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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday December 08, 2019 ( 44 items )  

2019 Amateur Athletic Union Cross Country National Championships
ORLANDO, Florida, Dec. 3 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news, dated Dec. 7: AAU Cross Country will hold their National Championship Race on Saturday, December 7 at the Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The event is scheduled to have approximately 365 teams, running more than 1,500 athletes. Participants will compete in six age groups, ranging from six and under to 18 and under and will represent four different countries - United States, Bahamas, Bermuda and Puerto R  more

2020 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition to Be Held 6-10 January in Orlando, Fla.
RESTON, Virginia, Dec. 4 -- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics issued the following news release: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its 2020 Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum) 6-10 January in Orlando, Florida. The forum's theme is "Driving Aerospace Solutions for Global Challenges." The 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum will bring together experts from across the globe to share ideas on a variety of technical discipl  more

AIAA to Recognize Excellence in Aerospace at the 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum
RESTON, Virginia, Dec. 5 -- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics issued the following news release: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of awards to be presented during the AIAA SciTech Forum, held 6-10 January 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida. "AIAA members are the visionaries, technological leaders, and accomplished professionals who are part of a community working together to build a better w  more

Aimee Stafford Has Been Named President & CEO of Flagler County Chamber of Commerce
PALM COAST, Florida, Dec. 5 -- The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Flagler Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Aimee Stafford has been named the new President & CEO of the Flagler Chamber of Commerce. Aimee joins the Chamber following a 17-year career with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce where she held the position of Director of Public Relations between 2002-2005, and most recently as Senior Vice President, Administratio  more

AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin Draws Largest Entry in History of the American Kennel Club
NEW YORK, Dec. 4 -- The American Kennel Club issued the following news release: * * * - Dogs from the 50 States, Washington, D.C. and All Over the World Will Vie for Best in Show * * * The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin continues to top itself, drawing record numbers in its 19th year. An entry of 5,284 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 14 and 15, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events including the AKC Royal Canin N  more

Alliance for Justice: Brasher Would Gut Voting Protections on the 11th Circuit
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- The Alliance for Justice issued the following statement: Alliance for Justice today released a report on the record of Andrew Brasher, President Donald Trump's nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement in opposition to his nomination: "With the 2020 election just around the corner, we should be ensuring that everyone has access to the polls and that every vote counts. Instead, Trump h  more

American Water Works Association Schedules Events
DENVER, Colorado, Nov. 25 -- The American Water Works Association has announced the following events: * * * North American Water Loss Conference & Exposition, Dec. 3-5, 2019, Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce St., Nashville, TN. Legal Workshop, Dec. 5, 2019, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, 444 W. Lake St., 23rd fl., Chicago, IL. Water Sector workshop will analyze current and emerging issues that are impacting water utilities Texas Section American Water Works Association Webinar: Ameri  more

ASH Annual Meeting Highlights St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Dec. 2 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: * * * - Researchers from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will present their work at the 61st annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. * * * Children's Research Hospital investigators are set to present original research findings and share their expertise at the 2019 American Society of Hematology annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 7-10. From presenting oral abstrac  more

Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International Schedules Events
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Nov. 25 -- The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International has scheduled the following events: * * * APCO Annual Conference & Expo, August 2-5, 2020, Orlando, FL - APCO 2020 is the premier event for public safety communications officials, from frontline telecommunicators to comm center managers to public safety communications equipment and services vendors. Nexus: The NG9-1-1 Experience Reimagined, May 21-22, 2020, Washington, DC - Nexus is desi  more

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Schedules Events
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 27 -- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has announced the following events: * * * Blockchain in Business School Curricula, December 11, 2019 Business Accreditation Seminar, December 11-12, 2019, Dubai Department Chairs Seminar, January 7-8, 2020, Tampa, Florida Art and Science of Teaching Seminar, January 9-10, 2020, Tampa, Florida Leading Faculty and Succession Planning Seminar, February 1, 2020, Nashville, Tennessee Deans Conference, February  more

