Partnership Postings - September 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Central Florida Partnership is moving "Ideas to Results", advancing key strategies on behalf of the Central Florida Region. Take a look at how the Central Florida Partnership is leading our region with concrete action during the last 45 days resulting in positive forward momentum.

Regional Leadership

Executive Briefings on the work of the Central Florida Partnership were held with 200 community leaders in Volusia, Lake and Orange Counties at the invitation of supporters like the Daytona International Speedway, Disney Vacation Club, and Commerce Park Investments.

Leadership Orlando builds one of its largest community leadership classes ever – 90 participants – scheduled to begin October 1-2, 2008.

Public Policy Advocacy

Let Us Vote! celebrates agreement by the Orange County School Board placing the issue of a Direct-Elected School Board Chair on the November ballot.

A "Rally for the Community" is hosted by the Central Florida Partnership to explore next steps and expand support of the School Board Chair referendum scheduled for the November 2008 election.

BusinessForce advances the support of its pro-business endorsed candidates facing opponents in the August 26 primary election.

BusinessForce Insider’s Briefing features U. S. Congressman Tom Feeney who took aim at congressional inaction to address the nation's energy needs.

Regional Research and Resolves

Central Florida Partnership announces the appointment of Shelley Lauten as President of, who will guide the Phase III Scope of Work.

Central Florida Partnership to provide regional perspective at Brevard County Space Forum.

Shelley Lauten tapped as a facilitator for Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida’s first-ever statewide Water Congress. 120 diverse voting delegates from public, private and civic sectors convene in Orlando to find consensus on specific actions to create a sustainable water future for the state. Board of Directors works on "Regional Progress Report," to be completed Summer 2009, documenting progress on region’s six key priorities, comparing Central Florida to other globally competitive regions, and presenting funding alternatives on how to move priorities forward.

Regional Entrepreneurship

Central Florida Partnership names Leslie Hielema as President of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, beginning November 3, 2008.

Entrepreneurial "Think Tank" reports its findings and recommendations that will be part of the agenda for the Small Business Summit, September 26, 2008.

Small Business Summit gains momentum in participation, booth sales, and distinguished faculty.

Regional Transportation

As part of its Long Term Objective – "to Create a Stable and Adequate Funding and Organization Base for a Multi-modal Transportation Corridor System," the Central Florida Transportation Corridors "Task Force" recommended that Orange County, and other Counties serviced by LYNX, enact the Local Option Gas Tax, by exercising a "Super Majority Vote" of the County Commission, making available new funds for LYNX.

Central Florida Leaders express support of the Governor’s Accelerate Florida program to complete public construction projects that have already received funding approval totaling nearly $30 billion. The Central Florida Partnership advanced Central Florida Commuter Rail for inclusion on the project list.

Central Florida Partnership publishes OpEd in Orlando Sentinel supporting Central Florida Commuter Rail as part of Governor Crist’s Accelerate Florida.

U. S. Congressman John Mica announces at press conference in Orlando that Central Florida Commuter Rail has received federal approval to enter Final Design phase. Final Design means that Commuter Rail will get its own dedicated funding request in the next president’s budget.

An important component of a multi-modal transportation network, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority provides airport update to members of the Central Florida Transportation Corridors Task Force.

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