Current Committees 

The Higher Education Committee was formed in May 2007 to focus on issues relating to the governance, policies, processes, and funding of Florida’s public and private colleges and universities.  In addition to publishing Closing the Talent Gap in 2010, the Council has more recently issued position statements relating to Bright Futures (Apr. 2014; Apr. 2014 follow-up) and performance-based funding.  All higher education publications may be found here.
The PreK-12 Education committee was established in May 2007 to address topics relating to Prek-12 education (e.g., standards and assessments, accountability, instruction, choice, funding).  In addition to publishing Closing the Talent Gap in 2010, the Council has more recently issued position statements relating to  Common Core State Standards and assessments and student and systemic accountability (Feb. 2014; Sept. 2014; Nov. 2014; Dec. 2015).  All PreK-12 education publications may be found here.
The Business Climate & Policy Committee was created in May 2012 to address issues relating to the economic growth of Florida and the economic well-being of its citizens.  More recent Council publications in this area include a position letter regarding state water policy, and an advocacy piece about the need for federal funding to combat the Zika virus, and a letter to legislative leaders regarding the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.  All business climate and policy publications may be found here.
The Constitution Revision Commission Task Force was created in August 2016 to monitor the actions of the Commission and offer recommendations when appropriate.

Past Committees, Task Forces & Working Groups

The Business Higher Education Partnership was formed in 1996.  It was comprised of 24 members: 12 business CEOs, and 12 from higher education (four state universities; four private universities and colleges; and four community colleges).  The partnership published several key documents, including The Emerging Catastrophe and How to Prevent ItCatastrophe ForestalledBursting at the Seams, and Opportunity 2000: A New Agenda.

In each of the first three reports, the Partnership concluded that Florida could increase its capacity to educate more students and increase the quality of education without a tax increase.  Substantial progress was made over the three years by the state in addressing these issues.  In early 2000 and based on conversations with Governor Bush and then Chancellor Adam Herbert of the State University System, the partnership moved to a new top priority – to improve university research capability and business partnerships, and develop more college graduates and information-age workers to enhance Florida’s economic development climate. The partnership devoted time in advance of the 2000 spring general membership meeting to visit with some of the key people and offices in Washington, D.C. responsible for determining optimal location of research funding.

The partnership also provided input to the Florida Education Governance Transition Task Force, which was charged with developing the proposals to implement the 1998 changes to the Florida Constitution regarding education governance.  Primarily because of the new state focus on education from a K-20 perspective, the partnership was dissolved in April 2002, with the intention of further Council higher education work being coordinated by the newly formed K-20 Education committee.

The Class Size Working Group was established in December 2005 to support the proposed legislative resolution to the class size amendment during the 2006 session so that it will make the 2006 November ballot.  The class size proposals proposed by the legislature did not make it through the 2006 legislative session.
The Civil Service Working Group, formerly the Modernizing Civil Service Task Force, was established in 1999.  The working group’s goal was to see if there were opportunities for Florida’s state government to improve the efficiency of the civil service system, increase the attractiveness of public service career opportunities, and thereby increase the productivity of state employees.  Early objectives were to define a set of desirable changes to civil service to recommend to the Governor and to assist the Governor in implementing the recommendations.

Following a series of meetings with government employees and private sector human resource managers, attorneys, and consultants, the task force published its report, entitled Modernizing Florida’s Civil Service System: Moving from Protection to Performance in November 2000. The Council of 100 also conducted a news conference in Tallahassee and briefed Governor Bush, Speaker of the House Tom Feeney, and President of the Senate John McKay on the proposals in late December 2000.  Governor Bush incorporated many of the Council proposals in his “Service First” proposal, which became the basis of legislation that was signed into law May 14, 2001.

The task force transitioned to a working group in November 2001 and focused on assisting the Florida Department of Management Services in the implementation of the Service First initiative.  The Council of 100 assembled a 14-company team to assist Secretary Henderson and her staff.  The working group was helpful in getting the outsourcing initiative passed during the 2002 legislative session.  Having met its objectives, the Council Board of Directors dissolved the working group in May 2002.

