“Local businesses have pledged $6 million to the Council for Economic Outreach’s five-year plan to help create 3,500 new jobs and $250 million in capital investments.

Council volunteer Kevin Monroe of Cox Communications offered a champagne toast Wednesday during the CEO’s Investor Luncheon at Mark’s Prime Steakhouse after 59 businesses contributed to the fundraising goal that doubled the last fundraiser in 2010.

Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and the council, said a more ambitious goal was needed for the Transforming Greater Gainesville plan to build on momentum and make opportunities a reality.”

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