Trump Administration Accomplishments

Economy

President Trump’s policies have put the American economy into high gear.

• Since President Trump was elected over 6.9 million jobs have been created.

o This is 4.8 million more jobs than what the Congressional Budget Office projected prior to the 2016 election.
o Since the President was elected, 2.1 million prime-age workers have come off the sidelines and joined the labor force.

• Highlights of October’s jobs report:

o A net 223,000 jobs were added and the total employment “jumped to 158.5 million” a new record high.

▪ The August report was revised from 168,000 to 219,000 and the September report revised from 136,000 to 180,000.

o The unemployment rate was a near historic low 3.6%.
▪ October marked the 20th consecutive month that the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%.

o Wage growth remained strong at 3% year over year.

• Throughout the Trump Administration we have seen record low unemployment for women, African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans.

• The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs more than 80 times under President Trump, including closing higher than 26,000 points for the first time in its history.

• Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hard-working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the first major tax reform signed in 30 years.

o As a result of the historic tax cuts, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories. Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact nearly 35 million Americans.

o The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the Child Tax Credit by 100% keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking mothers.

• Economic confidence rebounded to record highs under President Trump because his pro-growth policies have and continue to put American workers and businesses first.

• President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations at a historic pace.

o The administration has cut 8 and a half regulations for every new rule.

▪ This far exceeds the promise made to cut 2 regulations for every 1 regulation added.
o Regulatory costs have been slashed by nearly $50 billion and have saved taxpayers $220 billion once actions are implemented.

o The deregulation efforts will save American households an estimated $3,100 per year.

o The Administration formed the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation which aims to better align state and Federal efforts to cut additional unnecessary regulations and costs.

Immigration

President Trump is working to secure our border.

• President Trump is fulfilling his promise to build a border wall, with sizable portions already finished or under construction.

o It’s expected that 450 miles will be finished by the end of the year. o To date, 66 miles of the new wall has replaced an old and ineffective barrier.

o Currently, 167 miles of wall is under construction in high entry sectors such as San Diego, El Centro, El Paso, and Yuma.

o The new wall has contributed to a 56% overall decrease in the number of illegal migrant arrivals at the border.

• Under President Trump, the U.S. Border Patrol has arrested hundreds of members of dangerous gangs.

• The President has strongly enforced our nation’s immigration laws by cracking down on illegal immigration and taken aim at “sanctuary cities.”

• President Trump has called on Congress to close dangerous loopholes such as “Catch and Release,” end chain migration, and end the visa lottery program which enables illegal immigration.

• The administration is looking to close the Flores Settlement Agreement that requires the government to release families into the country after 20 days. This loophole has been exploited by smugglers who use children as pawns to enter our country.

• We are closing asylum loopholes – recently, the administration instituted a new rule requiring migrants who come to our border to have previously applied and been denied to a country they passed through.

• The Trump Administration announced they are releasing a “Public Charge Rule” that will ensure non-citizens do not abuse our nation’s public benefits. This rule will go into effect on 10/15/19.

• President Trump was successful in his efforts to get Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries to step up and help stop the crisis at the border.

o President Trump’s successful negotiations have led to 28% drop in migrants taken into custody in June.

• In May, President Trump announced a new immigration proposal that would modernize our system and secure the border.

• The Administration has made it a priority to end human trafficking and is using many resources to do so.

o The Administration provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

o The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged in ACTeam districts.

Foreign Policy

President Trump has restored our nation’s standing in the world and is standing up to bad actors.

• The United States has successfully decimated ISIS.

• Under President Trump, the number one terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was taken out.

• President Trump fulfilled his promise to name Jerusalem Israel’s capital city and moved the U.S. Embassy

• President Trump held two historic summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, further demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

• President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Agreement and instituted the toughest sanctions in history to drive the regime’s oil exports to zero.

o In June 2019, President Trump signed an executive order that authorizes expanded sanctions against Iran.

• The Administration has vigorously and quickly enforced red lines against regimes and individuals that use chemical weapons.

• The Trump Administration has imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals previously indicted for their roles in Russian interference in our election.

• The Trump Administration imposed hard-hitting sanctions against Iran’s national bank.

