Ocala IT Professionals Partners with CEP

Posted on: September 30, 2014

Ocala IT Professionals Partners with CEP

Ocala I.T. Professionals, a networking group for technology professionals throughout the region, has come under the umbrella of the Chamber & Economic Partnership.  Began in February of this year on the website Meetup.com, the group has a total of 64 members including programmers, technicians, support staff, management, and additional specialties from across the technology field. Some members are employed at local companies and small businesses, while others work from home.

Andrew Comeau, a database developer and technology advocate, founded and currently co-leads the group. “While we have people throughout the community working with technology, a group did not exist before ours to connect them to one another,” said Comeau. “The Ocala IT Professionals is a networking forum for technology experts and enthusiasts, a link between the I.T. and business communities, and a hub for other spin-off groups focused on specific technologies. Two such spin-offs are Ocala Ruby, a Ruby on Rails programming group with 24 members, and the Ocala Online Marketing Workshop with 39 members.”

Ocala IT Professionals is currently free to join, and members are not required to be CEP Partners. Meetings are held twice per month, and include both casual networking at local restaurants as well as formal presentation meetings held at the Power Plant Business Incubator downtown. A schedule of future meetings can be found at www.OcalaITPros.com

“We are excited to have Ocala IT Professionals come under our umbrella,” said Kevin Sheilley, CEP President & CEO. “Technology is becoming a rapidly-growing part of our economy here in Ocala/Marion County. We look forward to the continued synergy this group can provide to the local I.T. community, and our staff are dedicated to being a partner and resource to them each step the way.”

For more information on the Ocala IT Professionals, contact Andrew Comeau at acomeau@OcalaITPros.com or visit www.OcalaITPros.com. For more information on the Business Creation efforts of the CEP, or the Power Plant Business Incubator, contact Ryan Lilly at Ryan@OcalaCEP.com or 352-629-8051 x 125.

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