Broward Academy Syllabus

Broward County Academy – 2017 Curriculum

(Subject to Change)


Session 1 – Connecting with County Government

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

During this informative kickoff session, participants will learn about Broward County’s history and the government structure that provides quality services to a multicultural, diverse and urbanized County of 1.9 million residents. The adoption of Charter government in 1975 will be discussed, along with the County’s role as a regional service provider. The County’s commitment to transparency and its role in governance along with 31 municipalities and other taxing authorities will be outlined, including the County’s political structure, budget process and complaint resolution process. This session will also introduce the class to the growing role of the County’s Call Center (3-1-1) and the part it plays in everyday service delivery and emergency situations.
Session 2 - Community Services Part 1

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How does Broward County assist our most vulnerable residents? This session will discuss important issues currently facing our community such as addiction and homelessness, and highlight our health and human services programs including our programs that help our elderly and veteran population. In this session, participants will also be introduced to important public safety services such as our new consolidated Regional 911 system, emergency preparedness and response, and medical examiner services. You’ll learn more about the County’s Regional Consolidated E911 Dispatch System and its progress in improving the aging Public Radio System along with the new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system complete with redundancy and back-up capabilities. The Emergency Management Division will explain how it develops and maintains emergency plans for all types of natural and man-made hazards. And the Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services will talk about the many programs and services it provides to the community, including a new GIS mapping technology to help local officials better respond to the opioid crisis.

Session 3 - Economic and Community Development

Thursday, September 28, 2017

This valuable session includes a presentation about County government’s contributions to job creation, small business and development, international trade and economic vitality and business development educational tools. Learn about the Broward Municipal Services District, formed from communities in unincorporated areas which receive most of their services from Broward County. The session will also include a look at the County’s detailed purchasing procedure, saving the County taxpayers money. This session will also cover what the County is and will be doing to meet the challenges of creating affordable housing.


Session 4 and 5 - Economic Engines Part I and 2

Thursday, October 5, 2017 and Thursday, October 12, 2017

The next two sessions introduce the class to two of the area's most powerful economic engines: Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. Following a briefing on department operations, activities and economic impacts, you’ll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of each facility. Broward’s port and airport are both self-supporting Enterprise Funds that do not rely on local tax dollars. The Airport session will highlight how Broward County is becoming the international gateway to the Caribbean and beyond and the Port discussion will demonstrate how we are the third largest Foreign Trade Zones in the Country and why that is so important for our economy.


Session 6 – Community Services Part II

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This interesting session highlights the myriad of services that contribute to our great quality of life in Broward County, from our award-winning library system to Broward’s robust investment in cultural activities and our successful animal care and adoption services. Learn about the Library’s Creation Station, which lets anyone be a creator, designer and innovator. Learn about new ways to make parks a year round part of your recreation plans. And, get a tour of the brand new state-of-the-art Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Session 7 – Living in Broward

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Our seventh session explores important issues of mobility in our community and highlights programs including Broward County Transit, traffic signalization and public works projects to enhance our quality of life in Broward County. Participants will discover what it takes to run a comprehensive transit system that covers more than 410 square miles and serves more than 123,000 passengers daily, and how we’re turning our roadways into “Complete Streets” that welcome all forms of transportation, including cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians.

Session 8 – Saving Our Environment

Thursday, November 2, 2017

This session will introduce the class to the County’s robust park and nature center system and the growing list of activities that residents can take advantage of. We’ll look at what Broward County is doing to help secure a future of growth, prosperity and environmental sustainability by tackling climate change head on. The class will see some of the hidden efficiencies that contribute to a more efficient solid waste and recycling system and more effective water and energy conservation program.

Session 9 – Sustaining Our Quality of Life

Thursday, November 9, 2017

This session will take you to Broward County’s new 20-story Courthouse and offer a glimpse at what it takes to build and maintain our many county facilities. We’ll discuss how BrowardNEXT is using public input to shape responsible urban growth, affordable housing, development and redevelopment, and examine programs that help preserve our environment including water management and beach renourishment. We’ll also explore how the County is using technology to make us more efficient and enhance resident quality of life. We’ll see how the County has invested in new technology including GIS and online service requests.  The session will end with a group discussion to hear your thoughts about how the County can better engage residents in local government.

Session 10 – Sunny Finale/Graduation

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Class VI of the Broward County Academy concludes with a look at tourism, Broward County’s third economic engine. Participants will learn about “Hello, Sunny” and the importance of tourism to our economy. Your host for this evening will be the Broward County Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the venue will be our Convention Center, which is on the precipice of a multi-million dollar project to expand and add a headquarters hotel.  This session will offer real ways that you can engage with the County to improve our community. This special evening concludes with a dinner and graduation ceremony for participants and their families.