Trade

President Trump is delivering on his promise to correct trade imbalances.

• The Trump Administration had taken unprecedented steps to modernize and improve trading practices and negotiate freer, fairer, and reciprocal trade agreements with our global allies.

• President Trump has kept his promise to deliver a modern and rebalanced trade deal to replace NAFTA. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA)

o When ratified, the USCMA would spur economic growth, create 176,000 jobs, add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy, and raise wages.

• President Trump negotiated a new United States-Japan trade deal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is one of our strongest economic partners and this trade deal builds on that artnership. It is a big win for American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.

• The Administration revised the United States -Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) to make it more beneficial to American workers.

• The President and European Union President Juncker agreed to a new trade deal that strengthens and reforms our trade relationship. The agreement:

o Works toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, zero subsidies on non-automotive industrial goods.

o Makes it easier for the EU to purchase liquefied gas.

o Reduces trade and bureaucratic obstacles between the U.S. and the EU.

o Addresses unfair trade practices.

• President Trump used tariffs to rattle China’s economy and leaders for their trade cheating. The Administration is continuing to wok on this trade agreement and will not accept a bad deal

• President Trump withdrew the United States from the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

• President Trump has forced our allies to recommit to NATO.

• The Trump Administration has protected farmers from unfair trade practices by authorizing $12 billion in aid to the American agricultural heartland under The Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act.

Judicial

President Trump continues to reshape the Federal judiciary at a record pace and is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

• President Trump has nominated, and the Senate has confirmed a grand total of 155 Article III judges:

o 2 Supreme Court Justices – Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh.

o 43 Circuit Court judges

o 110 District Court judges

Health Care

President Trump has reduced the cost of health care and taken significant steps to fight the opioid epidemic.

• President Trump has prioritized fixing our broken health care system and worked with Congress to implement a system that works for all Americans.

• The President has made it clear patients with preexisting conditions will be protected.

• The individual mandate penalty has been eliminated.

• Association Health Plans have been expanded.

• Short-term, limited duration insurance plans have been extended. • President Trump is working to implement his plan to lower prescription drugs.

• Under the Trump Administration, we have seen the first ever decline of average benchmark premiums on the federal health care exchange.

• The President signed an Executive Order to improve seniors’ healthcare and improve the fiscal sustainability of Medicare.

• Reforms to expand Medicare Advantage options and Health Reimbursement Accounts have been expanded.

• President Trump mobilized his entire administration to address the drug addiction and opioid abuse by declaring a Nationwide Public Health Emergency.

• President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to fight the opioid epidemic.

• The Administration launched FindTreatment.gov a public resource to help combat substance abuse.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order that increases price and quality transparency.

• The Administration has committed to ending surprise billing.

• The Trump Administration has promoted innovation and solutions to expand treatment options for Americans living with disease.

Environment

President Trump is promoting a clean and healthy environment for all Americans.

• The President and the Administration are continuing to pursue policies that encourage environmental protection while promoting economic growth.

o Since 2005, our energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country. This is expected to decrease in 2019 and 2020.

• Our nation’s environmental record is one of the strongest in the world.

o According to the White House, from 1970 to 2018, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants fell 74% while the economy grew over 275%.

• We have the cleanest air on record and remain a global leader for access to clean drinking water. The President has taken important steps to restore, preserve, and protect our land, air, and waters.

o The Save our Seas Act was signed into law in 2018. This law reauthorized the NOAA Marine Debris Program, promoting international action to reduce marine debris and authorizing cleanup and response actions that may be needed.

o The EPA has taken significant steps to clean up our contaminated sites and hazardous sites.

▪ In FY2018, the EPA completed cleanup work on 22 Superfund sites from the National Priorities list. This is the largest number in one year since 2005.

o The EPA is more efficiently implementing air quality standards that will better protect the environment and human health.

• The President’s management of our nation’s lands promotes conservation while encouraging good stewardship and expanding recreational opportunities.

o Just this year, President Trump signed legislation designating 1.3 million new acres of wilderness – the largest public lands legislation in a decade.

o The Department of the Interior proposed to open more than 1 million acres of land for expanded hunting and fishing access.

o The President took important action to improve management of forests to help prevent devastating forest fires.

Energy

President Trump’s policies have begun to unleash our nation’s energy potential.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and open more leases to develop offshore drilling.

• The Administration acted aggressively to increase exports of energy resources to the global market and allowed financing for coal and fossil energy projects.
• President Trump has approved the infrastructure and provided the resources needed to unleash Oil and gas production in the U.S. o The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines were approved, supporting an estimated total of 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in wages.

o The New Burgos Pipeline, a cross-border project that will export U.S. gasoline to Mexico, was approved.

o The Trump Administration reversed President Obama’s moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on Federal lands.

• The President rescinded President Obama’s costly Clean Power Plan.

• The President proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule to reduce greenhouse gasses, empower states, promote energy independence, and facilitate economic growth and job creation.

• The Administration has rescinded many costly Obama-Era regulations including the methane emissions rule that would cost American energy developers an estimated $530 million annually.

• The President announced his intent to withdrawal the U.S. from the unfair Paris Climate Accord.

Education

President Trump and his administration are putting students and families first.

• The President understands the importance of education and continues to declare the last week in January National School Choice Week.

• The President signed a historic Executive Order that promotes and protects free speech on college campuses.

• President Trump and his Administration support the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act.

• In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.

• The President continues to work with the Department of Education to expand transparency and give students expanded access to vital information about the career outcomes of the programs they enroll in.

• President Trump has made supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a top priority.

o In February 2017, President Trump announced the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.

o The President signed an Executive Order on HBCUs in February 2017, the earliest any President has signed an Order on HBCUs.

o The EO established an Interagency Working Group to advance and coordinate work regarding HBCUs.

o The federal HBCU initiative office was moved back into the White House.

o The President signed legislation to increase federal funding for HBCUs by 13%, the highest level ever.

o The President worked with Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants on summer classes.

o Through the Capital Financing Program, the Administration has provided more than $500 million in loans to HBCUs.

o The President directed the entire federal government to develop a strategy to support HBCUs. To date, this has been supported by 32 departments and agencies.

o The Department of Education worked with HBCUs to protect $80 million in Title III carryover funding.

o President Trump took a big step to end discriminatory restrictions to prevent faith based HBCUs from accessing federal support.

o The Administration continues to work with HBCUs to expand apprenticeship opportunities, career choices, and ensure they are receiving adequate support.

• The President is committed to expanding and strengthening education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM).

o President Trump issued a presidential memorandum encouraging the Department of Education to promote STEM, especially Computer Science.

o President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.

o The President signed the bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. This law provides the necessary training for students and workers to succeed in the 21st century economy.

o The President donated his 2017 second quarter salary to the Department of Education. The funds were used to host a STEM focused camp for students.

o President Trump signed the INSPIRE Act which encourages NASA to have more women and girls participate in STEM and pursue careers in aerospace.

• The President signed an Executive Order to expand apprenticeships in America.

• President Trump has encouraged state and federal lawmakers to expand school choice.

• The administration lowered regulatory hurdles and restored flexibility to schools with respect to menus in their cafeterias.

• President Trump is committed to making our schools safer.

o President Trump encouraged passage of the STOP School Violence Act to provide funding grants to schools to improve security measures.

o The Administration established a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make schools safer for all students and teachers.

Military and Veterans

President Trump is protecting America and our allies by rebuilding our military and ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve.

• President Trump has restored American military strength.

• Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed two historic National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) which allocate almost $1.5 trillion combined to rebuild and grow our military.

• The FY2019 NDAA included a 2.6% military pay raise, the largest in 9 years.

• President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.

• The President signed the V.A. Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).

• The Trump Administration created a new White House V.A. Hotline, staffed by veterans and family members.

• The Administration has secured a record $8.6 billion in funding for mental health services with the goal of ending the tragedy of veteran suicide.

• The Trump Administration has created the PREVENTS initiative, a task force aimed at unifying the efforts of government, businesses, and nonprofit groups to help our veterans.

• Veterans Affairs increased transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool.” This provides veterans a way to access wait time and quality of care data.

• In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.

o The President also called upon all 50 states to ensure that disabled veterans do not pay state tax on their forgiven debts.

• The number of unemployed veterans has been reduced by 37% under President Trump.

Women

Under President Trump’s administration, women have been empowered to reach their economic potential.

• Women have experienced record low unemployment under President Trump.

o In October, the women’s unemployment rate fell to a near record low 3.5%.

o The unemployment rate among women has been under 4% for 16 straight months.

• During the President’s first year in office, the number of American women in poverty fell by nearly 600,000.

• Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the child tax credit was doubled to $2,000 per child.

• The Trump Administration has prioritized empowering women to pursue careers and realize their economic potential.

o President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.

o President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the National Council For The American Worker.

o Over 300 companies and associations of all size and industry have signed the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, promising to create more than 14 million education, training, and skill-building opportunities over the next 5 years.

o Ivanka Trump created the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) to help 50 million women in developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025.
• Additional Trump Administration efforts to empower women globally include:

o The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi): Aims to mobilize more than $2.6 billion in capital for women entrepreneurs in 26 developing countries.

o The WomenConnect Challenge: Seeks to growth women’s access to digital technology and bridge the digital gender divide.

o The 2X Women’s Initiative: Aimed at mobilizing $1 billion in capital to support women living in the developing world. This initiative has already mobilized more than $140 million from the private sector to support women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

African Americans

The African American community is benefitting thanks to President Trump’s leadership and the booming economy.

• Under the Trump Administration, African American unemployment has reached record lows.

• In October, the African American unemployment rate hit a record low of 5.4%.

o The African American unemployment rate has been at or below 7% for 20 consecutive months.

o Prior to the Trump Administration, African American unemployment rate never dipped below 7%.

• Over 1.4 million new jobs have been created for African Americans.

• The poverty rate among African Americans is at its lowest level in history.

o During the President’s first year in office, the African American poverty rate fell to 21.2% down from 22% the year before.

o In 2016, 241,000 more African Americans were living in poverty.

• As a result of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories. Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact 1.4 million minority households.

• President Trump signed the historic FIRST STEP Act into law.

o The FIRST STEP ACT has been widely hailed as the most meaningful criminal justice reform in a generation.

o This landmark legislation included necessary reforms to our justice system, improves our prison system, and prepares inmates for reentry in our communities.

o President Trump was awarded the 2019 Bipartisan Justice award by the nonprofit 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center. The President received this award for his “ability to work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress in reforming our criminal justice system.”

• President Trump has committed his Administration to advancing second chance hiring for former prisoners. This includes launching a “Ready to Work Initiative.”

• The Trump Administration has fought for a federal tax credit on donations that fund scholarships to private schools, a proposal supported by 64% of African Americans.

• President Trump has made Historically Black Colleges and Universities a priority, including appropriating more money to HBCUs in one year than any other president and establishing a Presidential Board of Advisors on HBCUs.

Latino Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership the Latino American community has thrived.

• Under President Trump, Latino Americans have experienced record low unemployment.

• More than 2.7 million jobs have been created for Latino Americans.

• In October, the Latino American unemployment rate remained at a low 4.1%.

• The median Latino American income rose by $1,786 during President Trump’s first year in office.

o In 2017, the median Latino American income hit its highest ever recorded level ($50,486).

• Since taking office, the Latino American homeownership rose by more than a percentage point (46.3% to 47.4%).

• In addition to the booming economy, President Trump renegotiated freer and fairer trade deals such as the USMCA.

• President Trump has stood up to socialism and communism in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

o Thanks to pressure from President Trump, 50 countries followed President Trump’s leadership in recognizing Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

o The Trump administration has rolled back President Obama’s disastrous rapprochement with Cuba, which only benefited the country’s dictatorship instead of its people.

o At the direction of President Trump, the Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against senior officials in the Nicaraguan regime for their role in human rights abuses and undermining democracy.

• The President has made it clear that American interests do not align with failed socialist policies.

Asian Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership Asian American unemployment has reached record lows.

• Asian American unemployment hit a near record low of 2.9% in October.

• The lowest ever record unemployment rate for Asian Americans (2.1%) came in June 2019.