Due to a combination of the economic downturn in the spring of 2001 and the horrific events of September 11, the Council was keenly aware of the critical economic situation in which Florida found itself.  To be a part of the solution of these challenges, the Council established the Economic Recovery Task Force.  The primary purpose of the short-term Economic Recovery Task Force was to provide ideas and recommendations to Governor Bush and the Legislature on how to stimulate Florida’s economy immediately, and to improve it over the next 12 months.

The Council of 100 sent a Position Letter on Sales Tax Reform, dated January 18, 2002, to Governor Bush, Speaker Feeney and Senate President McKay stating its position on the tax reform proposal to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.  Additionally, a copy of the letter was sent to all 160 legislators on January 22, 2002.  The Task Force also developed a Crisis Response Report in September 2002 that was sent to the Governor’s office and Enterprise Florida for future use.  The Council Board of Directors dissolved the task force in May 2002 since its primary task to help stimulate Florida’s economy had been achieved.

In September 2002, Florida Board of Education Chairman Phil Handy asked the Council to assist the Board with the implementation of the new K-20 governance system. The Council of 100 agreed and formed the Education Governance Task Force. The mission of the task force was to “provide strategic concepts for improving education governance to the Florida Board of Education as it develops its strategic plan.”  In January 2002, the task force released a position paper stating its support for the new K-20 education governance system, entitled Position Paper on Education Governance: January 2002.

With the conclusion of the 2002 legislative session, the restructured K-20 governance structure was implemented.  Consequently, the task force folded into a new K-20 Education Committee in May 2002, which continued to focus on K-20 education issues. 

The mission of this Task Force was to foster a secure future for Florida and its citizenry and guests, by developing a state energy policy (residential, industrial, transportation) based on sustainability, long-term diversity, cost competitiveness, and delivery systems that create opportunities for innovation, new industry, and high-quality jobs.
Established in June 2005, the Florida’s Future Task Force determined the top eight key challenges in Florida’s future over the next decade and beyond, and developed broad strategies to get Florida there.  The task force’s mission was to “identify the top challenges that will affect Florida’s future, to assess the Council’s ability to have an impact on the resolution of the issues, and determine the appropriate structure to address these challenges.”  The Council’s final report, Preparing for the Future, was released in early February 2006, and the task force was disestablished in April 2006.
The goal of the Front Porch Florida Working Group, formerly the Task Force to Improve Business Opportunities and Capital Investment in the Urban Core was to develop ideas to improve the economic well-being of Front Porch Florida entrepreneurs and residents.  Early on in 1999, the task force had selected two major priorities: to develop a compendium of best practices from around Florida and the nation and to help in the formulation and implementation of Governor Bush’s Front Porch Florida program.  The task force report, entitled Revitalizing Florida’s Communities: A Report From the Florida Council of 100, was distributed in January 2000.  Over 1,800 copies were sent to all members of the Florida Legislature, selected agencies in the Governor’s office and across state government, Governor’s Revitalization Councils in the Front Porch communities, and all mayors, economic development councils, chambers of commerce, and college and university libraries across Florida.

The Front Porch Florida Working Group also assisted the Front Porch Florida program by providing Council members to serve as Council liaisons to many of the Front Porch Florida Communities.  The working group released a report, Front Porch Florida: The Florida Council of 100 Involvement From 1999-2004, in February 2004 documenting the Council’s involvement with Front Porch Florida over the last five years.  The Front Porch Florida Working Group was dissolved in February 2004.

Established in May 2006 based on the Council of 100 internal prioritization process, the Growth Leadership Task Force’s mission was to promote incentive-based, growth leadership and regional cooperation that aligns economic development, sustainable growth and environmental stewardship to enhance quality of life for current and future generations of Floridians.
The Task Force to Close the Gap in Education was formed in early 1999 and had two major priorities: to support the Bush/Brogan A+ Plan for education reform and to develop a program to improve the performance of low performing schools.   Activities in support of the A+ Plan in 1999 included an op-ed article in over 25 Florida newspapers and publication of a booklet describing the A+ Plan from the Council’s view point, entitled The Florida Council of 100 Review of The Bush/Brogan A+ Plan to Improve Education.

