Public Affairs

Supporting efforts that further
broad-based prosperity

Championing Regional Priorities

Before and during the Florida Legislative Session, the Partnership 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.

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    Workforce Development

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    Funding for Central Florida Initiatives

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    Affordable Housing

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    Economic Development Issues


Policy Council

The 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.

With input from our local, regional and state partners, the 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.


“Our legislative agenda is critical to the continued success of the Orlando region’s economy. Our legislative focus is to champion initiatives that effectively increase access, mobility and broad-based prosperity….”

– Tim Giuliani

President and CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership

Aligning and educating regional leaders

Public Affairs Programs

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. It also prioritizes transportation and aligns with regional transportation leaders.

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Central Florida Political Leadership Institute

If you are interested in elected office, the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute is a unique, nonpartisan, 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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Prioritizing Transportation

The Partnership supports private and public projects that help to build more vibrant and sustainable communities, contribute to our global competitiveness, create high wage jobs and increase prosperity for all families living, working and learning in the Orlando region.

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Policy Council

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Linda Landman Gonzalez
VP, Community Relations & Government Affairs
Orlando Magic

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Adam Babington
VP, External Affairs
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

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Courtney Barnard
State & Local Government Affairs Public Policy, Law & Security
Verizon Orlando

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Wendy Brandon
CEO, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center
HCA Healthcare – UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

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Kari Conley
Director , Community Relations
Duke Energy

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Glenton Gilzean
Central Florida Urban League

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Tim Giuliani
President & CEO
Orlando Economic Partnership

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Frank Goeckel
SVP, Strategy, Integration and Acquisitions
Travel + Leisure Co.

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Elisha González
Vice President, Community Relations & Government Affairs, ED Fairwinds Foundation
Fairwinds Credit Union

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Shannon Gravitte
Vice President, Public Affairs Central Region

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Amanda Grimmer
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Darden Restaurants, Inc.

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Tony Jenkins
Market President, Central Florida
Florida Blue

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Chadwick Loar
Regional President – West and Central Florida

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Cliff Long
Orlando Regional Realtor Association

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Georgia Lorenz
Seminole State College of Florida

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John McReynolds
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Universal Orlando Resort

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Sharon Smoley
Central Florida Public Affairs

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Michelle Strenth
Director, Government Relations
Orlando Health

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Rasesh Thakkar
Senior Managing Director
Tavistock Group

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Josh Wyche
Regional Manager, External Affairs – Central Florida
TECO Peoples Gas Company

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Connect With Us

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

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Jordan DeWitt

Associate Director, Public Affairs & Communications

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