Blinded Veterans Association: Phil Raistrick, Visionary Founder of En-Vision America, Passes Away
PALMETTO, Florida, Dec. 6 -- The Blinded Veterans Association issued the following news release: It's with great sadness, En-Vision America announces the passing of their beloved company founder Phil Raistrick. He sadly and suddenly passed on November 20, 2019. Phil was a giant of a man and a visionary who was dedicated to providing those with vision impairment greater independence through technology. The company began in Phil's basement. Phil and his two visually impaired brothers loved playi  more

Broadband Forum Completes Transformation to 'Open' Organization, Connecting the Worlds of Open Standards and Open Source
PANAMA, Florida, Dec. 5 -- The Broadband Forum issued the following news release: * * * - First open meeting another milestone in the evolution of the broadband industry's leading organization * * * Broadband Forum today announced it has become an 'open' organization - making all of its work visible to the industry. The by-law amendment was passed on 14 October and the transition was confirmed at its Q4 meeting in Panama City, Panama. The move reflects Broadband Forum's leadership in usheri  more

Cleveland Clinic's Community Benefit Topped $1B in 2018
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Dec. 4 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Total includes operations in Ohio, Nevada and Florida; Highest in Cleveland Clinic's history * * * As part of its continuing commitment to promote access to healthcare and healthy behaviors in our communities, Cleveland Clinic invested more than $1 billion in community benefit in 2018, the most in the health system's history. Cleveland Clinic's total community benefit increased 6% to $1.04 billion in   more

Copyright Alliance Issues Statement Applauding Congressional Letter to American Law Institute
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The Copyright Alliance issued the following statement by CEO Keith Kupferschmid in response to the letter sent to American Law Institute Director Richard Revesz by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, and Reps. Ben Cline, R-Virginia; Ted Deutch, D-Florida; Martha Roby, R-Alabama, and Harley Rouda, D-California: "On December 3, a letter was sent to the American Law Institute's Director Revesz by Senator Tillis and Representatives Cline, Deutch, Roby and Rouda, stating signif  more

Council of Independent Colleges Schedules Events
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 -- The Council of Independent Colleges has announced the following events: * * * 2020 PRESIDENTS GOVERNANCE ACADEMY: A program for Council of Independent Colleges member presidents to strengthen president-board relations, align board bylaws with principles of good governance, make bylaws more effective, and sustain a high-performing board of trustees. January 3-4, 2020, Marco Island, Florida NEW PRESIDENTS PROGRAM: A leadership development program for college presidents in  more

Destin Chamber of Commerce: Endowment Established in Memory of Kurt K. Eichorst
DESTIN, Florida, Dec. 2 -- The Destin Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: In memory of her late husband, Janice Eichorst has pledged $15,000 to establish the Kurt K. Eichorst Scholarship Endowment at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). A man of faith, Kurt attended Crosspoint Methodist Church, where he met and married the love of his life, Janice. Together, they were avid supporters of the NWF Raider Athletics program and also volunteered at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center  more

Destin Chamber of Commerce: Gulf Winds Credit Union Gifted $15K to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida
DESTIN, Florida, Dec. 6 -- The Destin Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, Gulf Winds Credit Union presented a gift of $15,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) in support of the 30th Anniversary Bold Steps Campaign. This gift included support and expansion of our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. The check presentation took place at the new BBBSNWFL office located at 1320 Creighton Rd, Pensacola FL, 32504. The   more

Distinguished Lecturers to Speak at the 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum
RESTON, Virginia, Dec. 5 -- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics issued the following news release: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the following lectures will be presented during the AIAA SciTech Forum, held 6-10 January 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida. "The hallmark of the AIAA SciTech Forum is the sharing of ideas, successes and failures that drives the aerospace industry to improve life on earth,"   more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action Statement on Shooting at Naval Air Station
PENSACOLA, Florida, Dec. 6 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement: The Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after reports of a shooting at Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Initial reports indicate at least three people were shot and killed and multiple people are injured. Reports indicate the shooter is dead. "Our veterans   more

