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Accomplishments of 2013

 

1/1/2014

 
 
  • 2013 Annual Conference Florida's Community Challenges in the 21st Century
    • Keynote Speaker: Pat Bainter of DATA Targeting on Redistricting
    • Keynote Speaker: The Late Dr. Alan Petigny, UF History Professor, on American Exceptionalism
    • Darren Cook, Infinite Energy, on Biomass Power
    • Thank you to our sponsors: Infinite Energy, Blue Dove Designs, DATA Targeting, Lewis Oil Co. Inc., Pomodoro Cafe, Scherer Construction, Eye Associates of Gainesvlle, Plum Creek

 

  • Paula DeSutter Visit
    • Paula DeSutter, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation, came and spoke to a large crowd on October 15 about the importance of verification and enforcement in nuclear weapon negotiations. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee, the Democracy Commitment at Santa Fe College, Lewis Oil Company, GreenScape Property Management, Hayes Jewelry, and the Bob Graham Center For Public Service at the University of Florida. DeSutter also spoke to Oak Hall High School students about opportunities in the State Department and student internships. DeSutter also appeared that morning on the Ward Scott Files and the Bob Rose Show to discuss her lecture.

 

  • Immigration Forum
    • Promoted and attended "Path to Legalization" on Novermber 20, a forum on immigration at Santa Fe College hosted by the Democracy Commitment.

 

 

  • Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking
    • Attended and promoted conferences, as well as supporting them in eliminating modern-day human slavery.

 

  • Welcomed new fellow Adrienne Thieke

 

 

 
 

 Looking Ahead to 2014

  • 2014 Annual Conference: Florida's Community Challenges in the 21st Century
    • Discussion topics will include energy, transportation, and growth and regulation.

 

  • Solar Car Races
    • As part of STEM effort, working with community partner Hands On Gainesville, Santa Fe College, Florida Solar Energy Center and Alachua County School Board to host a solar car race and solar oven cook-off event for high school students.

 

  • New Articles to Come
    • Public policy papers on energy, heath care, growth and regulation, constitutional issues, transportation, and topics of local political interest

 

  • Annual Shoot Out Fundraiser - October 25, see information here

 

 
 

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Creation of an informed, motivated and confident electorate by seeking accuracy, efficiency and transparency of government.

Since the core values of The Institute are non-partisan, The Institute seeks clarity and truth of current and future community problems though understanding the history and current economics and science that surrounds these issues. Accordingly, by understanding the pros and cons of complex issues The Institute is able to educate the public to the nuances and consequences of various problems. The electorate can then understand what is best for their family, community and state.

The ultimate goal is to produce positive public policy decisions from elected officials through informed, enlightened and engaged voters.

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November - Newsletter

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  Conversation on Human Trafficking in Florida  

11/9/2013

 
 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A panel of journalists, advocates and law enforcement officials will discuss the issue of human trafficking, both domestic and abroad, on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at Pugh Hall on the University of Florida campus.

“A Conversation on Modern-Day Slavery” is presented by the UF College of Journalism and Communications in partnership with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. The event and parking is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include journalists from the Herald-Tribune who on Sunday, Oct. 13, published “The Stolen Ones,” http://thestolenones.heraldtribune.com/ a compelling investigative series that shares the stories of victims of human trafficking in Florida.

Read Full Press Release Here

For more information, contact Quenta Vettel - (352) 846-3013, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
 

larry_smithThe Keepers of the Constitutional Republic 

As the story goes, after the signing of the US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was descending the stairs of Independence Hall where the Constitutional Convention had ended when he was asked, "Mr. Franklin, What have you given us?" Ben was reputed to have said, "A republic, if we can keep it." How insightful. Seven simple words that described the historic reality of the fate of the many republics that had come before America’s new republic and quite possibly seven prescient words that may be reflective of America’s current state of political evolution.

Read Full Article Here

 

 
 

Pathway to Legalization

On Wednesday Novermber 20, the Democracy Commitment at Santa Fe will hold a forum on undocumented immigrants, immigration reform and the legalization process. A panel of immigrant community members will share their stories about their paths to legalization. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in room RO1 at Santa Fe College.

