Rollins Students Engage in a Shared Vision for Central Florida

May 04, 2010

growOn Tuesday, April 21, Rollins students, along with staff in the Office of Community Engagement, participated in a day of discussions titled, "Regional Research and Resolves." Hosted by as part of the Central Florida Partnership, participants included public, private, and civic leaders involved in Leadership Orlando Class of 79, Leadership Orlando alumni and the East Orlando Chamber.

Throughout the day Rollins students engaged in conversations about Central Florida's regional growth vision and impacts on the global community as a "World Class Region."  Participants brainstormed key indicators of a 21st century global community, including access to mutilmodal transportation, cutting-edge research and medical facilitates, sustainable development, economic impact, global diversity, arts and culture. Students also discussed Amendment 4: Hometown Democracy , SunRail, Florida High Speed Rail and education.

Lieutenant Governor of Florida Jeffrey D. Kottkamp discussed the future of the Space Program and its impact on the region. Kottkamp has been working closely with President Obama during his visits to the Space Coast.

Shelley Lauten, president of, challenged participants to think about their next steps as civic leaders.

"With this information you now have the responsibility to educate others on the issues and opportunities shaping our region," she said.

signLauten invited participants to further their involvement by applying to serve on one of the Regional Boards of Advisors or attending the 2010 Super Regional Leadership Conference in May, hosted by the Central Florida and Tampa Bay Partnerships.

"I really enjoyed learning about the future of business development in Central Florida,” said Sean Ferguson (‘10MBA).  “It's an exciting time to be a resident here.”

 “It’s so important for students to be involved in these conversations,” said Allison Arof (Class of 2010), who has served as an intern for throughout the semester. “I continue to learn so much about our region and I feel empowered and excited to be involved.”
The students left the event with new connections and excitement for the future.

"Throughout the day, Rollins students networked with key leaders, including Rollins alumni that play important roles in building the future of Central Florida,” said Director of Community Engagement Micki Meyer. “Our goal is for Rollins students and alumni to continue to serve as leaders of our community by playing an active role in shaping tomorrow."’s efforts and programs are led by public, private and civic leaders who encourage cooperation in creating a comprehensive vision for Central Florida's future. For more information on or the 2010 Super Regional Leadership Conference, please visit

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