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       Florida Senate - 2010                            (NP)    SR 2218
       By Senator Thrasher
       8-02148-10                                            20102218__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing Associated Industries of
    3         Florida on the occasion of its 90th Anniversary.
    5         WHEREAS, the Duval County Employers’ Association was
    6  established in 1920 for the purpose of defending and promoting
    7  the free enterprise system, and
    8         WHEREAS, business owners and managers from other parts of
    9  the state joined the association, and, in 1923, the membership
   10  changed its name to the Florida Employers’ Association in
   11  recognition of its changed demographics, and
   12         WHEREAS, in 1930, the association changed its name one last
   13  time, incorporating as Associated Industries of Florida (AIF),
   14  and
   15         WHEREAS, in the 1940s, the association initiated innovative
   16  programs to enhance the business community’s participation in
   17  the political process, interviewing candidates for office and
   18  sending them questionnaires asking their views on a wide range
   19  of issues, developing an agenda of legislative priorities for
   20  the legislative session, and taking a proactive stance in the
   21  development of responses to issues of importance to the business
   22  community and, therefore, the state, and
   23         WHEREAS, the 1950s saw the association develop newsletters
   24  and a legislative directory to encourage and equip Florida
   25  employers to become more involved in the state political process
   26  by building personal relationships with legislators in order to
   27  help them better understand the problems facing industry, and
   28         WHEREAS, in 1951, the association broadened its base by
   29  becoming the state affiliate of the National Association of
   30  Manufacturers and, in 1953, moved its headquarters to
   31  Tallahassee to allow the association to better represent its
   32  members before state government, and
   33         WHEREAS, in 1974, the association formed the Florida
   34  business community’s first political action committee, known
   35  today as the Associated Industries of Florida Political Action
   36  Committee, to support candidates deemed appreciative of the need
   37  for a vibrant and secure free enterprise system, and
   38         WHEREAS, in 1991, the association developed one of the
   39  state’s first online legislative information systems, the
   40  Florida Business Network, to provide electronic tracking and
   41  reporting on the legislative process, and, in 1994, created the
   42  Florida Business United Network to electronically track and
   43  report on candidates, voting records, contributions, and other
   44  political information, and
   45         WHEREAS, in 1992, Associated Industries of Florida became
   46  the first business association to form a political operations
   47  department, concentrating on political strategy and polling,
   48  and, in 1994, created the first full-service political
   49  organization for business in the Sunshine State, the AIF
   50  Political Council, which developed an intensive political
   51  profile, questionnaire, and interview process for candidates
   52  that is still considered the “gold standard,” and
   53         WHEREAS, in 1999, Associated Industries of Florida
   54  developed a revolutionary data-gathering instrument dubbed Total
   55  View Equation, which analyzes the state’s legislative districts
   56  based on 160 categories of information, and
   57         WHEREAS, in the 2000s, the association has continued to
   58  forge new alliances and strengthen its ties with business owners
   59  and state, national, and international business groups, while
   60  enhancing its governmental affairs initiatives with the
   61  development of new industry councils that address the myriad
   62  issues affecting specific segments of the business community,
   63  and
   64         WHEREAS, over the course of its rich history, Associated
   65  Industries of Florida has been actively involved in every major
   66  legislative initiative related to the business community,
   67  working tirelessly to ensure that government officials
   68  understand the effect of their decisions on the business
   69  community, and earning the title, “The Voice of Florida
   70  Business,” and
   71         WHEREAS, the association and its members have given
   72  generously to this state through their support of and service to
   73  community organizations and private associations, including the
   74  American Red Cross, the United Way, Foundation USA, Communities
   75  in Schools, the Florida Economics Club, and the Broward
   76  Partnership for the Homeless, NOW, THEREFORE,
   78  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   80         That Associated Industries of Florida is congratulated on
   81  the occasion of its 90th Anniversary and commended for its many
   82  years of service to the business community and its contribution
   83  to the political process.

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