International College Presents at Historic Public Administration Conference

A delegation of students and faculty from International College were among the more than 400 who recently convened in Clearwater, Florida, to attend the first statewide public administration conference hosted by The Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).International College Professor of Public Policy & Administration Dr. Telemate Jackreece was among the professional experts selected to lead a session during the inaugural event which was organized to address state issues relating to growth.

In a presentation entitled “Right Information for Growth Management Decision Making: The Case of Two Florida Local Governing Bodies," Dr. Jackreece revealed findings of research conducted with governing and planning authorities in both Collier and Lee Counties.

According to Dr. Jackreece there is often a time consuming and confusing volume of information local planners must digest before they are able to fully evaluate or act on a vital growth management issue.

Jackreece, joined by students in his Public Policy and Analysis class, sought to determine if there were more efficient methods of submitting information or petitions.

Data generated from nearly 40 respondents now appears in the report – Right Information Helps Local Government Act Efficiently on Growth Management Issues.

Dr. Jackreece noted that an overwhelming majority of respondents said more concise narratives of the petition (or what is being requested) accompanied with graphic illustrations were extremely important.

In other findings, the respondents overwhelmingly viewed media treatment of petitions as not important.

International College Public Administration Professor Dr. Douglas Landau and seven graduate students enrolled in the Masters in Public Administration Program also attended the conference.

In addition to drawing praise for the research, ASPA National President Donald Menzel congratulated International College for bringing such a strong student contingency.

“This event not only provided a great opportunity for our students to contribute in workshops and panel settings, but it also provided a wonderful networking opportunity,” said Dr. Doug Landau.

“These same students are also mid-career professionals who work fulltime in areas like our court system, the county library, education, law enforcement, healthcare and tourism. The relationships formed through their attendance at this conference could be very valuable in their future roles as public administration professionals,” added Landau.

International College attendants at the Florida Public Administration Society’s first statewide conference were as follows: MPA Students Arthur Boyer, Andrea Brenn, Valerie Heinssen, Karin Grant, Elena Sokolova, Jake Voigt, and Richard Whitehouse; Professor of Public Policy & Administration Dr. Telemate Jackreece and Professor of Public Administration Dr. Doug Landau.

To learn more about the “Right Information" report or for information on International College’s Master of Public Administration Program, call (239) 513-1122.
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