Member Spotlight: Carly Hublou

If you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a Gator football game -- how they get the stats from the field onto the scoreboard, or why it takes so long to upload those gameday selfies during half-time -- then you will be thrilled to meet Carly Hublou. Carly works for the University Athletic Association (a.k.a., The Gators) and serves as Director-At-Large for ACEL and the Editor in Chief of the ACELerator newsletter.

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Drawing Through Alachua

On February 26, UF Health’s Arts in Medicine program held 352 Creates, a community-wide pop-up art event that showcased the talent and creativity of Alachua County's residents. Over 50 organizations participated in the celebration, which encouraged people to incorporate art into their day.

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ACEL Microgrants Spotlight: Public Leadership Institute

If you’ve ever looked around at local, state, or national politics and thought, “I have what it takes to lead in public policy,” you’re not alone. The folks behind the Public Leadership Institute saw the same opportunity and launched a 10-session course, including a full two-day retreat, to empower aspiring leaders with the tools to run, influence, or engage with elected, appointed, and staff government leaders.

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Member Spotlight: Natalie Claggett

ACEL's Member Spotlight is a chance for you to meet our members. Throughout the year, Director at Large Kevin Hublou sits down with members of our organization to get to know them and give them a chance to tell their story to our community. Interested in having the spotlight on you? Email Kevin at!

This Spotlight focuses on Natalie Claggett, Social Committee Chair.

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New Year's Resolution: Personal Finance Checkup

It's everyone's favorite topic: personal finance.

Oh, that's not your favorite thing to talk about?

In that case, the new year is a great time to reevaluate your financial situation and set goals for the coming year. You get annual medical checkups; why not also treat yourself to a yearly financial checkup? Here are a few, basic tips to get you started.

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ACEL Happy Hour: Candidate Meet & Greet

Attendees at ACEL’s October Happy Hour mixer have an opportunity to meet and mingle with candidates running in the November 2014 Gainesville General Election.  To help inform our community about the candidates, ACEL’s Public Policy Committee asked each one a series of questions about  issues important to Gainesville’s young professionals.  You can read the responses to those after the jump.

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ACEL Completes Grassroots Campaign, Installs First Public Bike Pumps in Downtown

Media Contact: Frank Avery,


Gainesville, Fla. – Alachua County Emerging Leaders (ACEL) is proud to announce the installation of two new bicycle pumps in downtown Gainesville. The pumps were unveiled today at the Sun Center at 11:00 a.m during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Gainesville Cycling Club, the City of Gainesville, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The new bicycle pumps are located near two new bike racks in downtown. One is in the Sun Center directly across from Boca Fiesta and the other is on 1st Avenue and Main Street. The bike pumps were installed after a year of collaboration between ACEL, the biking community, the City of Gainesville, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, downtown business leaders, local nonprofits, and private business.


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