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JD Alexander, other elected officials, to attend Florida Poly Vision unveling

No surprise here.

Sen. JD Alexander, who was able to push his pitch to create the 12th university through the Legislature and past Gov. Rick Scott's signature, will attend a press conference today in Lakeland announcing a new Florida Polytechnic support group.

The PR firm handling the event, which has also represented Alexander, sent out a revised news release Thursday morning, alerting media that several elected officials will be in attendance.

Those include: Alexander; Rep. Ben Albritton (R-Bartow); Rep. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland); Winter Haven Mayor James H. Powell; Auburndale Mayor Jack Myers, who previously worked as a consultant at the University of South Florida Polytechnic (pre-independence push); and Polk County commissioners Melony Bell, R. Todd Dantzler, Bob English and Edwin Smith.

The group, according to PR director Sarah Bascom, will help drum up fundraising the way booster or alumni associations at established universities do, said Sarah Bascom. It will also be available "to serve as hosts to visitors, a positive voice of support in the media, host round table community discussions and help spread the word that Polk County is excited and ready to help Polytechnic reach its needed benchmarks," Bascom said in an e-mail.

A web site devoted to the effort is counting down the minutes until the 11 a.m. news conference. 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:52am]


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