Broward Community Leaders Gather To Examine Successes And Set New Goals

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The Broward Workshop recently hosted the eighth annual “State of the County” Forum, an event that brings together more than 900 community, political, education and business leaders to learn about the successes the county has achieved over the past year, as well as challenges the county faces moving forward.

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The Broward Workshop hosts this event to provide an opportunity to forge relationships between Broward business leadership, elected officials and other community stakeholders.

Working together, much has been over the past several years. The Workshop helped build local support that resulted in the new runway and facility development at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Workshop is also part of the Port Everglades Action Team coalition, which worked very hard to garner federal support and approval of the deepening and widening project at Port Everglades. More recently, members provided vital leadership and support for the passage of the $800 million Broward County School Board bond referendum and the reauthorization of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.

And the work continues. Today, Broward Workshop is partnering with local colleges and universities to assure that students are being educated in the skills necessary to get a job and stay in Broward County. Local employers were polled, and the Workshop joined forces with Broward College and Career Source Broward to develop a one-stop intern tool-kit that will help give potential job seekers the needed “soft skills” that local employers identified as the most needed in the work force.

The Workshop commissioned the Johnson Report to provide greater transparency on how Tourism Development Tax dollars are spent. The study provides elected officials greater insight into how to develop best practices for tourism tax expenditures as the county moves forward to expand the convention center, build a headquarters hotel and consider raising the tourism tax by 1 cent.

Broward Workshop is collaborating with Broward County and the Metropolitan Planning Organization on a comprehensive transportation plan for Broward County. Members are working with United Way and Operation Lift Hope in an effort to end veteran homelessness in Broward County by 2018; and hope to provide input to the new Charter Review Commission to further strengthen ethics rules and system of governance.

Long term, the Broward Workshop will continue to reach out to community stakeholders in search of solutions for the difficult problems of workforce housing, sea-level rise adaptation, beach revitalization and the possible sunsetting of Community Redevelopment Agencies.

The “State of the County” Forum, Senate President-designate Joe Negron presented “Florida 2016 — Opportunities and Challenges“; Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar and Tony Carvajal, executive vice president of the Florida Chamber Foundation addressed elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders as part of their mission to facilitate positive solutions to Broward County‘s critical issues and to serve as a catalyst to encourage the cooperative effort between various entities working for countywide, specific, long-range common goals.

 

Source: SunSentinel

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