Fourteen Floridians were recently named to steering committee status for Gainesville’s new District 1 Business Council, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce announced, tasked with boosting economic opportunity and development, capital investment, growth and leadership.
“This council is the Chamber board’s contribution to an ongoing conversation about attracting new economic activity and opportunity to District 1,” Adrian Taylor, the Chamber’s VP of business development and operations, said. “Additionally, the Chamber also hopes the council’s existence will serve to raise awareness about businesses that are already operating in District 1.”
City of Gainesville District 1 Commissioner Charles Goston, who focuses on economic growth, stated that the appointments demonstrate “a unity of purpose” to guarantee that District 1 businesses maintain “a voice … at the table,” while Business Council co-chair Omar Oselimo noted the need to enhance the community’s awareness of Gainesville’s many business-friendly programs.
Steering committee members include co-chairs Goston and Oselimo, who owns Southern Charm Kitchen, Reggae Shack and the Twisted Peacock; Jack Ryals, director of Jackson Stoneworks; Jennifer Denault, COO of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation; Bill Dorman, GTEC director, and Kyle Gold, owner of Alter Ego Fitness.
Also appointed are Rodney Long, founder of African American Accountability Alliance; Karen McInerney of Community Waste Service Inc.; Kurt Morauer, president of Targeted Training Solutions; Mike Powell, owner of Mike Powell and Associates LLC; Scorpio Mosely, market manager for Humana MarketPOINT; Scott Schroeder, VP of operations for Liquid Creative Studio; McArthur Shelton, owner of Shelton Construction Co. and Shariq Siraj, president of StorterChilds Printing Co.
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