The second meeting of 2012-2013 Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) was held on Wednesday, June 20. "We were joined by members of the Volusia County Young Professional Group who came to learn more about how YPAC operates," said 2012-2013 Chair, Michelle Chandler. The meeting was also a chance to continue to explore other opportunities to work together and further our "regional discussion."
The guest speaker was Shelly Lauten, President of myregion.org, wholed a discussion that was focused on The Central Florida Partnership's efforts to work together with the private, public and non-profit sectors to solve the issues that we face as a region. The conversation began with a high level discussion of the issues YPAC believes are facing our region. Some of the topics that were covered included transportation, STEM, space technology, manufacturing in the global economy and the depletion of water resources.
The conversation narrowed to a more focused discussion on identifying the most important concerns that the younger generation represented in YPAC felt the Central Florida region should focus on when addressing the topic of Regional Transportation including:
How to create a multi-modal infrastructure system? (SunRail, LYNX buses, cars, taxis, bikes, and pedestrian access)
Explore how Rail connects to regional amenities (Disney and OIA)
Get community buy-in, committed to using a regional transportation system
Is there privatization potential?
Issue of safety / security
The meeting was an engaging and lively event in which all 75 attendees had an opportunity to voice their opinions, questions and concerns about the issues facing our region. "This was a meeting that truly reinforced YPAC's goal to educate a new generation on the issues that Central Florida faces as we continue to grow together as one region," added Chandler, Principal, SchenkelShultz Architecture.