Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will join Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor on a panel exploring issues of concern to veterans at the second annual New Ideas Conference with Honorary Host Congressman David Jolly on April 8 at St. Petersburg College (SPC).
Joining the congressmen on the panel – entitled “Veterans’ Welfare: Why Can’t We get It Right? – will be Ret. U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones, Chief Operating Officer of the national nonprofit organization Boot Campaign, and Ret. U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Gary Littrell, Medal of Honor recipient.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N, in the Digitorium, Room UP 160. The conference is presented by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS), and sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks, Jabil, and Alakai Defense Systems. The event is open to the public and admission is free, but seating is limited. Registration is required at: http://solutions.spcollege.edu.
“This is a great opportunity for our community to come together with national, state and local leaders to discuss, in a non-political and non-partisan forum, some of the most pressing issues facing our country today,” said Congressman Jolly (FL-13). “It’s this type of open dialogue and consensus building that can lead to real solutions.”
Rep. Miller, who represents the First Congressional District in Florida’s Panhandle, and Rep. Bilirakis, who represents District 12 and serves as vice chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, are among a dozen national, state and local leaders who will discuss and offer innovative solutions to some of the most pressing policy issues facing the United States and Pinellas County. In addition to Veterans’ Affairs, the event will include panel discussions on the topics of Government Reform and Emerging Threats of Terrorism.
“We are honored to work with Congressman Jolly to address challenging problems in this non-partisan, non-rancorous format,” said David Klement, Executive Director of The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College. “Seeking solutions through consensus-building is at the heart of our democratic system – and the goal of all of our civic-engagement efforts at SPC.”