Flagler Chamber Offers Flagler Public Leadership Institute: A Free Candidate Training Program

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March 20, 2017
Palm Coast, FL – The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is looking for applicants for its second free candidate-training program, the Flagler Public Leadership Institute (FPLI), this coming May. The program is offered to encourage, identify and build a bench of future public leaders in Flagler County.

The Chamber launched FPLI in 2015 with a graduating class of ten. Half of the graduates ran for public office in 2016 and two – Rick Belhumeur and Donald O’Brien -- were elected. The Chamber's second FPLI class, once again led by industry expert Mark Mills, will be held at the Flagler Chamber on Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6, Frida,y May 12 and Saturday, May 13. There will also be a kick-off reception the evening of Thursday, May 4 for participants and their significant others. 

Drawing on the expertise of elected officials and industry experts, FPLI helps prospective candidates navigate the challenging road to public service with greater confidence. FPLI’s second class will benefit from an expanded curriculum that doubles the amount of instructional time from two to four days. The class will learn how to run for office, file, fundraise, canvas, deal with the media and more, while also gaining valuable insight from special guests:
•    Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Strategy at the Florida Chamber
•    State Senator Travis Hutson 
•    State Representative Paul Renner 
•    Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart
•    Flagler County Commissioner Donald O’Brien

“Flagler County has created a healthier business climate over the past few years and we are fortunate that our elected officials understand what it takes to keep moving in the right direction,” said FPLI Committee Chairman Lea Stokes. “It is important, however, that we continue identifying, cultivating and encouraging the next generation of public leaders. FPLI is offered to ‘build a bench’ of people who are willing and qualified to serve in future leadership roles.”

The Flagler County Chamber is a nonpartisan 501c6 organization that does not endorse or support candidates for office. The Chamber operates this candidate education program through its 501c3, the Flagler Chamber Foundation. Thanks to support from generous community and business sponsors including Disney, Publix, TECO Energy, and the Florida Chamber, this program is offered to aspiring candidates at no cost, as long as they are not incumbents and have not yet declared or filed. Ten to 12 applicants will be selected to participate and all applicants must complete and return the application (found here)  to the Chamber by Friday, April 13th. 

For more information, call Gretchen Smith at 386-206-0953. 

With more than 725 members, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest member-based organizations in Flagler County. The Chamber has served and supported its community since 1962 with a mission of engaging, promoting and sustaining a thriving business climate in Flagler County. For more information, call 386.437.0106, or visit www.flaglerchamber.org.
Gretchen Smith, Government Affairs Director
Gsmith@flaglerchamber.org, (386) 206-0953





Our Mission: Engaging, promoting and sustaining a thriving business climate in Flagler County.

The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is a community-based not-for-profit organization serving
and supporting the business community of Flagler County, Florida since 1962.

Flagler County Chamber of Commerce

20 Airport Road, Suite C
Palm Coast, FL 32164
386-437-0106  |  info@flaglerchamber.org