About The Chamber

ERIC GODET, SR. President & CEO

The Greater Gainesville Chamber is five-star accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a designation that places us in the top one percent of Chamber’s nationwide. The Chamber has more than 1,300 members who employ more than 80,000 people.

The Chamber’s vision is for Greater Gainesville to be a global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity. It strives to advance that vision via a mission to facilitate economic opportunity, business success and community progress.

The Chamber works daily to fulfill its mission via four lines of business: Business Development, Economic Development, Talent & Education and Public Policy.

Business Development

As Greater Gainesville region’s premier business network, the Chamber provides a multitude of opportunities–through benefits, initiatives and events–for companies to increase their exposure and success. From advocacy to networking, the Gainesville Area Chamber enhances the ability of its members to succeed here in the regional market, as well as across the globe.

Economic Development

The Gainesville Chamber’s Economic Development division (Council for Economic Outreach) is the designated economic development entity for the Greater Gainesville region. With the focus on creating jobs and strengthening our economy, CEO assists businesses by facilitating start-ups, expansion, and attraction in the region.

Talent & Education

A key Chamber focus is leveraging the Greater Gainesville region’s tremendous education assets-the state’s preeminent university, the nation’s No.1 community college and a K-12 school district ranked among the top six percent of Florida school districts. Via initiatives such as the Alachua County Education Compact, and under the leadership of the Talent & Education Committee, the Chamber leverages business engagement to facilitate the transformation of career and education opportunities available to Alachua students.

Public Policy

A key goal of the Chamber is to create and maintain an ecosystem that fosters economic growth and opportunity. The Chamber does this by creating initiatives and forging partnerships focused on advocacy for a stronger business climate. The Chamber represents the interests of the business community on city, county, regional and state levels.