Florida Bankers Association Schedules Events
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Dec. 3 -- Florida Bankers Association has announced the following events: * * * 1/31/2020, Asset Liability Management 2020, Orlando, FL 2/7/2020, 6th Annual Cyber Security Symposium, Tampa, FL 3/4/2020, 5th Annual Commercial Lending School, Tampa, FL 3/19/2020, 2020 HR & Wellness Conference, Orlando, FL 3/25/2020, 10th Annual Florida Supervisors Academy, Orlando, FL 4/1/2020, 35th Annual Consumer Compliance Seminar, Orlando, FL 4/23/2020, 8th Annual Women in Leaders  more

Florida Farm Bureau: Celebrating Florida Agriculture at the State Capitol
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Dec. 5 -- The Florida Farm Bureau issued the following news: Farmers and ranchers from across the Sunshine State will convene at the state Capitol next week to discuss key state policy issues with Florida legislators. Florida Farm Bureau's annual citizens' lobbying event for the 2020 legislative session will be Tuesday, Dec. 10. The full day will begin with a legislative briefing breakfast and proceed with a full schedule of legislative meetings on Farm Bureau priority is  more

Florida Realtors: Fla. Sees Drop in International Buyers, But Home Sales Continue Upswing
ORLANDO, Florida, Dec. 4 -- Florida Realtors issued the following news release: A strong dollar, worsening global economic outlook and rising U.S. home prices slowed international sales during the past year in Florida Realtors(R)' latest international report. However, domestic buyers may have stepped in. Overall, Florida home sales and prices have continued to rise, potentially fueled by more buyers from within the U.S. "There's been a general weakening of the global economy over the past year  more

Food For The Poor Donors Break #GivingTuesday Record: 48-Hour Campaign Raises Funds to Build 249 Homes
COCONUT CREEK, Florida, Dec. 5 -- Food for the Poor issued the following news release: Two hundred and forty-nine homes will be built for destitute families in the Caribbean and Latin America, thanks to the generous support of Food For The Poor donors on #GivingTuesday. "Our campaign goal for #GivingTuesday was 48 homes in 48 hours, with a $750,000 housing match," said Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma. "We gratefully exceeded our goal, and thanks to our donors and the match, 24  more

Foundation for Government Accountability: Medicaid Expansion Could Push More Than Two Million Individuals Off Existing Insurance Plans
NAPLES, Florida, Dec. 4 -- The Foundation for Government Accountability issued the following news: The vast majority of able-bodied adults who would become eligible for Medicaid under ObamaCare expansion already have private health insurance, and millions would lose their current plans to be shifted onto Medicaid, according to new research from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). In states that have not expanded Medicaid, individuals with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of   more

HNTB's Beth Kigel to Chair the Florida Chamber's Autonomous Florida Program
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Dec. 5 -- The Florida Chamber of Commerce issued the following news: The Florida Chamber of Commerce's Autonomous Florida Program welcomes transportation thought leader Beth Kigel as its new Chair. Kigel, an HNTB Corporation Vice President, will lead Autonomous Florida and its efforts to position Florida as the most autonomous-friendly state in the nation. "Beth brings a wealth of transportation systems expertise to Autonomous Florida. As a champion of Florida's infrastru  more

International Society of Arborculture Schedules Events
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, Nov. 29 -- The International Society of Arborculture has announced the following events: * * * Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Renewal Course, Dec. 5, 2019, State College, Pennsylvania Advanced Climbing, Rigging, Precision Cutting, Dec. 6, 2019, Fort Myers, Florida Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Renewal Course, Dec. 6, 2019, London, Canada Arborist Safety and Climbing, Dec. 6, 2019, Sarasota, Florida Technical Tree Climbing: MRS/SRS, Dec. 7, 2019, Phoenix, Arizo  more

