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Gallagher, Cabinet Members Recognize Innovative State Employee Training Program

5/25/2004

CONTACT: Justin Glover
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE—Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, along with the governor and fellow members of the Florida Cabinet, today recognized the first round of participants in an innovative training program designed to ensure quality leadership in state government.

The program, a nine-month course entitled Management Succession Training, was designed in anticipation of a possible leadership vacuum as a large number of the state's upper level managers are preparing for retirement. Initiated by CFO Gallagher and developed in conjunction with Tampa-based AchieveGlobal, the program seeks to train the next generation of state government managers.

"This innovative program will allow for a smooth transition as our current managers retire," Gallagher said. "By providing this important training in advance of a leadership void, we will ensure that we continue to effectively serve the needs of our citizens."

The first twenty participants were recognized by the Cabinet with a resolution sponsored by Gallagher. Participants attended monthly seminars, augmented by web-based training modules and online chat sessions with instructors. A total of 700 managers will receive training in the next five years.