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S⁠t⁠a⁠t⁠emen⁠t⁠ Release: JMI Welcomes New D⁠i⁠rec⁠t⁠or of Technology and Innova⁠t⁠⁠i⁠on Pol⁠i⁠cy Cen⁠t⁠er

By: Logan Padgett / 2022

Logan Padgett


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September 13, 2022


Logan Elizabeth Padgett

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The James Madison Institute announces the newest addition to our team, Edward Longe, director of JMI’s Technology and Innovation Policy Center. Launched in 2019, this center focuses on policy goals to ensure Florida is best positioned to be a major driver of innovation in the 21st Century.  The Tech and Innovation Policy Center focuses on areas such as data privacy, broadband infrastructure, antitrust, transportation innovation, and the future of work in the digital age.

“As the information age navigates its third decade, it is imperative that Florida position itself globally as a welcoming home for innovation, entrepreneurship, and opportunity. That requires a commitment to sound public policy that embraces free markets, promotes long-term vision, and ensures global leadership. We are thrilled to have Edward join the JMI team.” – Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute.

As Director, Edward promotes market-centered policies that will allow Floridians to reap the countless social and economic benefits that tech and innovation can offer. His policy work is guided by a steadfast belief that the principles of limited government, economic liberty, and individual freedoms produce the best outcomes. Edward joins JMI as a successful policy expert with vast knowledge in various areas. Before joining, he worked at the American Consumer Institute as a Policy Manager with a diverse policy portfolio that focused on tech and innovation but also included antitrust, healthcare, and labor.

“We are pleased to welcome Edward Longe as our new director of the Center for Technology and Innovation. His background and policy knowledge along with his shared belief in the principles of freedom and liberty make him the perfect candidate to help the leaders of our state navigate both the challenges and opportunities in this critically important arena.”- Dr. Bob McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison Institute

 Edward is finishing a doctoral degree in American History at Marquette University and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2017 with a master’s degree in American History. His research explores how anticommunism affected U.S. Foreign Relations during the early Cold War. He has also studied at the University of Chester (U.K.) and The University of Vermont, where he studied History and Political Science.

Edward lives with his wife and dog in Arlington, Virginia. Outside of his policy work, Edward enjoys getting out of Northern Virginia, visiting new places, and reading.

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The James Madison Institute is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the ideals of limited government, economic freedom, federalism and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility. The institute conducts research on such issues as criminal justice, healthcare, taxes and regulatory environments.