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Knight Foundation Kicks Off Art Week Miami by Announcing 44 Winning Ideas in 2019 Knight Arts Challenge
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 30 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - Twenty-one local leaders also recognized as Knight Arts Champions and choose artists and arts organizations for Knight support * * * For the 11th year, Art Week Miami will kick off Monday with the announcement of the winners of the Knight Arts Challenge. This year, 44 artists and arts organizations will share more than $1.8 million to bring their ideas to life. During a celebratio  more

Journal - American Water Works Association Issues 4 Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
DENVER, Colorado, Dec. 4 -- Journal - American Water Works Association, which serves as a forum for thought leaders in the water and wastewater industry, published four research articles on the following topics in its December 2019 edition: * 1,2,3-Trichloropropane: California's Response to a Persistent Pollutant * Assessment of Bromide in Three North Carolina Watersheds * Digital Twins: The Next Generation of Water Treatment Technology * Working to Achieve Regional Water Security in Southwe  more

Lambda Legal to Eleventh Circuit: Schools Must Provide Transgender Students Equal Restroom Access
ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec. 5 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release: Today, Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a lower court ruling holding that a suburban Jacksonville, Florida, school district must treat transgender student Drew Adams equally by allowing him to use the restroom that matches his gender identity. "All I ever wanted from my school was to be treated like any other boy, and to have the same opportunity to thrive and learn as my   more

Lutheran Education Association Schedules Events
RIVER FOREST, Illinois, Nov. 30 -- Lutheran Education Association has announced the following events: * * * Feb. 19-20, 2020: LEA National Administrators Conference in partnership with Concordia Plan Services, Crowne Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona March 21-23, 2021: Lutheran School Administrators Conference: Leading Together Lutheran Education Association LCMS School Ministry Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools, DoubleTree by Hilton, Orlando, Florida * * * For more information about these ev  more

Millard Scott Masteller Honored by ASTM International Magnetic Properties Committee
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, Dec. 3 -- ASTM International, an international organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for materials, products, systems and services, issued the following news release: Dr. Millard Scott Masteller, owner of Masteller Special Materials Consulting LLC in Palm Coast, Florida, USA, was honored with the Frank W. Reinhart Award by ASTM International's magnetic properties committee (A06). An ASTM International member since 1984  more

Moms Demand Action Responds After Gov. DeSantis Seems to Suggest That Cities Bear Most Responsibility for Gun Violence Prevention
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Dec. 4 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - Gov. DeSantis is Currently Fighting in the Courts to Uphold Penalties Aimed at Chilling Local Officials' Ability to Fight Gun Violence - Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey Has Joined Other Florida Mayors in Public Support of Gun Safety Laws; Gov. DeSantis is Yet to Support Background Checks Legislation * * * The Florida chapter of Moms Demand Act  more

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Schedules Events
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 -- The National Association for Home Care and Hospice has announced the following events: * * * July 26-28: 2020 Financial Management Conference and Expo - Las Vegas, Nevada Oct. 18-20: 2020 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo - Tampa, Florida * * * For more information about these events, click here (https://www.nahc.org/meetings-education/) [Category: Health CareEvents]  more

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Schedules Events
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 2 -- The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has scheduled the following events: * * * National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Conference, Feb. 2-4, 2020, Bonita Springs, Florida National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo, Aug. 8-10, 2020, the San Diego Convention Center, California * * * For more information about these events, click here (https://www.nacds.org/news/category/press-release/) [Category: BusinessEvent]  more

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Schedules Events
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 -- The National Association of Hispanic Nurses has announced the following event: * * * Feb. 6-9: 2020 Latino Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C. July 14-17: 45th Annual Conference - Miami 2020, Florida * * * For more information about these events, click here (nahnnet.org/NAHN/Events/NAHN/Events/Events_List.aspx?hkey=400e2887-38ac-49df-a82f-47104503612c) [Category: NursingEvent]  more

