano's and Adam's Rib.

A perfect Saturday morning includes:

Breakfast at Sisters in Haile Village and then attending or coaching my son's sports games.

A perfect weekend includes:

Getting outside during the day to enjoy one of the many outdoors options we have in the area and then catching a Gators baseball game — my wife bought me seasons tickets for this upcoming season, so you know where we will be.

What I like most about my neighborhood:

So many young professionals with kids that love to play outside after school, just like my wife and I did when we were growing up. The world is a different place now, but Gainesville has so many neighborhoods where kids playing outside is the norm, which we love.

A great Gainesville resource is:

The Harn Museum is a world-class resource in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza that we take advantage of. This is a great example of Gainesville's arts and cultural assets.

A hidden gem in Gainesville is:

Bert Gill's new restaurant on SW 13th, Blue Gill Quality Food. They serve fresh, local organic food that is outstanding, they have a nice bar and it is a great place for lunch or dinner. Once people realize he has free parking, this place will be jammed.

A favorite book I've read recently:

“The Coming Jobs War,” by Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research. If you are interested to know why I am passionate about our local economy, job creation and Innovation Gainesville, this book succinctly outlines the global economic challenges we face and what our best hope is. (Hint: we are really onto something with our region-wide Innovation Gainesville initiative).

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