Florida lobbyists to hold annual industry summit Sept. 3-5 in Tampa

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Once a year, members of Florida’s political influence industry get together for a chance to cut loose — network, swap “war stories,” meet and greet legislators, learn good practices and have an overall good time.

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Conference of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, set for September 3-5 at Tampa’s Grand Hyatt on Bayport Drive.

FAPL works to establish and advocate standards for those in the lobbying profession, with a focus on education and ethical conduct. The essence of the of the Association is to uphold the Code of Ethics, backed up with regulatory and dispute mediation processes to keep members to the highest standards of industry professionalism.

Ethics and good practices are the underlying themes of the three-day Conference, which will offer members — through a variety of topics, seminars and roundtable discussions — enough earned hours for an official Designated Professional Lobbyist designation.

Some of the proposed seminar topics: Preparing for Your Compensation Audit, highlighting new requirements from the state of Florida for periodic random audits, marketing and business practices, and one titled “Partisan Views of the Upcoming Elections.”

Among a few of the roundtable discussions: Insurance, health care, transportation, public safety and economic development.

The registration fees are $375 for FAPL members, $450 if bringing a spouse; non-members expect to pay $500, which includes a one-year FAPL membership, $575 if bringing one guest/spouse.

Mail in Registration forms and sponsorship forms are both available online. Grand Hyatt reservations – for a special $99 per night room rate — are also available at the Grand Hyatt website.

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