SEMINOLE (March 24, 2016) – Two prominent Florida members of Congress and a colorful radio talk show host lead a line-up of national, state and local leaders who will offer innovative solutions to pressing policy issues facing the United States at the second annual New Ideas Conference, with honorary host and moderator Congressman David Jolly at St. Petersburg College (SPC).
The half-day conference, covering the topics of Veterans’ Welfare, Government Reform, and Emerging Threats of Terrorism, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. The conference is presented by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS), and is co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks, Jabil, and Alakai Defense Systems.
“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.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (FL-2), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, will lead the panel on “Emerging Threats of Terrorism.” She will be joined by Sri Sridharan, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida, and Katherine Bauer, former U.S. Treasury official who is now a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis, (FL-12) of Palm Harbor, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will lead the panel entitled “Veterans’ Welfare: Why Can’t We get It Right?” He will be joined by Blaze Radio Network anchor Doc Thompson, Boot Campaign Chief Operating Officer Johnny Joey Jones, and Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Litrell.
Speaking on the topic of “Government Reform: Getting Congress to Do Its Job” will be: former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis (FL-11), former U.S. Rep. Dan Miller (FL-13), and Tim Nickens, Editor of Editorials at the Tampa Bay Times.
“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.”
The event is open to the public and admission is free, but seating is limited. Registration is required at: http://solutions.spcollege.edu.