The Task Force then became the PASS Working Group, which created the Partnership to Advance School Success (PASS) program in September 1999 in partnership with the South Florida Annenberg Challenge. The PASS concept was for Council CEOs to provide both personal time and company funds, along with matching funds from the South Florida Annenberg Challenge and school districts, to improve “D” graded schools to “A” over a three year period. Primary emphasis was to be on providing both business and educational acumen to the school CEO (the principal); coupled with financial incentives to be used as agreed by the involved participants. A pilot program during the 1999-2000 school year with seven “D” schools showed the potential benefits of PASS; two schools improved to a “B” grade, four improved to a “C” grade, and one remained at a “D” grade.  The program has now grown to 65 models throughout the state.  Attached is an evaluation report utilizing FCAT data through the 2006 school year.

The PASS Working Group was dissolved in November 2002 when PASS became part of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge’s successor organization, the Council for Educational Change).

The Higher Education Funding Task Force was established in November 2002. The mission of the task force was to review all aspects of higher education funding: state support, tuition, research, grants and scholarships, private sector support, and develop proposals for improvement.  The task force released its initial position paper, Higher Education Funding Task Force Position Paper, in March 2003.  The position paper established the position of the Council of 100 regarding funding policy issues for higher education.

During the fall of 2003, the task force conducted a three-month study of higher education in Florida with the objective of improving quality and accessibility for state residents through adjustments to several funding sources affecting the allocation of state funds.  The task force released a press release about its report, We Must Do Better!  Moving Florida’s State University System to the Next Level in Quality and Accessibility, on March 18, 2004.

The task force continued to monitor higher education funding issues during the 2005 legislative session when it was dissolved.

The Teacher Quality Task Force was established in November 2002.  The mission of the task force was to develop strategic proposals to improve the quality, quantity and stature of preK-12 teachers in the state of Florida.  The task force worked with the Florida Board of Education, whose number one Strategic Imperative was to increase the supply of highly qualified K-12 instructors.

In December 2003, the task force sent a letter to Governor Bush, the House Speaker, and the Senate President offering the Council’s support for the Better Educated Students and Teachers (BEST) Act (differentiated pay), passed during the 2003 legislative session.  Additionally, the task force sent a letter to the Governor and legislative leadership reflecting opposition to the accelerated high school graduation option that was passed during the 2003 legislative session.  The task force was dissolved in February 2004.

The Tort Reform Task Force supported the 1999 Tort Reform Act, which leveled the playing field for all parties in a civil suit, while insuring fair compensation for an injured plaintiff.  During the 2003 legislative session, the task force focused on Workers’ Compensation Reform and Medical Malpractice Liability Reform to ensure these reforms were passed.  The task force supported the recommendations of the Governor’s Select Taskforce on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance (Summary on Medical Liability Insurance Report) and the Governor’s Commission on Workers’ Compensation Reform (Summary of Workers’ Compensation Report).

The task force continued to monitor tort reform issues during the 2004 and 2005 legislative sessions, working with our partners at Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.  The task force kept abreast of the 2006 legislative session, and offered the Council’s position on tort reform in a letter sent to the Governor, Speaker of the House and President of the Senate in February 2006.  The task force was pleased to see significant tort reform passed, and the Executive Committee agreed to disestablish the task force in July, as it had met its objective. 

The Water Management Task Force was established in May 2002 to address water supply concerns and provide statewide, strategic recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by the fall of 2003. The mission of the Water Management Task Force was to recommend statewide water management policies and recommendations…that foster sustainable environmentally sound water supplies and resources that are economically feasible to meet current and future Florida needs.

The task force spent a year and a half conducting research in order to determine the key water management issues and developing statewide policy recommendations.  The task force released its final report in September 2003, entitled Improving Florida’s Water Supply Management Structure: Ensuring and Sustaining Environmentally Sound Water Supplies and Resources to Meet Current and Future Needs.