Using Free Money to Become a Better Professional: A Microgrant Story

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By John-Michael Gonzalez Have you heard about ACEL’s new microgrant program? It’s pretty great. I should know because I got the first one. In case you don’t know yet, ACEL offers up to $500 to young professionals who will use the money to fund professional-development opportunities. Applying was easy using the online form and reimbursement for […]

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Meet the Candidates!

Attendees at ACEL’s March Happy Hour mixer have an opportunity to meet and mingle with candidates running in the March 2015 Gainesville City Commission Election. Early voting has already begun, and will continue through until election day on March 17th! The candidates and a link to their responses is below: Gainesville City Commission District 1 Charles Edward Goston […]

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Microgrant FAQs

In January 2015, ACEL announced its new microgrant program, which offers Alachua County emerging leaders the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $500 to pursue their goals. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding this initiative. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please contact the Professional Development Chair. Q: […]

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Join ACEL for the Great Invader Raider Rally!

For many years, the City of Gainesville’s Parks Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department hosted the annual Great Air Potato Roundup, during which volunteers throughout the city would work to remove air potatoes—an invasive species not native to the area—from the city’s public spaces. These events proved successful: a large-enough dent has been made in the […]

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15 in ’15: How to Get More Involved This Year

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to make some changes! While you’re making your list of personal resolutions, be sure to add ACEL into the mix. We’ve got some exciting things planned this year, and if you’ve been on the fence about joining or getting more involved, now is the time to throw […]

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Highlights from ACEL’s 2014 Holiday Party

ACEL celebrated the holidays in style at Vellos Brickstreet Grill, where 40 members gathered to eat, drink, and be merry. Vellos served the food and drinks while the Social Committee provided the decorations and desserts. More photos available in ACEL’s Facebook album. In the spirit of giving, the Community Service Committee kicked off its clothing […]

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Meet the New ACELerator Editors!

Hopefully you noticed that you have not been receiving the ACELerator over the past few months. Our previous editor, Meagan McAllister, moved back to her native North Carolina to work for Bonterra Builders as Design Center Assistant. Though her quick departure made a smooth transition difficult, we’re back up and running with two new editors […]

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ACELebrate the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or the most stressful! Regardless of how you look at it, ACEL is here to help you get in the holiday spirit. Below is a list of festivals, performances, and other ways to make this holiday season a little more special than the last. The one event you […]

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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 […]

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

Media Contact: Frank Avery, [email protected] 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 […]

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