In her blog, The Bottom Line, Beth Kassab continues her criticism of the "newly" formed Central Florida Partnership. Personally, I think there is a need for the new organization, and I believe it can coexist with other groups with similar-but-different missions such as the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, the Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Disney Entrepreneur Center. I hope the CFP will drive public policy discussion about important issues like commuter rail, education and growth management - and leave the economic, tourism and start-up development to those other groups.
Nevertheless, I think the rollout of the CFP could have been handled in a more open, less contrived manner. For example, I was at the meeting in which the old chamber voted to create the new partnership, and I thought it was strange that in a crowded room, the member who made the motion and the member who seconded the motion both had microphones in hand. That's quite a coincidence. I wanted to second the motion, but I neglected to bring my microphone.
My bottom line: The CFP is very much needed in this region, but if the CFP wants to shape public policy, it would be best to include the public.