Commissioner Adam Putnam to Highlight Florida Grown Initiative at Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Event in St. Petersburg

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Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Communications Director
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(Tallahassee, FL) – The Pinellas and Hillsborough Chapters of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) are proud to host Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam, at a luncheon in St. Petersburg to highlight his Florida Grown initiative and its impact on tourism. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.

“Naturally, Florida’s tourism and agricultural industries blend together to represent the top job creators and revenue generators in the state. Commissioner Putnam is one of Florida’s greatest champions and we are thrilled that he will share invaluable insight with attendees,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

Commissioner Putnam is a fifth generation Floridian and a proud alumnus of the University of Florida. Shortly after graduating from UF, Putnam was elected to the Florida House of Representatives at the age of 22. Four years later, Adam was elected to serve Florida’s 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. After 10 years of service in Washington, DC, Putnam returned to Florida and began serving in his current role as Commissioner of Agriculture in January of 2011.

FRLA’s Pinellas and Hillsborough Chapter Luncheon
Speaker: Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM / Networking and Registration
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM / Luncheon
St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
12600 Roosevelt Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
*Media invited to attend.

$22 per person, member and non-member rate
RSVP by Monday, October 27, 2014

Please click here to view the event invitation and registration information.

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