Advocacy & Public Policy

The Orlando Economic Partnership Board of Directors is committed to supporting efforts that further our mission of broad-based prosperity for the Central Florida Region. Before and during the Florida Legislative Session, the Partnership's Advocacy and Public Policy Council, made up of Partnership investor companies, works closely with education, local government and industry trade association partners to drive home the importance of generating high-wage jobs throughout our region and the state. The Advocacy and Public Policy Council helps ensure that our Members of Congress and State Legislators understand the programs and funding mechanisms necessary to build and diversify Florida’s economy, creating a world-class business location.

The Process: With input from our local, regional and state partners, the Advocacy and Public Policy Council meets regularly to discuss and review potential issues and their impact on our region. A proposed Legislative Agenda is developed annually and sent to the Partnership Executive Committee. Once the agenda has been revised and approved by the Executive Committee, it is sent to the Partnership Board of Directors for final revisions and approval. After this, the Partnership and partners work to advance the agenda.

In addition to the ongoing advocacy for our region, the Partnership is training the next generation of elected leaders through the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute.  If you are interested in elected office, the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute is a unique, non-partisan, regional initiative designed to prepare and strengthen the next generation of elected leaders before they formally choose to run for a specific office.

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Sharon Smoley
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy