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Oct 11, 2015

New economic CEO plans to hone organization's mission

After rising through the chamber of commerce ranks for 14 years, Susan Davenport said she knew her next move would probably be to the top. She just didn't know whether that would be in Gainesville.

Two years after coming to the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce as vice president of economic development, Davenport was named president and CEO on Sept. 20 after four months in an interim role following Tim Giuliani's move to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Several factors persuaded her to come to Gainesville … she was “blown away” by the rich pool of assets to build around, not just UF but the nation's top-ranked community college in Santa Fe College and the No. 1 business incubator in the Sid Martin Biotech Incubator, as well as the energy building around announcements by Mindtree, Mobiquity and Nanotherapeutics to locate or expand here and Plum Creek's plans for eastern Alachua County.

Photo credit: Doug Finger, The Gainesville Sun, The Gainesville Sun, October 11, 2015. (Read entire article)

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