Thrive Business & Professional Magazine Summer Issue - Page 20

Flagler County & Daytona Regional Chambers offer free candidate training program FVPLI Flagler Volusia Public Leadership Institute T he Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and Daytona it’s important that we have the best qualified and prepared Regional Chamber of Commerce recently joined forces candidates elected to public office. That’s why FVPLI is a valuable to host a free four-day candidate-training program, resource that encourages and cultivates the next generation of the Flagler Volusia Public Leadership Institute (FVPLI), an community leaders by teaching them how to run for election.” expansion of the Flagler Chamber’s Public Leadership Institute. Representatives from both organizations are confident this new Nancy Keefer, president, and Jim Cameron, Senior Vice President partnership will help build the bench of elected officials to lead of Government Affairs for the Daytona Regional Chamber both Flagler and Volusia Counties in the future. recognized that hosting a candidate-training program for Volusia residents was a top priority and partnering with the Flagler The Flagler County Chamber launched its Flagler Public Chamber on FVPLI is a good opportunity and logical next step. Leadership Institute in 2015 with a graduating class of ten. Half of the graduates ran for public office in 2016 and two -- Flagler “Nurturing a strong economy in Volusia and Flagler counties Beach City Commissioner Rick Belhumeur and Flagler County depends on prudent decisions made by knowledgeable elected Commissioner Donald O’Brien -- were elected. officials,” said Keefer. “At the same time, we need to continuously seek capable individuals that are skilled in making these According to Lea Stokes, FVPLI Committee Chairwoman and decisions... These type individuals don’t just happen by chance.” director of Flagler County Chamber’s Foundation for Flagler’s Future, expanding the program to include applicants from Volusia Created and led by industry expert Mark Mills of Mills Strategic County is a win/win for both counties. Communications, FVPLI will help prospective, undeclared candidates navigate the challenging road to public service with “We’re delighted to collaborate with the Daytona Regional greater confidence. Twenty to 24 applicants will be selected Chamber to offer the training program to applicants from to attend four full-day sessions Friday, September 8; Saturday, both Flagler and Volusia counties,” said Stokes. “Collectively, September 9; Friday, September 15; and Saturday, September 16. 18 © 2017 | Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and its licensors.