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This Week in Broward County Government
August 28, 2015
Volume 20, No. 35
Five Developers Qualify for Convention Center Expansion/Hotel
Five nationally renowned and highly accomplished developers have met the qualifications necessary to build a new upscale flagship convention center headquarters hotel and expand the current Broward County Convention Center.  County Commissioners, sitting as the Direct Procurement Authority, qualified five developers who will compete for the $550 million dollar project to expand the Convention Center by 300,000 square feet and build a AAA 4-Diamond rated hotel ranging in size from 750 to 1,250 rooms. Developers were asked to submit information on their qualifications based on criteria established by the County that included detailed experience in hospitality and real estate development in the past 10 years, public private partnerships and financial capacity and capability. More…

Celebrate the Centennial at FLL with Napoleon Bonaparte Broward
Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, in partnership with the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, celebrates the County's centennial with the installation of a 12-foot-tall puppet of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, the county's namesake, at the airport. The puppet was created by three-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White during a 10-day residency at the Art Center. "Napoleon Bonaparte Broward was a river pilot, captain and politician, and also a major champion for the Everglades. The New River and The Everglades are pivotal parts of Broward's history and geography," says Earl Bosworth, Broward Cultural Division's Director. "Captain Bonaparte's accomplishments contributed to Broward's history in a way that a Centennial celebration would not be complete without him." More…

Broward Housing Council Publishes Annual Report
Broward Housing Council’s Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report is now available. The purpose of the report is to provide a summary of the resources and programs administered countywide that provide affordable housing to County residents. To view the report and learn more about the services of the Housing Council visit their website.

County Offices Closing for Labor Day
County governmental offices will close on Monday, September 7th, in observance of the Labor Day national holiday. Many online services, such as ePay, will be available. Additional exceptions apply. More…

Cultural Diversity Grant Program Workshop September 9th
Broward Cultural Division will host a grant application workshop for its Cultural Diversity Program, on Wednesday, September 9th, 6PM, in the 7th Floor, Computer Lab at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.  Eligible, not-for-profit cultural organizations whose primary mission is to develop and sustain the cultures, arts and artists are encouraged to participate. The program awards grants from $5,100 to $25,000. The workshop will cover details about the grants and how to submit an online application. More…

Say "Aloha" to Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands at Destination Fridays
Come say "Aloha" to Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands at Destination Fridays, September 11, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a signature Hawaiian Paradise drink. Dance to live island music and learn to hula. Dress in your favorite Hawaiian shirt, grass skirts are optional and leis will be provided. A grand prize will be awarded to the best hula dancer. Tickets are $10 through Eventbrite or in cash at the door. More…

Broward Reads to Succeed Early Literacy Conference 
Broward County Libraries Division will host a free "Broward Reads to Succeed: Early Literacy Conference" on Thursday, September 17th,  from 8:30AM to 1PM, at Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational Center, 3580 W Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes. The conference will feature children’s book authors and advocates for early literacy. Teachers, caregivers and anyone who works with children are encouraged to attend this free event. Participants must register by September 14th, by phone at 954-357-7317, or online at Broward.org/Library/Youth. More…

Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community
How Do You Duende?
Broward County will reach its 100th birthday milestone in October and the culmination of this yearlong celebration begins at 8PM, Friday, October 2nd, in downtown Fort Lauderdale with a “take-over” featuring street performers, music, a drum battle, light shows, street art, dancers and more. The fun continues all day Saturday, October 3rd, with the Party of the Century starring Tito Puente, Jr., son of the Mambo legend who brings his twist on his father’s music; Willie Stewart, formerly of the Reggae band Third World, with his repertoire of musicians; Grammy Award-winning pianist Marlow Rosado with his powerful portfolio of salsa, rock, merengue, hip-hop, bachata and reggaeton, and George Tandy, Jr. who will create brilliant music rich with honesty, vulnerability and raw emotion. There will be a bevy of local artists on SW Second Street from the railroad crossing to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The pinnacle of the weekend is Saturday night’s Broadway-style extravaganza “WE” starring legendary stage actress and recording artist Linda Eder, multiple Grammy Award-winning entertainer Jon Secada, and more than 100 local artists at the Broward Center. Tickets for “WE” are available through Ticketmaster, in person at Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office or by calling 954-462-0222. Visit Broward.org/Broward100/GrandFinale for more information. Get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.

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