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Chief economist for Vistage International Brian Beaulieu addresses chamber members. city law expanding the number of people who can be served at food distribution centers and supported the state bill that allowed Santa Fe students to ride RTS buses for free. Last year, as part of the Business Community Coalition, the chamber also formed the first Public Leadership Institute – a free, non-partisan program for local professionals who are interested in public leadership. Plotting the Course Empowering local leadership has been key to sustaining business in 2011. While Gainesville continues to recover – our economy grew nearly 3 percent in 2010 – businesses work to overcome remaining uncertainty. The chamber hosted workshops and lunches throughout the year that provided tools and guidance for the future. The chamber also brought in renowned economist Brian Beaulieu to discuss Gainesville’s economic future with members. Beaulieu, whose economic forecasting company has a 96 percent homemagazinegainesville.com

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