17th Annual Public Policy Workshop: Morning Session

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, February 7, 2019
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Public policy is the backbone of comprehensive planning.  In Florida where comprehensive planning is governed by statewide legislation, planners need to be involved in the public policy arena.  This workshop provides an in depth discussion of a number of emerging policy issues and legal changes in Florida that need to be addressed for the future.  This workshop is focuses on significant public policy topic areas in Florida: the economy’s impact on communities and how they can position themselves for the future, the implications of the recent elections, and the housing needs and funding in Florida.  These issue areas continue to be the current focus of policy makers throughout the state and their outcomes will have a profound impact on planning at all levels.  This workshop will give attendees an understanding of the issues from diverse stakeholder viewpoints and provide the registrants with the necessary in-depth knowledge to effectively participate in the policy-making process.  The invited panelists bring a wide range of experiences from both the public and private sector.

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Steve Schale

Steven Schale is a Florida-based political, communications and government relations strategist. In 2008, Steve directed the Obama/Biden campaign in Florida, leading the largest political operation in Florida history to a win for President Obama. From 2005-2008, Steve ran the Florida Democratic Party’s House Democratic Caucus, during which Florida ... Read More

Jaimie Ross

Jaimie Ross is the President and CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition. Prior to joining the Florida Housing Coalition as CEO, Ms. Ross served as the Affordable Housing Director at 1000 Friends of Florida, a statewide nonprofit smart growth organization, from 1991- 2015. Prior to her tenure at 1000 Friends ... Read More

Steve Bousquet

Steve Bousquet is the Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the Times in 2001 after 17 years at the Miami Herald, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He ... Read More

Bruce Ritchie

Bruce Ritchie is a POLITICO Florida reporter covering environment, growth management and energy in the state Capitol. He has covered environmental issues in Florida since 1993 previously for the Gainesville Sun, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Florida Current. He has written extensively about the fight over water among Alabama, Florida ... Read More

William O'Dell

Bill O'Dell is the Director of the Shimberg Center. Mr. O'Dell has spent several years at the Shimberg Center collaborating on the development of a number of data products, among them the Affordable Housing Needs Assessment. Before coming to the Shimberg Center, Mr. O'Dell was a policy ... Read More

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Julia Magee, fapa@floridaplanning.org