Words from our Business Community

““Career Discoveries 2015 inspired more than 50 families to learn more about career opportunities in specific industries. Helping students strengthen their career opportunities through a strategic approach to education aligns with the Chamber’s vision to make Gainesville a global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity.”

Susan Davenport, President, and CEO of Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Council for Economic Outreach

“Technology is the way of the future. Learning a programming language is like learning a foreign language — it increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind and the best part it can lead to a lucrative career. Learn to code/program no matter what your other interests — it will change your future.

Duncan Kabinu, Co-Founder of the Gainesville Dev Academy

““Career Discoveries represents a great collaboration between the chamber, higher education, the K-12 public school system, and private sector business partners. This combined approach ensures students will have access to the best information possible about the many interesting, high-paying, career opportunities just ahead within our community,”

Dug Jones, Associate Vice President, Economic Development for Santa Fe College and Chair of the Chamber’s Talent Alignment and Education Committee.

“Career Discoveries is an opportunity for young people and their families to explore the dynamic and diverse career opportunities that exist right here in our community in areas they may not even know exist.

Dr. Elio Chiarelli, Kidder Advisor, LLC.

“An event like this one is exactly what the youth of our region needs to gather information about career opportunities and excel in today’s work force in innovative ways.

Ian Fletcher, Vice President of Education and Talent Alignment with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce