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PLI Profile: Alachua County Vice Mayor Ben Boukari

PLI Profile: Alachua County Vice Mayor Ben Boukari

ben boukariEven though he had been in office since 2010, City of Alachua Vice Mayor Ben Boukari decided in 2013 to learn more about leadership by participating in the 2013 Public Leadership Institute. Today, Boukari highly recommends the experience to potential participants from aspiring leaders to citizens who are interested in learning about public policy, candidacy and what it can be like to an elected or appointed official.

“The most valuable take-away was that I personally learned a lot from the diverse group, which broadened my views on different issues and helped me better comprehend what people are facing from their perspective,” said Boukari. “The experience as a whole was fantastic and definitely one I would recommend.”

The Business Community Coalition (BCC) has opened the application period for the 2015 Public Leadership Institute, a partnership between the Gainesville Area Chamber, the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors and the Builders Association of North Central Florida. This competitive program will provide participants an opportunity to learn about leadership, candidacy, and public policy issues — from “getting on the ballot to sitting in the seat”—in a small setting. No commitment to run for office is required.

“I also like that the program is bipartisan and specifically about leadership,” Boukari said.

Applications are due by July 2 and can be accessed here. For more information, contact or at 352-378-2498.

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