Florida's CPM program produces 110 new graduates

Florida State University (2013)
Posted at 8:46 AM, Jul 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-22 04:53:56-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Certified Public Manager (CPM) program will honor 110 new graduates during separate graduation ceremonies, July 25 in Tallahassee and Aug. 22 in Clearwater, Fla.

The CPM program is a nationally recognized leadership development initiative, currently delivered in 38 states. The purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to all Florida taxpayers.

Florida has one of the largest and most successful CPM programs in the country, with more than 4,300 graduates statewide. The program is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management, which is part of Florida State University’s Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

The 110 new graduates have completed a rigorous two-year program, including 32 days of training, plus required projects and exams. More than 100 government agencies — including cities, counties, state and constitutional offices — have participated in the Florida CPM program. The Florida Cabinet has recognized the CPM program as a “preferred management development program.”

There will be two separate graduation programs this year. The first will take place in Tallahassee July 23-25. This will be a three-day leadership conference, culminating in the graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 25, at 1:15 p.m. in the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, 555 W. Pensacola Street.

The second graduation program will be in Clearwater, Fla., Aug. 20-22, with the ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 1:15 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at 4951 78th Avenue North, Pinellas Park.

For more information on the CPM program, visit