Leadership Gainesville

Leadership Gainesville is a program designed to develop and motivate a source of creative, well-informed, civic minded individuals who are willing to devote time and energy toward assuming leadership roles in community service organizations and in all kinds of local government. Through a series of monthly workshops and tours, emphasis is placed on exposing the participants to the realities, opportunities, and pertinent issues of the Gainesville area.

Leadership Gainesville is a nine month training experience for 15 community leaders who represent all aspects of the community: business/volunteer, profit/non-profit, male/female, management/labor, etc.

During this program you will:
1.     Explore everything that makes Gainesville unique such as Education, Healthcare, Government, Agriculture, Economic Development, Manufacturing, and Human Services.
2.     Network across Gainesville in order to bring people together for positive accomplishments.
3.     Develop leadership skills.
4.     Cultivate volunteer service in the community.

A requirement of the Leadership Gainesville Program is the completion of a Class Project. The participants together see a need and fill a need within the Gainesville community.

For example, one Leadership Gainesville class took it upon themselves to assist with collecting information of all the past Leadership Gainesville participants (for historical purposes). It was a huge asset to us here at the Chamber and a project that will be useful for years to come.

Whatever the class decides to do, they have to plan and execute their project together and we at the Chamber assist with information and resources as needed. More information will be given to participants at the first class – the Meet & Greet Social.

Leadership Gainesville is designed to be a learning experience and requires attendance at the orientation and monthly meetings, which are full day sessions over a nine-month period. Each participant will be expected to maintain an attendance record in accordance with the Leadership Gainesville By‐Laws, which read as follows:

“Any participant missing more than two sessions, or any portion thereof, shall be dropped from the program without refund. Participant attendance is mandatory.”

A certificate will be awarded for the successful completion of the program.

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Gainesville Program

2021 - 2022 Schedule

  • Thursday, September 9 Meet & Greet Social
  • Wednesday, October 13 Municipal Government Day
  • Wednesday, November 10 Agriculture Day
  • Wednesday & Thursday, December 8 - 9 State Government Trip to Austin, TX
  • Wednesday, January 12 County Government Day
  • Wednesday, February 9 Education Day
  • Wednesday, March 9 History, Arts & Culture Day
  • Wednesday, April 13 Business & Industry Day
  • Wednesday, May 11 Healthcare Day + Graduation