Campaign Fundraising Team Kicks Off With A Bang

Terry Capsay (left) tells her story with John Dugan

Fundraising Chairman John Dugan shared the progress for the month for beginning advertising sales for the 2020 Victory Guide that will be created for the Lincoln Reagan Dinner on February 15, 2020.

The guide will have updates on the status of the Republican party in Collier, goals and stories on the Republican Executive Committees goals and programs.

This project is the first project to be undertaken by the fundraising committee to raise the necessary funds to ensure Trump and fellow Republicans are elected in the 2020 election cycle.

John Thomas tells his sales strategy with John Dugan cheering him on.

Committee members Terry Capsay and John Thomas gave stories of the willingness of the business community to participate in the effort and share methods they used the past month to make the sales process easier for all members.

To join the team or to place an ad, contact John Dugan and the team at sales@colliergop.org.

Click Here to Download the Lincoln Reagan Program Form

 

Larry Ray, Collier County Tax Collector Addresses CCREC

Larry Ray, Collier County Tax Collector

Guest Presentation: Larry H. Ray, the Collier County Tax Collector, gave an informative and interesting presentation on the responsibilities of and services provided by the Collier County Tax Collector. The tax roll for Collier County for this year is over $1,100,000,000, which is slightly higher than last year.

Last year his office collected all the taxes that were due except for $10,000. He pointed out that he is one of five Constitutional Officers in Collier County, and soon every county in Florida will require its Tax Collector to be a Constitutional Officer.

The Tax Collector is also responsible for Department of Motor Vehicles, Driver Licenses, Concealed Carry Permits, Beach Parking Passes, among other things, and it carries out its business in twelve offices throughout the county.

Mr. Ray stressed that “service is our only product.”

Hispanic Outreach Update

Nanette Rivera, Co-Chair of the Campaign Committee updates the CCREC on the 2020 Campaign

Campaign Co-Chair Nanette Rivera updated the membership on the Hispanic Outreach program underway to the Collier County Republican Executive committee on November 4, 2019.

The highlighted points included the following:

  • The Hispanic messaging drive has been launched – the message is “Hispanic Values are Republican Values”
  • This message is being delivered to ALL 12,765 Hispanic HH in Collier County along with an invite to a 3-Kings Day Party so the Hispanic voters can meet their elected officials
  • This is the beginning of developing a republican relationship with this important voter segment
  • With this Hispanic drive and the upcoming NPA drive, the CCREC is executing an extensive focus on SWING VOTERS for the 2020 election
  • Registration trends show that the Hispanic and NPA voter segments are growing MUCH FASTER than the Democratic and Republican voter segments – millennials tend to register as NPA!
  • We have 30 teams in the field spreading this message across Collier County – 25 of our CCREC members are ACTIVE volunteers
  • This team has delivered door hangers to 4,478 HH so far
  • We still need help – there are FOUR precincts that need delivery teams – please sign up
  • Think about it: 2019 is an off-year and we have 60 volunteers in the field! Great energy and enthusiasm!
  • Contact Nanette Rivera or Mike Lyster at campaign2020@colliergop.org or sign up to volunteer below.
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Rooney votes “NO” on resolution to establish how the impeachment process will be conducted

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted “no” on H.Res. 660, a resolution to continue the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Congressman Rooney stated: “As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have had the opportunity to take part in the closed-door hearings of the last several weeks and have found them to be fair to the participants; everyone has been able to have their questions answered except for one day which was unfortunately restricted. However, the majority of Congress, our news media and the American people have not had this access.

While today’s resolution opens the way the hearings will be conducted in many ways, which is an improvement, the process is still less open to having all sides represented than prior impeachments. A truly judicial process like deployed in the Nixon and Clinton cases would be the best solution to assure due process. As to the merits of the impeachment case itself, I have consistently kept an open mind and listened to the facts as presented – and will continue to do so.

Congressman Francis Rooney statement on Retirement

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Francis Rooney issued the following statement on his announced retirement from Congress:

“On September 11th of this year, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported the passage of H.R. 205, my bill to make the current moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, east of the Military Mission Line, permanent. This, along with getting a steady stream of money flowing to the Everglades Restoration projects that will fix our water quality issues, were the main drivers of my decision to seek office in the first place.

