strengthening the next generation of public leaders

Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow

The Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI) is a program that was developed by business leaders in Central Florida and is managed through the Orlando Economic Partnership. This unique nonpartisan, regional initiative was designed to prepare and strengthen the next generation of public leaders before they formally choose to run for an office or seek an appointment to a government board or commission.

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when applications for the next session will open up.

Mark R Mills

“PLI is one of most unique and successful public leadership programs of its kind anywhere in the nation. Since its inception in 2008, 29 leaders have emerged to serve in elected office…”

– Mark R. Mills

President, Mills Strategic Communications, Inc.,

Why Central FLorida Political Leadership Institute

Powerful Connections

PLI is a six-month program that features a mandatory two-day political leadership school, four ongoing classes, important networking opportunities and a final mandatory one-day class that concludes with a graduation. It features local, state and national speakers who share their invaluable expertise on campaigning for office or an appointment and leading once elected.

Exclusive Participation

A limited number of emerging leaders from throughout the Central Florida business community are given the opportunity to participate in this ground-breaking program. Participants are selected based on the strength of their applications and personal interviews with a screening committee.

Participants represent a diverse range of business experience, backgrounds and community involvement. In order to be selected for PLI, applicants must not be a declared candidate .

PLI Sponsors

AdventHealth

AdventHealth

Company: AdventHealth

Industry: Health and Wellness

Key Contact: Shannon Gravitte – VP, Public Affairs Central Region

Phone: (407) 357-1000

Address: 550 E. Rollins Street Orlando, FL 32803

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Charter Communications (Spectrum)

Charter Communications (Spectrum)

Company: Charter Communications (Spectrum)

Industry: Telecommunications

Key Contact: Marva Johnson – Regional Vice President, State Government Affairs

Phone: (407) 210-3188

Address: 2251 Lucien Way, Suite 320 Maitland, FL 32751

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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CNL Financial Group

CNL Financial Group

Company: CNL Financial Group

Industry: Real Estate

Key Contact: Stephen Mauldin – Group President, Real Estate Investments

Phone: (407) 650-1000

Address: 420 S. Orange Ave., Suite 950 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Florida Blue

Florida Blue

Company: Florida Blue

Industry: Accounting, Finance and Insurance

Key Contact: Tony Jenkins – Market President, Central Florida

Phone: (407) 833-7773

Address: 610 Crescent Executive Court Suite 600 Lake Mary, FL 32746

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Full Sail University

Full Sail University

Company: Full Sail University

Industry: Education

Key Contact: Ed Haddock – Co-Chairman/CEO

Phone: (407) 679-0100

Address: 3300 University Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Company: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Industry: Aerospace and Aviation

Key Contact: Allison Rivera – Community Relations Manager

Phone: (407) 356-1000

Address: 5600 Sand Lake Road MP 100 Orlando, FL 32819

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Massey Services, Inc.

Massey Services, Inc.

Company: Massey Services, Inc.

Industry: Other Services

Key Contact: Tony Massey – President

Phone: (407) 645-2500

Address: 315 Groveland St. Orlando, FL 32804

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Orlando Health

Orlando Health

Company: Orlando Health

Industry: Health and Wellness

Key Contact: Andy Gardiner – Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Community Relations

Phone: (321) 843-7000

Address: 301 E. Pine Street, Suite 900 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic

Company: Orlando Magic

Industry: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

Key Contact: Jim Fritz – Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (407) 916-2400

Address: 400 W. Church St. Suite 250 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Company: Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Industry: Associations and Organizations

Key Contact: Cliff Long – CEO

Phone: (407) 253-3580

Address: 1330 Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Director

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OUC – The Reliable One

OUC – The Reliable One

Company: OUC – The Reliable One

Industry: Energy

Key Contact: Linda Ferrone – Chief Customer Officer

Phone: (407) 423-9100

Address: 100 W. Anderson St., P.O. Box 3193 Orlando, FL 32802

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Tavistock Group

Tavistock Group

Company: Tavistock Group

Industry: Real Estate

Key Contact: Rasesh Thakkar – Senior Managing Director

Phone: (407) 909-9000

Address: 9350 Conroy Windermere Rd. Windermere, FL 34786

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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TECO Peoples Gas Company

TECO Peoples Gas Company

Company: TECO Peoples Gas Company

Industry: Energy

Key Contact: Josh Wyche – Regional Manager, External Affairs – Central Florida

Phone: (813) 228-4104

Address: 600 W. Robinson St. Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Director

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Travel + Leisure Co.

Travel + Leisure Co.

Company: Travel + Leisure Co.

Industry: Accommodation

Key Contact: Kim Marshall – Chief Human Resources Officer

Phone: (407) 626-5200

Address: 6277 Sea Harbor Drive Orlando, FL 32821

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Truist

Truist

Company: Truist

Industry: Accounting, Finance and Insurance

Key Contact: Sandy Hostetter – Central Florida Regional President

Phone: (407) 237-5778

Address: 200 S. Orange Ave. MC 1061 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

Company: Universal Orlando Resort

Industry: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

Key Contact: Tracey Stockwell – EVP/CFO

Phone: (407) 363-8000

Address: 1000 Universal Studios Plaza B110/3 Orlando, FL 32819

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Company: University of Central Florida

Industry: Education

Key Contact: Fred Kittinger, Jr. – Senior Associate Vice President, University Relations

Phone: (407) 823-2000

Address: P.O. Box 160040 Orlando, FL 32816-0040

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Company: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Industry: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

Key Contact: Adam Babington – VP, External Affairs

Phone: (407) 828-2474

Address: P.O. Box 10000 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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PLI Graduates

Graduates are contributing through service on government boards and commissions or impacting public policy and politics.

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Elected PLI Alumni

Since its inception in 2008, 29 graduates from the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute have served in public office in our region.

Nonpartisan, Unbiased Curriculum

Typically, campaign schools are operated by political parties and are designed for declared candidates and current officeholders. PLI takes a truly innovative approach by offering a nonpartisan program to better equip business and civic leaders who have expressed an interest in becoming political candidates and government leaders. It exposes prospective elected or appointed leaders to the political process, regardless of their political affiliation.

Many new faces are entering the political arena without a track record or knowledge of how to run a successful campaign. They are turning to business leaders for support and an orientation on critical regional issues. PLI was designed to address these concerns, while identifying and encouraging new leaders, within the Central Florida region, who may emerge outside of the normal political party channels.

Your Political Career Starts Here

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to wage a winning campaign and become a successful elected or appointed official, PLI can provide you with the comprehensive skills, resources and connections you need to launch your political career.

For more information about the program, contact pli@orlando.org.

ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY STAFF

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To learn more about the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute or the Partnership’s advocacy and public policy efforts, please contact Christine Aponte.

Sharon Smoley

Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy

Rachael Kobb

Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Policy

Christine Aponte

Advocacy & Public Policy

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