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Leadership Gainesville 43 Completes Policy for Everyday People Day

Leadership Gainesville 43 Completes Policy for Everyday People Day

The LG 43 class participated in “Policy for Everyday People Day” on September 8, 2016 at the Santa Fe College Kirkpatrick Center. This day is designed to engage the leaders in local politics and policy issues. Various speakers and officials addressed the group during the day starting with Kamal Latham, V.P. of Public Policy at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce speaking on the importance of being involved in community matters, the purpose of political action committees, and why we should all participate in the election process.LG

Next, Professor Daniel Smith of the University of Florida presented voting data for our area with details of our recent local elections and he explained the importance of every citizen exercising their right to vote. Commissioner Craig Carter also urged the value of every vote and the importance of being aware of different issues in the community.

A panel of our local law enforcement leaders including Chief Tony Jones GPD, Captain DeCoursey of ASO, Chief Ed Book of Santa Fe College, Chief Linda Stump of UF, Chief Chad Scott of Alachua Police Department and Chief Joel DeCoursey of High Springs held a forum with the attendees about the challenges of law enforcement, truths and misconceptions and shared statistics about crime in Alachua county.  They also shared how each agency works together for the common good of Alachua County without territorial division.  Questions and answers were the highlight of the presentation and put a face on local law enforcement.

Board of County Commissioners Chair, Robert Hutchinson held a forum about the Alachua County Commission with a question and answer session. Participants also heard from a panel of local city managers including Assistant City Manager Paul Folkers – City of Gainesville, Ellen Vause – City of Hawthorne, Zeriah Folston – City of Archer speaking about each of their communities. LG43 also had the opportunity to tour GRU’s Deerhaven Generating Station.

Leadership Gainesville (LG) is a year-long community leadership program designed to identify, educate and develop leadership skills. Each year approximately 40 individuals are selected to participate in the program via monthly session and class projects. For more information on Leadership Gainesville, contact Joe Johnson at

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