In their overwhelming endorsement for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel noted “he has a track record of rolling up his sleeves and finding solutions.”
That track record is well documented in his six years of public service as a Lauderhill City Commissioner.
His solutions, as stated when sworn in to office to represent District 9 are broad:
Commissioner Holness’ past record of accomplishment paves the way for his future goals in District 9. He believes that success builds on success and achievements realized in one city can be duplicated to compliment and enhance the unique needs and desires of other cities.
As a real estate agent and mortgage broker, Commissioner Holness will continue to use his expertise in the trade to create affordable housing and financing opportunities. In Lauderhill, he worked with city staff to increase home ownership by revamping the Affordable Housing Down-payment Assistance Program, hired grant writers to bring in $30-million in additional housing revenue and worked to increase homestead exemptions for senior citizens.
In 2004, he founded The Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce which now includes over 310 businesses and is one of the most diverse Chambers in Broward County.
Partnerships with organizations such as WorkForce One resulted in the successful employment of hundreds of people and increased enrollment in vocational trades and colleges.
Holness’ innovative ideas led to the formation of Sister City International with various international cities, resulting in professional development for residents and increasing trading opportunities. These cities include Suzano, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Trelawny, Jamaica; and Petion-Ville, Haiti.
In the area of education, Commissioner Holness took the initiative to introduce KAPOW (Kids and the Power of Work) at four Broward Elementary Schools reaching well over 160 students. He is not only an advocate for KAPOW, but he volunteers his time to work hands-on with the participants. Additional elementary schools have been slated to participate in this program. Holness organized a partnership with Broward Community College to provide Continuing Education Courses & Programs such as College Prep and Life Success Skills.
Holness is active in many civic organizations, including serving as President of the Sister City International; Vice Chair, Fort Lauderdale Broward County Enterprise Zone; Board Member, Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce; Life Member, NAACP; Board Member, 100 Black Men–Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter; Board Member, Community Family Center; member of the Haitian American Leadership Org. and President, Royal Oaks Condominium Association. He is also very involved in youth development – a high priority for Commissioner Holness.