National Marine Manufacturers Association: Correct Craft Welcomes FL State Representative David Smith to Their Facility
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 2 -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: Just before Thanksgiving, Florida State Representative David Smith (District 28) visited Correct Craft's headquarters in Orlando, providing him with the opportunity to learn about the manufacturer's business and the boating industry's broader economic impact. NMMA members have hosted more than 30 elected officials at their facilities in 2019, which are invaluable advocacy engagements th  more

Natural Resources Defense Council: NRC Approves Reactor Threatened by Sea-Level Rise
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission pushed through the extension of the license for the Turkey Point nuclear facility in Florida. The approval comes more than a decade before the current license expires, in 2032. In giving the OK, the NRC ignored pending challenges to the extension. If this stands, Turkey Point would be the first plant in the U.S. to have an 80-year license, allowing it to operate unti  more

NCAA Division I Women's All-America Teams Announced
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Dec. 5 -- United Soccer Coaches issued the following news: United Soccer Coaches announced the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's All-America Team on Thursday on the eve of the College Cup semifinals in San Jose, Calif. A total of 51 players receive All-America recognition this year, including six players who are earning the third All-America awards of their career. South Carolina senior defender Grace Fisk, UCLA senior midfielder Jessie Fleming, Stanford junior midfielder Cat  more

NFL Players Unite With Ocean Conservancy for My Cause My Cleats
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- The Ocean Conservancy issued the following news release: * * * - Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins Support Efforts to Combat Ocean and Climate Issues in Florida * * * Ocean Conservancy, the national ocean partner for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, is teaming up with six NFL players for this season's My Cause My Cleats campaign in support of ocean health. For the fourth-annual NFL initiative, players will showcase causes that are important to them with custom  more

Progress Florida: No Build! Rural Toll Roads Must Be Stopped
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Dec. 5 -- Progress Florida issued the following news release: * * * - New "No Roads to Ruin" Coalition sends clear message * * * A new coalition of fifty-five (55) organizations and businesses, the No Roads to Ruin Coalition (NRTR) announced today a statewide campaign devoted to stopping Senate President Bill Galvano's unneeded and costly plan for 300 plus miles of new toll roads. Within sight of Governor Ron DeSantis' office, who in May signed the bill that created t  more

Public Citizen: House Vote to Restore Voting Rights Will Send Strong Message to U.S. Senators
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Public Citizen issued the following news release: Note: The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, to address some of the more blatant ballot access attacks voters have seen recently in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona and Texas. Voters in these states and others have faced increased nationwide voting discrimination since 2013's abysmal Shelby v. Holder U.S. Supreme Court decision which released states with a hi  more

Study Finds Cannabis Treatment Provides Symptom Relief in Patient With Treatment-Resistant Stiff Person Syndrome
TAMPA, Florida, Dec. 5 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: The use of plant-derived cannabis extracts is associated with symptom improvements in a patient with refractory paraneoplastic stiff person syndrome (PSPS), according to a case report published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Paraneoplastic stiff person syndrome is a rare, but debilitating manifestation of cancer, characterized by painful extremities, truncal an  more

The Florida Bar Seeks a Public Member to Serve on Its Governing Board
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Dec. 2 -- The Florida Bar issued the following news release: Continuing its practice of public involvement, The Florida Bar seeks a new nonlawyer to serve on its governing board. Since 1987, two public members have served on the Bar's 52-member governing board, after the Supreme Court of Florida approved the organization's request to have nonlawyer representation on the board. Only 12 other state bar associations have public members on their governing boards. The board m  more

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Will Support Youth Impacted by Hurricane Michael in 2020
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Dec. 4 -- The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee issued the following news: * * * - Through a two-day workshop and the loan of 15 cameras, UUSC trained youth from a local high school in how to tell their own compelling stories about living in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. * * * Panama City, Florida, is a town usually known for its white sand beaches and seasonal rowdy spring breakers. But early in October 2018, it experienced the worst natural disaster t  more