Recently named Legacy Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, and South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration 2017 Elected Official of the Year, Commissioner Holness’ political record is well documented in his many years of public service as a Lauderhill City Commissioner & Vice-Mayor (2007, 2010) plus his terms from November 2010 – present as a Broward County Commissioner for District 9. His district population is in excess of 200,000 constituents and covers over eight municipalities in Broward County.
Commissioner Dale Holness’ efforts include but are not limited to:
- Sponsored the resolution for the expansion of Broward County's current Living Wage Ordinance.
- Led the effort for a $20 million economic development package and community improvement programs for Central Broward District 9 and proposed and got adopted that Broward County's long term strategic plan include the goal to make Broward County the international trade center to the world for the state of Florida.
- Required $2.5 million to be allocated towards park improvements in District 9 allowing for residents to have clean recreation and public open spaces for their families.
- Sponsored an additional Homestead Exemption (from $25,000 to $50,000) for persons 65 and older allowing for low income senior property owners who qualify for the extra property tax reduction to pay lower property taxes.
- Lead the efforts to build 63 new single family homes in the Broward Municipality Services District.
- As a Lauderhill Commissioner, Holness started the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce, which currently has over 300 members and he also established The Lauderhill Business Incubator.
- Leading force and organizer behind the Lauderhill Mall Citizenship Drives, with nearly
1,400 citizenship applications processed.
- Visionary & Architect for the Florida International Trade & Cultural Expo, an annual event held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward Convention Center, which in 2016, had over 35 countries represented. Several companies relocated to Broward as a result of this annual event.
Holness supports capitalizing on Broward County’s geographic uniqueness as the “Gateway to the Americas” and maximizing our assets in Broward’s Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He is also a strong advocate for small, minority and women-owned businesses, as well as improving economic development opportunities for all. His focus will always remain on improving the economy, getting people back to work, increasing opportunities for home ownership and helping those who are going through hard times.
Commissioner Holness is also active in many local and international civic organizations including but not limited to: Chair of the Broward Black Elected Officials; Broward County Children’s Services Board; Haitian American Leadership Organization, Member; HIV Planning Council; Broward League of Cities; Lauderhill Regional Chamber, Founding Member; Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization; Caribbean Democratic Club; Broward Housing Council, Member; Broward Democratic Black Caucus; and is a NAACP Life Member.