Gainesville Mayor Tapped to Participate in the Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy has been selected to participate in the Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation (ACE) from Sunday, April 19 to Friday, April 24. Sponsored by the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) through the Organization of the American States and the United States government, the program invites key leaders and decision makers to experience firsthand successful projects and experiences in the Midwest U.S. States of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

“I am honored to represent Gainesville through my participation in this significant opportunity to establish long-term global/regional partnerships,” said Mayor Braddy, “and to see other successful, innovative and entrepreneurial-based ecosystems that could possibly be replicated in our community.” Mayor Braddy was chosen to participate out of a pool of more than 100 highly-qualified applicants with backgrounds as competitiveness and economic development leaders of the Americas.

The six-day tour will showcase advanced technology and innovation centers, public private partnerships and strategic investments in manufacturing, medical devices, water, agriculture, energy and information/communication technology in the cities of Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota; LaCrosse, Viroqua, Gays Mills, Cashton, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois.

For more information about the Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation (ACE) or the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), visit their website at: