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Looking Ahead - Congress of Regional Leaders

Monday, March 26, 2012 11:00 am

Previously in EveryMonday, the Central Florida Partnership announced its Key Leadership Roles for 2012, including The Honorable Sam Johnson, Polk County Commission, who now serves as 2012-2013 Chair, Central Florida Congress of Regional Leaders.

"As Chair of the Congress of Regional Leaders, I would really like for us to remain focused on issues such as the Regional Water Strategy, implementing the recommendations of 'Open for Business,' and advancing the principles of 'How Shall We Grow' (Countryside, Conservation, Corridors, and Centers) along with transportation, education, and other regional issues that may arise," said Johnson.

The Central Florida Congress of Regional Leaders was created by myregion.org, a "Line of Business" of the Central Florida Partnership. It is made up of elected leaders from across the Central Florida Region dedicated to developing shared regional policies that implement the Regional Growth Vision. The Congress of Regional Leaders includes County Commissioners and elected City Officials, along with Members of the Central Florida School Board Coalition.

"The Congress, representing 7 counties, school boards and 86 cities, is an excellent vehicle to provide an ongoing dialogue. As elected and/or appointed officials, we can take immediate local action on regional issues," he continued. "Too many times our cities, counties and school boards get so immersed in daily concerns, routines and deadlines that we make decisions that may or may not be in the best interest of the entire region."

At its February meeting, the Congress of Regional Leaders received a briefing on The Florida Eight, a strategic statewide initiative recently launched by Workforce Florida, Inc., and considered possible next steps for "Open for Business," a coalition of Central Florida business associations, established to address the region's economic recovery by focusing first on identifying economic and regulatory barriers. This broad-based coalition represents thousands of employers in the eight-county Central Florida service footprint made up of Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties. Also included on the agenda were a review of recommendations on the Central Florida Regional Water Strategy and an update on the Central Florida Water Initiative.

"Through the Congress, we can continue to drive home the importance of the Central Florida Region and regional goals allowing each of us to contribute to the overall success of the region. As members of the Congress, we do this by implementing local decisions that are consistent with regional goals, strengthening the region and ensuring that we create a better tomorrow for our children."

Commissioner Sam Johnson was elected to the Polk County Board of County Commissioners in 2004, and represents the Northwest portion of the County (District 5), currently serving as Chairman. Prior to serving as County Commissioner, he was a school administrator. He is a member of the myregion.org Executive Board of Advisors, and serves on several Boards of Directors including the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), Central Florida Development Council, and Lakeland Area Mass Transit District.

Click here for a current listing of the Central Florida Congress of Regional Leaders.

Central Florida Partnership - Ideas to Results
The Central Florida Partnership is a collaborative of business and civic leaders committed to procuring a better tomorrow for Central Florida's seven counties - Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia. We are thoughtful leaders united by a single, guiding principle - that we have both the power and the responsibility to make change happen.

Working together, through four lines of business – Orlando, Inc. (Regional Entrepreneurship), BusinessForce (Regional Public Policy Advocacy), myregion.org (Regional Research & Resolves) and Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership) – the Central Florida Partnership is moving "Ideas to Results."

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