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County Chairman and County Manager to participate in regional visioning campaign

RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2006

TAVARES — Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Catherine C. Hanson and County Manager Cindy Hall will travel to Orlando Wednesday as the Central Florida region attempts to answer the question, “How Shall We Grow? — Creating a Shared Vision for Central Florida.”

County chairs from seven Central Florida counties (Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia) will meet for the initial Regional Leadership Council meeting on Wednesday, April 26, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Coral Ballroom of the Renaissance Resort at Sea World, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, as they embark on a 15-month visioning campaign.

This meeting will mark the first time the chairs from all Central Florida counties have officially gathered for a meeting since former Orange County Chairman Mel Martinez convened the county chairs in 2000. However, while that was a one-time occasion, creating a shared vision for Central Florida will require the chairs, along with mayors and other elected officials from the region, to meet regularly over the next 15 months. The Regional Leadership Council will participate in developing scenarios for the future and identifying key policies that will allow a shared regional vision to become reality.

According to myregion.org, the population of Central Florida has grown from 400,000 in 1950 to 3.5 million today, and the region is projected to add an additional 4 million residents by 2050. More than 5,000 citizens, community leaders and elected officials will be engaged in the process, which will culminate with the unveiling of the policy framework needed to implement a shared 50-year regional vision.

For more information about the Regional Leadership Council meeting, call Shelley Lauten, Director of myregion.org, at 407-835-2444 or e-mail shelley.lauten@orlando.org.

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