Innovation and beyond

President & CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tim Giuliani

President and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tim Giuliani on a CSX railroad track along US 301, which runs parallel to property belonging to Plum Creek north of Hawthorne.

Erica Brough / Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce banquet held each January is often a celebratory affair with fine dining, entertainment and speeches that briefly touch on the accomplishments of the past year and goals for the year ahead.

When the update to Innovation Gainesville is unveiled at the 2014 event, the mood may be light but the intent will be serious.

Tim Giuliani sees the growing global economy producing winners and losers. Innovation Gainesville is the playbook to make sure the region is among the winners.

As president and CEO of the Chamber, he will have his finger in a number of projects in the coming year that could change the landscape of the area for years to come, from the continued development of Innovation Square and new economic opportunities on the east side of the county, as well as efforts to influence public policy on issues from a transportation tax to energy costs. He says the Chamber will adjust internally to better respond to a changing economic landscape.

“To seize on Innovation Square, what could happen in Depot Park, Plum Creek, the expansion opportunities in Alachua, we need an organization that can deliver on those opportunities,” he says.

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