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Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department announces the highly anticipated 2016 “Free Fridays” season concert schedule. The public is invited to join us for our annual series of free, family-friendly concerts at the newly-renovated Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.

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The Office of Equal Opportunity is hosting a Small Business Workshop Wednesday, May 4 from 3-5 p.m. at the Thelma Boltin Center. Please click here for additional information.
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The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Lyons to the position of Gainesville City Manager. Lyons succeeds former City Manager Russ Blackburn in the position, who resigned in November 2015. Since Blackburn's resignation, Lyons has served as the city's interim City Manager.

The City of Gainesville will celebrate National Bike Month with a Bike Month Kickoff Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m. and a Ride with the Mayor and Commish Saturday, May 7 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Bike Month Kickoff will take place Friday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. Free bike valet parking will be provided to make it easier for attendees to travel to the event by bicycle. At 5:30 p.m., the mayor will officially open National Bike Month, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the new Gainesville bike share system. A raffle will be held to give away several free annual memberships to the bike share program. 

The launch of the bike share system will include two stations – one at Bo Diddley Plaza and one on the Sixth Street Trail near Innovation Square. Each station will include eight bicycles that will be available for rental on an hourly basis – with discounts provided to weekly, monthly or annual members. The City Commission allocated funding for the pilot program in fiscal year 2016, and Zagster ( was selected to provide bike share services to Gainesville. Zagster has systems at many universities and mid-sized cities around the country, including a program launched in December in Lakeland, Florida. The primary goal of public bike sharing is to expand and integrate cycling into existing transportation systems, so that it can be readily used by visitors and citizens for daily commuting or recreational rides, but also for convenient shopping and entertainment trips. 

On the morning of Saturday, May 7, the public is invited to join the mayor, city commissioners and other local leaders to highlight the benefits of cycling and the coordinated efforts of the city, county, university and local developers to create a continuous urban trail system. The 5.5-mile ride will begin at 9 a.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza, located at 111 E. University Ave. The ride will showcase the Depot Trail, the new Cross Campus Greenway through the University of Florida campus and a portion of the Archer Braid Trail. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Cross Campus Greenway will take place at 10 a.m. at the Bartram-Carr Conservation Area, near Newell Drive, on the UF campus. The ride will end at the construction site of the new 30th Avenue Bridge, which will provide an additional crossing point over the interstate for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The detailed bike route with highlighted points of interest can be viewed at

Throughout May, the community will host many rides and events organized by the Gainesville Cycling Club, the Active Streets Alliance, local bicycle shops and others.

For additional information about the Bike Month Kickoff, the Ride with the Mayor and Commish and a calendar of other events, please visit

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The City of Gainesville has partnered with CareerSource North Central Florida to host a job fair Tuesday, April 26. The job fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at CareerSource North Central Florida, which is located at 10 NW Sixth St. This event features various departments and agencies from the City of Gainesville looking to hire including RTS, GRU and public safety agencies. The event is also open to local businesses interested in hiring. The job fair is open to the public, and is free for employers and job seekers.

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The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) bestowed the organization’s highest honor upon City of Gainesville Interim Administrative Services Director Betty Baker during its national convention held April 13-17 in Portland, Oregon.

The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic. The April 21-May 4 edition is now available.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce that Caravan of Thieves will perform at the Jewel Box Concert at the Historic Thomas Center, Sunday, May 1. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online before the event for $18 (credit cards only) at or $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

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The Gainesville City Commission is selecting the city’s new city manager next week. Colin Baenziger, the executive search consultant, recommended 10 candidates to the City Commission at the April 7 City Commission meeting. The City Commission narrowed the field to six candidates who have been invited for in-person interviews. The six finalists are:

  • Kevin Cowper, Assistant City Manager, Auburn, Alabama
  • Anthony Lyons, Interim City Manager, Gainesville, Florida
  • J.J. Murphy, City Manager, Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Anthony O’Rourke, City Manager, Yakima, Washington
  • Patrick Salerno, past City Manager, Coral Gables, Florida
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