Partnership Postings - June 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008 9:30 am

Regional Transportation

Tallahassee “Fly In” participants delivered a message of unanimous consent in support of Commuter Rail to legislators March 11-12 and provided visible support at a press conference led by Representative Dean Cannon and Senate Majority Leader, Senator Daniel Webster.

Transportation Corridors “Task Force” Chair, John H. Bultema, III, and others returned to the State Capitol to meet one-on-one with legislators advancing support of Commuter Rail as an imperative for Central Florida.

At a press conference on May 5, 2008, local, state and national leaders vow that Commuter Rail is not dead. They will continue to work for resolution and approval of the project.

Transportation Corridors “Task Force” briefed by Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission, Orlando/Orange County Expressway Authority, and LYNX.

Regional Leadership

Redesign of the Leadership Orlando curriculum is underway to align with the Dashboard Goals
of the Central Florida Partnership.

Research is being conducted throughout Central Florida to determine the existence and success of Young Professionals Groups currently operating in the region. Preliminary design of a 2009 YP program to be offered by the Central Florida Partnership is being developed.

Regional Public Policy Advocacy

Communications for the Let Us Vote! Campaign in support of referendum to establish a district School Board Chair for Orange County Public Schools is on-going. To date, 60,000 signatures received, 45,000 submitted to Supervisor of Elections for verification.

Business advocacy trips to Tallahassee and Washington, D. C. completed in March and May delivered the Central Florida priority agenda to state and federal legislators.

Evaluation of inaugural Political Leadership Institute provides important feedback for implementation in second PLI. The Institute is geared toward emerging leaders who may one day consider elected public service.

Regional Research and Resolves

Congress of Regional Leaders, convening regularly by, addresses regional growth policies and practices necessary to implement the Regional Growth Vision, a product of the “How Shall We Grow?” initiative. The Regional Congress consists of the Chairs of the region’s seven county commissions as well as representation from municipalities and the Central Florida School Boards Coalition.

Board of Directors of reviews program of work for Phase III focused on five key initiatives: Regional Progress Report, Leadership Engagement, Environment, Transportation, and Homelessness.

Regional Entrepreneurship

First phase of Executive Search for a new Chamber President concludes with submission deadline of May 5, 2008. The applicant field includes nearly 100 resumes, 20% international and 20% from outside the state.

Central Florida Small Business Summit, September 26, 2008, Orlando World Center Marriott, includes headliners: Les Brown, Award-Winning Speaker and Best Selling Author; Michael Gerber, Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide, considered the “Guru of Small Business,” and Sheila Stewart, President of Empower Marketing, Inc.; Tony Rubleski, President, Mind Capture Group; and Alex Mandossian, Founder, Electronic Marketing Institute.

Application Process to retain the Orlando Regional Chamber’s “Five Star” Accreditation with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce was launched April 4, 2008. Submission is scheduled for December 31, 2008.

Entrepreneurial Diagnostics and Scan of resources/services available to the business economic sector nears completion. In conjunction with the Entrepreneur Center at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, the Central Florida Partnership will identify ways to build on successes and address gaps.

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