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Dear Business-Minded Aspiring Political Leader:

(Please read this cover letter in its entirety to fully understand the program's focus, objectives and requirements.)

Thank you for your interest in the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI), a program of the Orlando Economic Partnership that works to provide the Orlando region with quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity and a sustainable quality of life.

PLI is a nonpartisan program for select business-minded leaders who have an interest in exploring future public leadership opportunities, either as a political candidate or appointee to a government board or commission, and discovering how their experience and talent could address critical public-policy issues. Applicants from Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Volusia, Brevard and Seminole Counties are invited. Graduates have gone on to serve as mayors, council members, commissioners, legislators, school board members and appointees.

An expanded class schedule allows members to explore the campaign and appointment process in-depth with a faculty of experts who educate on campaigning, appointments, public issues and leadership strategies. Networking events provide members with invaluable opportunities to build lasting connections.

There is no commitment required to run for office. PLI is for leaders who want to explore the possibility of serving as a public leader in either a short-term or long-term horizon. A limited number of applicants will be competitively chosen by a selection committee. All participants will receive a 100% scholarship thanks to the generous support of program sponsors.

Applications close August 26, 2022

Meeting Dates, Times and Attendance Requirement
200 S. Orange Ave., Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32801. Lunch will be provided at each session. 

Classes begin with a two-day session:
- Friday, October 14 | 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday, October 15 | 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

After the first session, the program will meet on the following dates.

- Thursday, November 10 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, December 15 | 12 – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, January 19 | 12 – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, February 16 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, March 9 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Final class)

The date for a VIP reception and graduation ceremony will be
announced at a later date.

To remain in the program under a full scholarship and graduate, participants must fulfill the following attendance and participation requirements: 

- Attendance is mandatory during the two-day session in October, 
  and the full-day sessions in November, February, and March in their entirety.  
  Participants may miss only one half-day class.

- Individual engagement plans (as assigned in class) must be
  completed in their entirety and class members must participate fully
  with their assigned small-group teams in the completion of
  assignments, including a final presentation. 

Admittance does not guarantee a future candidate endorsement or support from program sponsors or anyone involved with the program directly or indirectly. This is a program for prospective public leaders and not for current or aspiring campaign workers or political consultants.