Center Initiatives, with links to websites:
Credit Scholarship Program
A new scholarship
program entitled the “The Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program” (F.S.
220.187) was passed during the 2001 legislative session with implementation
commencing January 1, 2002. This scholarship program is designed to assist
Florida's low-income families who want to send their children to a private
school or to another public school through a scholarship program funded by
Education Commission of Palm Beach
Education Commission of Palm Beach was established to serve as a springboard for
educational reform in Palm Beach County. Their mission includes carefully
reviewing and evaluating the existing Palm Beach County education system,
advocating for the establishment of research-based solutions, and recommending
county-wide comprehensive plans to promote the successful education of their
Florida Civic Education
In 1999, the
Collins Center for Public Policy, Inc. developed The Collins Legislative
Classroom, a pilot model program designed to increase high school student
knowledge about the democratic process and how government works.
Voluntary Code of Fair Campaign Practices
the Collins Center's early projects was a 1991 convening of citizens that
devised the Florida Voluntary Code of Fair Campaign Practices for
candidates, news media and the public.
Following the Election
2000 controversy in Florida, Governor Jeb Bush asked the Collins Center to
organize and staff the Governor's Select Task Force on Elections Procedures,
Standards and Technology. Its purpose was to research the best practices for
elections procedures and standards and to find the best available technology, to
take public testimony and input, and to recommend solutions to the Governor and
Overtown Civic Partnership and Design Center
Civic Partnership and Design Center assists neighborhood residents and
institutions to visualize, plan and execute a comprehensive community and
economic development program to create a vibrant mixed-income, and mixed-used
Council for Sustainable Florida
for Sustainable Florida is
a new subsidiary of the Collins Center, joining our organization in July 2004.
The Council is a unique collaboration of business, government and citizen
leaders who are committed to conserving Florida's vast natural and economic
Community Voices Miami
In June 2003, Community
Voices Miami, an
organization that helps fund neighborhood-based healthcare projects, joined the
Collins Center as an integral part of our efforts to analyze tough issues and
find creative solutions for the people of Florida and the nation.
Forum is a new leadership and public policy project dedicated to promoting a
dynamic pro-community, pro-equity economic and trade policy agenda at the local,
hemispheric and international level. It is a forum for creative and innovative
people dedicated to transcending and transforming the increasingly polarized
public and policy discourse about communities, globalization, regional economic
integration, etc. This work will require a completely different vision of what
modern communities and regions can be, new models of leadership and a critical
mass of action-oriented "visioneers" who understand both the art of community
building and the science of policy formulation and development.
The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
The Funders' Network is an active resource and focal
point for foundations, nonprofit organizations and other partners working to
solve the environmental, social and economic problems created by suburban sprawl
and urban disinvestment. It informs funders of critical policy and grassroots
developments; enables program staff to share effective strategies and tools;
builds the capacity of key constituencies to promote smart growth and livable
communities; and raises awareness about the interdisciplinary nature of these
issues and the need for sustained engagement by a diverse coalition of funders.
The Growth Partnership
The Growth Partnership is a
program that unites businesses, policymakers, and communities dedicated to
revitalizing and developing Florida's urban areas.