“With passage of H.R. 205 and over $1.1 billion secured for the Everglades so far, with an additional, $200 million coming this fiscal year, I believe that it is time to return to private life.  These are the goals I had in running for this position.

“I have been a supporter and sponsor of term limit legislation throughout my time in Congress and like the founders of our republic, I believe in the concept of citizen legislators who commit to public service and not public life. In fact, I introduced a bill to effectively impose term limits without a Constitutional amendment.

“I am thankful to the citizens of Southwest Florida that have provided me with the opportunity to serve them, to my teams in Washington and in our district who have worked hard every day to assist our constituents, and to my family for their support and encouragement. Our community is a special place and I am proud to have played some small part in ensuring a healthy environment and economy for it.”

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Collier County, FL: Collier County Advisory Board Vacancies

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. Members of committees must reside in and be registered to vote in Collier County. Instructions on how to apply are below.

The Board of Building Adjustments and Appeals has two vacancies. Applicants must represent one of the following professions: a licensed plumbing or mechanical contractor, or a state licensed architect or structural engineer. This five-member board hears appeals on rejections or refusals by the Building Code Compliance Director to approve mode of construction or materials to be used in construction or alteration of a structure.  Members must be knowledgeable in the following Collier County Codes:  Florida Building Codes, Electrical Code, Fire Prevention Code, Gas Code, Mechanical Code and Swimming Pool Code.  Terms are four years.  This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.

The Code Enforcement Board has two currently vacant seats for alternates. This seven-member board with two alternates is composed of individuals representing the occupations of architect, business owner, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor and realtor, who are considered on the basis of their experience or interest in the areas of the codes and ordinances to be enforced.  Members are required to file a Form 1 Statement of Financial Interest each year with the Supervisor of Elections. Terms are three years.  This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.

The Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This committee’s primary responsibility is to recommend to the BCC an Active Properties Acquisition List with qualified purchase recommendations of environmentally sensitive lands consistent with the goals of the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Program.  Membership of the committee shall comprise broad and balanced representation including environmental and conservation interests, agricultural and business interests, educational interests, and general civic and citizen interests within the County.  Members shall have expertise, knowledge or interest in ecology, conservation of natural resources, real estate or land acquisition, land appraisal, land management, eco-tourism or environmental education.  Terms are three years.

The Contractors Licensing Board has three vacant seats: one for a building professional, and two for consumer representatives. Consumer applicants should have no ties to the construction industry. Building professional applicants should be either a licensed architect, a licensed general contractor, a licensed engineer, a licensed electrical contractor, a licensed plumbing contractor, a licensed mechanical contractor, a licensed roofing contractor, a licensed residential, or a licensed building contractor. This nine-member board was created to determine the qualifications of applicants for the various categories of the Contractors’ Certificates of Competency.  They also hold hearings to determine if a certificate of competency of any contractor, master or journeyman should be revoked. Terms are three years.  This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.

The Development Services Advisory Committee has six seats expiring in December. Members must be one of the following: architect, attorney, land developer, land planner; environmentalist; professional engineer; general contractor; residential/commercial contractor; or utility, plumbing, or electrical contractor.  This 15-member committee represents the various aspects of the development industry. The purpose of this committee is to provide reports and recommendations to the BCC to assist in the enhancement of operational efficiency and budgetary accountability within the Growth Management Department and to serve as a primary communication link between the Growth Management Department, the development industry and the citizens of Collier County.  Terms are four years.

The Educational Facilities Authority has one vacancy. The purpose of this five-member authority is to assist institutions for higher education in the construction, financing, and refinancing of projects. One member shall be a trustee, director, officer, or employee of an institution for higher education located in Collier County. Terms are five years.

The Floodplain Management Planning Committee has one vacancy for a citizen representative from the rural region of the county (east of 951). The committee reviews and provides recommendations for floodplain management regulations, and for surface water and watershed management issues brought before it including but not limited to, matters dealing with water quality and quantity. They will also develop and, at least annually, evaluate and update the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan. Members serve at the will of the County Manager.

