The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions presents a new and unique design for civic dialog with its first Speed Date Your Local Leaders program on Dec. 3. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Clearwater Campus, Room ES-104. The event is free and open to the public, but participants are required to register in advance.
SPC’s policy institute is dedicated to elevating civic engagement through public forums that offer in-depth exploration of today’s critical issues. The Speed Date format gives community members a special way to connect with community leaders in an informal setting.
This is an opportunity to meet face to face with representatives from government, business, not-for-profit and education arenas. The leaders will rotate from table to table every seven minutes, offering each group of participants an opportunity to ask questions or offer ideas that might never have prompted a phone call, email or public testimony.
Eighteen local leaders have committed to participating. They are:
- Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos
- Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne
- Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter
- SPC Clearwater Provost Dr. Stan Vittetoe
- Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce President Bob Clifford
- TechData Director of Human Resources Marian Morlock
- Tampa Bay Business Journal Publisher Bridgette Bello
- JWB Director of Public Policy Debra Prewitt
- AARP Florida Associate State Director of Advocacy Laura Cantwell
- Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard
- Pinellas Education Foundation Vice President of Development Robin McGowan
- Pinellas Sports Commission Director Kevin Smith
- Platinum Bank Senior Executive Vice President James Ray
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium Chief Operating Officer Frank Dame
- Pinellas County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair John Morroni
- Pinellas County Board of Commissioners Member Janet Long
- Morton Plant Mease Hospital Foundation President & CEO Ernestine Bean
- Pinellas County Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. William Corbett.
Speed Date Your Local Leaders is modeled after a program by the same name offered by the Institute’s partner organization, The Village Square Tallahassee. And following the Tallahassee template, free pizza and soft drinks will be provided.