The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute finished an extraordinary year of progress in 2015, with substantive political debates, a much-cited inaugural GOP primary poll, important lectures, the conferring of the first MPP degrees in the history of Florida, and more.
Hosting Community Events – Governor and Mayor – At the request of the Governor, JU PPI hosted the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare Policy and Hospital Funding in July at JU (four meetings were held statewide). In addition, JU PPI hosted Mayor Lenny Curry’s Mayoral Transition Committees (May through early July) and will host a Mayoral town hall meeting at JU on the Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) this month. JU PPI also hosts other groups, including the Children’s Commission.
JU PPI Television Commentary – In 2015, local television media began turning more and more to JU PPI for expert commentary on public policy and politics. Since March 1, JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney has appeared more than 30 times on television, particularly WJXT, to provide expert commentary. The exposure had a value worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the University, according to a study by an MPP student.