By Anthony Clark | The Gainesville Sun
Susan Davenport was not looking to leave the Austin (Texas) Chamber of Commerce when Tim Giuliani called to recruit her to his management team. But she was intrigued by his vision for economic development as president and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. And the more she looked into what Gainesville had to offer, the more it piqued her interest.
What she found was a business community committed to capitalizing on existing strengths to become a hub for innovative companies, a Chamber with the structure to execute the business community's ideas, and a state focused on job creation.
“Then there's an underlying energy in a community that you can feel,” Davenport said. “It's a bit of an intangible in ways. And I felt that here.”
Davenport started eight weeks ago as vice president of economic development at the Gainesville Chamber and Council for Economic Outreach after serving several roles at the Austin Chamber, lastly as the senior vice president of global technology strategies.
“I had been there 12 years and loved growing programs,” she said.
In her various roles over the years, Davenport worked on business recruitment, started a business retention and expansion program, coordinated a regional tech startup program for the state and started a program for tech executives to support entrepreneurs.