The new Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone Advisory Board is seeking applications for seven open seats. Applicants must either be residents of Golden Gate City or represent business and commercial interests in the Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone. This seven-member committee was formed for the purpose of advising the BCC concerning policies and programs to attract businesses or industries to the Economic Development Zone and reviewing and making recommendations on applications for funding through the Trust Fund. Initial terms shall be one or two years.

The Haldeman Creek Dredging Maintenance Advisory Committee has one vacancy. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the MSTU. This five-member committee was created to aid and assist the Board of County Commissioners in carrying out the MSTU, to prepare and recommend an itemized budget, and to recommend work programs and priorities. Members will be appointed from different parcels, subdivisions and/or communities within the MSTU. Terms are four years.

The Health Facilities Authority has a seat expiring in October. The purpose of this five-member authority is to assist health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing and refinancing of projects in any incorporated or unincorporated area within the geographical limits of Collier County.   Members must be Collier County residents. Terms are four years.

The Historic/Archaeological Preservation Board has two seats expiring October 1. Applicants shall have demonstrated interest in the field of historical and archaeological preservation, with expertise in one of the following categories: 1) History; 2) Archaeology; 3) Real Estate, Land Development, or Finance; 4) Architecture; 5) Law or Urban Planning; or 6) citizen-at-large. This seven-member committee is vested with the power, authority, and jurisdiction to designate, regulate, and administer historical and archaeological resources in Collier County. Terms are three years.

The Immokalee Local Redevelopment Advisory Board has one vacancy, in the category of: representative of an Immokalee business. This nine-member committee assists in the implementation of the redevelopment plan for the Immokalee area. Terms are three years.

The Industrial Development Authority has two current vacancies. This five-member authority has the power to sell industrial revenue bonds. Money generated from the bonds is used to construct industrial plants, equipment and other facilities which would then be leased or sold to private industry. Terms are four years.

The Infrastructure Surtax Citizen Oversight Committee has one vacant seat, representing Commission District 1. Applicants must reside in District 1 and should have background and experience related to financial or business management. This seven-member committee provides citizen review of the County’s expenditure of the proceeds from the Collier County and Municipal Infrastructure One-Cent Sales Surtax. Terms are two years.

The Public Transit Advisory Committee has a vacancy for a member representing health care services, social services, or large employers. This seven-member committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners in matters related to transit policies, issues, programs and plans to provide mass transit services to the citizens of Collier County. Terms are three years.

The Vanderbilt Beach Beautification MSTU Advisory Committee has two seats expiring in November. Members must be permanent residents within the MSTU boundaries. This committee assists the BCC in carrying out the purposes of the MSTU, prepares and recommends to the BCC an itemized budget for the MSTU, and recommends work programs and priorities to the County Manager. Terms are four-years.

How to Apply:
To apply for an advisory committee vacancy, submit an application online at https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/advisory-boards/online-advisory-board-application. After you complete the application, click on “Submit Form.”  To receive an immediate e-mail confirmation that your application was received, you must include your e-mail address in the application.

Residents interested in applying for advisory committee positions may also obtain an application by calling 239-252-8400, or from https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/home/showdocument?id=25235. Please email to DL-AdvisoryBoardOn-LineApplications@colliercountyfl.gov, or mail to the attention of Wanda Rodriguez, County Attorney’s Office, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 800, Naples, Florida 34112-5746.

Fundraising Committee Formed – Chaired by John Dugan

John Dugan
Fundraising Committee Chair

John Dugan, Collier Republican Executive Committeeman has volunteered to chair the Fundraising Committee.

We are forming a fundraising committee because we urgently need to raise funds for next year.

Our first initiative will be selling advertisements in the February 15th Lincoln Reagan Dinner Program. Our goal is to have all members participate by being responsible for selling an ad for the program. We have priced the ads in a range from $100 to $1000 for a full page.

The goal is to create an annual fundraising process rather than continuing to be an event based, reactionary fundraising organization.

Volunteers are needed to help the fundraising committee in developing a list of business or individual prospects.

We aspire to double our bank balances by year-end, which can be accomplished if each member ensures the equivalent of one full-page ad.

Contact John Dugan (978) 376-6073, sales@colliergop.org, to get involved.

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