Our Story

Our Mission

The GNBGC hopes to advance ethical and effective government in Collier County and the State of Florida through candidate evaluations and grading. Additionally, BGC engages in informed political discussion of the issues affecting our community.

Our Story

Established in 1991, the Greater Naples Better Government Committee (GNBGC) was founded by leaders concerned about promoting ethical government. Registered as a Political Committee (PC) that same year, BGC remains the most active and longest operating committee in Collier County, Florida.

GNBGC significantly expanded its scope of influence in community affairs—most notably with the establishment of Elected Official Evaluations.  Conducted at the end of their first year in office, public officials are interviewed and evaluated. Each receives a letter grade based upon their accomplishments as compared with their campaign promises and platform, in addition to a general evaluation of performance.  A “report card” is then issued and released to the media.

Over the years, GNBGC has endorsed more than 100 candidates for public office, including those for Collier County Board of County Commission; Naples City Council; Collier County School Board; elected Collier County public officials, including Sheriff, County Clerk, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, and Supervisor of Elections, in addition to other local and state offices.

Greater Naples Better Government Committee demonstrates a commitment to educating residents about candidates and critical ballot issues by participating in the sponsorship of public forums focused on those candidates and issues and by the publication of their endorsements and positions in the local media.

Our Purpose

Promote better government in the City of Naples, Collier County and State of Florida

Participate in interviewing and endorsing candidates for public office

Participate in “grading” the effectiveness of elected officials

Participate in forums to provide critical information to the community

Become informed on what is going on behind the political scene in Collier County and help bring about change where needed

“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”

Coretta Scott King

“To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”

Paulo Coelho
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