Read the Invitation Here

 
 

Our Mission:

Creation of an informed, motivated and confident electorate by seeking accuracy, efficiency and transparency of government.

Since the core values of The Institute are non-partisan, The Institute seeks clarity and truth of current and future community problems though understanding the history and current economics and science that surrounds these issues. Accordingly, by understanding the pros and cons of complex issues The Institute is able to educate the public to the nuances and consequences of various problems. The electorate can then understand what is best for their family, community and state.

The ultimate goal is to produce positive public policy decisions from elected officials through informed, enlightened and engaged voters.

We welcome you to get involved today!

 
 

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October - Newsletter

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  Paula A. DeSutter to Speak about U.S. Arms Control Policies  

October 10, 2013

 
 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Institute of Gainesville will host a lecture by the Honorable Paula A. DeSutter. DeSutter, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation, will address current arms control and nonproliferation policies, including those related to Syria and Iran. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, 1714 SW 34th St.

DeSutter is also scheduled to be interviewed on the Ward Scott Show, 980AM and 720AM, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., and the Bob Rose Show, 97.3 The Sky at 9 a.m. on the day of the talk.

As U.S. Assistant Secretary of State from Aug. 14, 2002 to Jan. 20, 2009, DeSutter led the Bureau of Verification, Compliance and Implementation, which had principal responsibility for all matters relating to the verification of and compliance with international arms control and nonproliferation agreements and commitments. The Bureau led, coordinated, and participated in the implementation of the United States' effort to assist Libya in meeting its Dec. 2003 commitment to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction programs and long-range missiles. The assistant secretary also serves as principal policy liaison to the U.S. Intelligence Community for verification and compliance issues. The Bureau prepares the U.S. assessment of other nations' compliance with their arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament commitments.

DeSutter has an extensive background in verification and a career focus on national security and intelligence. Prior to her work at the U.S. Department of State, she served for over four years as a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and liaison to Senator Jon Kyl. She was responsible for legislation and oversight of intelligence collection, analysis and activities related to proliferation, terrorism, arms control, the Persian Gulf States, India, Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan

DeSutter attended the National War College, where she was a “Distinguished Graduate,” then returned to the National Defense University as a senior visiting research fellow at its Center for Counter-Proliferation Research, where she published “Denial and Jeopardy: Deterring Iranian Use of NBC Weapons.” Prior to the War College, she held numerous positions in the Verification and Intelligence Bureau in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) for much longer than she cares to admit.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee, the Democracy Commitment at Santa Fe College, Lewis Oil Company, GreenScape Property Management, Hayes Jewelry, and the Bob Graham Center For Public Service at the University of Florida.

For more information about the lecture or the organization, visit the Institute of Gainesville’s website at http://www.gainesvilleinstitute.org/

 
 

 

marin smillov

Common Core: Getting it Right 

 

“There is a broad public consensus that the issues of education should be addressed with a sense of urgency. For the last 14 years, the US government has committed great efforts and resources to education reform. President George W. Bush introduced “No Child Left Behind” which was designed to promote and ensure adequate all-inclusive academic standards for the educational system. President Barack Obama introduced “Race to the Top” with its set of standards called the Common Core. These attempts for a top-down educational reform do not provide compelling reasons for optimism. This paper will compare and contrast the expectations and the likely outcomes from the implementation of the Common Core standards. It will identify some flawed assumptions in the current attempts for education reform. We will support the conclusion that the education system in United States needs more than a top-down government makeover.”

-Marin Smillov, Ph.D., Larry Smith, M.D., Bruce Gordon and the Board of Directors of The Institute

Read More Here

 
 

Our Mission:

Creation of an informed, motivated and confident electorate by seeking accuracy, efficiency and transparency of government.

Since the core values of The Institute are non-partisan, The Institute seeks clarity and truth of current and future community problems though understanding the history and current economics and science that surrounds these issues. Accordingly, by understanding the pros and cons of complex issues The Institute is able to educate the public to the nuances and consequences of various problems. The electorate can then understand what is best for their family, community and state.

The ultimate goal is to produce positive public policy decisions from elected officials through informed, enlightened and engaged voters.

We welcome you to get involved today!

 
 

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