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FAU’s James Murley Appointed to Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus System

BOCA RATON, FL (July 21, 2010) – James Murley, assistant dean and senior research assistant for climate and energy at Florida Atlantic University, has been named as a caucus member of the Florida Chamber Foundation to assist in the expansion of its research and policy development. The caucus system is designed to garner the input of local and regional subject matter experts.

“I am honored to represent FAU and the Florida Energy and Climate Commission on this prestigious committee,” said Murley. “It was specifically created to develop a long range economic vision for Florida and I look forward to making a positive impact on its future.”

Caucus members are comprised of the State’s “best and brightest” with commitments aligned to one of the “Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy.”  Murley will serve on the Infrastructure and Growth Leadership Caucus.

 “Florida is moving toward its next economy, and the Foundation’s new caucus system will prove to be an invaluable framework to help get us there,” said Jeff Lyash, chair of the board of trustees of the foundation and executive vice president of corporate development for Progress Energy Florida. “I would like to personally thank the volunteers who have been selected to serve on each caucus for their time commitment and offering their invaluable expertise towards this great cause.”

Murley also is the chair of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission, a former secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs, and the former executive director of 1,000 Friends of Florida.   He also is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

As the leading edge of the Florida Chamber enterprise, the Foundation is a problem-solver and research organization, working in partnership with state business leaders to promote a vibrant Florida economy. Last year, the Foundation piloted the caucus system with the successful operation of the Innovation & Economic Development Caucus. The platform is now being broadened to include a caucus for each of the Six Pillars. 

The product of years of collaboration and more than $1 million in research by the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Six Pillars identify the critical factors determining Florida’s future are: Talent Supply & Education; Innovation & Economic Development; Infrastructure & Growth Leadership; Business Climate & Competitiveness; Civic & Governance Systems; and Quality of Life & Quality Places.

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