The Mary Blake Distinguished Lecture & Special Event Series
The LLI Lecture Series honors Mary Blake for her enthusiasm and continuous efforts as Lecture Chairperson on the Board of Directors for many years. She was dedicated to the goal of providing interesting and unusual presentations that enlighten as well as entertain. She loved learning.
We are proud to list a new summer series of special events below featuring community leaders. Each event will begin with coffee and a "meet & greet" followed with the presentation and "Q & A." Each session begins at 10:00 a.m. in meeting room O#117 on the Charlotte campus of Florida SouthWestern State College at 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.
Lecture Fees are $10 for FRIENDS members and $15 for non-members. Registration for the lectures and special events can be made by clicking on the appropriate payment button below or in the LLI office on campus in Room #B114. (email@example.com/941-637-3533).
May 11: “The View from Charlotte County Economic Development” Featuring Lucienne Pears, Director, Economic Development, Charlotte County
Learn from the person who is closest to what is happening in the development of the economic life of Charlotte County. What is being done to attract new businesses and to help local business expand and grow? How will the state budget impact our county and our economy? Who and what are some of the new economic drivers? Charlotte County Economic Development Director Lucienne Pears was named one of the Top 50 economic developers in North America by Consultant Connect, a consultancy that matches communities with business site selectors. Pears was one of three Florida economic development officials on the list. Lucienne Pears was hired as Charlotte County’s economic development director in January 2016. During her prior tenure as business development specialist, Pears developed a partnership with Western Michigan University to operate an aviation training center in Charlotte County, with academic and internship programs in nearly two dozen other disciplines planned, as well. She orchestrated the sale of 452 acres of the county-owned Murdock Village Community Redevelopment Area to Private Equity Group, which plans to develop 2,400 single-family and multifamily units, 200,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and a 150-room hotel on the site.
June 20: “What’s New in Fishville?” Featuring Patti Allen, General Manager, Fishermen’s Village
Join us as Patti Allen, General Manager of Fishermen’s Village, as she navigates through the past and present of the Village. Fishermen’s Village located in Punta Gorda has long been an established destination of fun and enjoyment since 1979. She will also review marketing and future plans of the Village. Patti was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and came to Florida in 1984. She had spent a majority of her career working for Burdines (Macy’s) until she was recruited to come and change the retail mix of Fishermen’s Village. Thirteen years later she remains passionate about the Village and her community of Punta Gorda.
July 18: “Your Punta Gorda Airport: Past, Present and Future – FLY PGD!” Featuring Pamella Seay, Punta Gorda Airport Authority
The Punta Gorda Airport is an Independent Special District. As a governmental entity, it has a county-wide elected board and operates independently, not connected to any other governmental unit in the county, subject only to that independent board of commissioners. Commissioner Seay will give a brief overview of the history of the Punta Gorda Airport, along with an explanation of its operations including funding, management, operations, and oversight. If you’re interesting in learning where the Airport will be headed next, she will also go over the Master Plan process and the current status of many projects at the Airport including Western Michigan University, therapy dogs, commerce, commercial aviation, general aviation, and more. Pamella Seay (pronounced “SEA”) is a commissioner with the Charlotte County Airport Authority, representing District 1. She is an attorney and teaches law as a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. Ms. Seay graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law with a Juris Doctorate, and Stetson University College of Law, with a Master of Laws in International Law. Originally from Michigan, she graduated from the Kendall School of Design with a BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design and was an advertising and marketing director for several years before becoming a lawyer. She earned an MBA Certificate from Tulane University and has owned and operated her own businesses including a small law practice in Port Charlotte. She recently published a book on “Sovereign Immunity for Public Airport Operators,” and has published two books on business law and another on international travel. In her spare time, she sings and plays bells in her church choir, serves on the church finance committee and is an artist.