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Community Update - April 2017
We Believe You! Campaign
The Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC), now in its 40th year, is Broward County’s only certified 24/7 rape crisis and accredited children’s advocacy center. NJCC’s new outreach campaign, “We Believe You!” features the faces shown here on transit bus ads throughout the County. The launch coincides with April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month and emphasizes NJCC’s approach of believing and supporting victims unconditionally. Last year, NJCC helped more than 4,000 victims of sexual assault and child abuse. Call the helpline at 954-761-RAPE. Visit Broward.org/NancyJCottermanCenter and follow us on Facebook.com/NancyJCottermanCenter.​​​
​​New Affordable Homes Coming to Municipal Services District​
​​County Commissioners authorized the Housing Finance and Community Redevelopment Division to enter into development agreements with ten Broward County nonprofit housing agencies, awarding four lots to each, for the purpose of constructing a total of forty new affordable single family homes in the Broward Municipal Services District. The nonprofit agencies are required to build homes with a minimum of 1,500-square-feet with three bedrooms, two baths and a two car garage. The homes will be available for purchase through a lottery system to very-low to moderate-income households who qualify for first mortgage financing with an approved lender. Visit Broward.org/Housing.​ More...​

​​National County Government Month Showcases Visionary Initiatives
​​April is National County Government Month! Broward is among hundreds of communities participating in the National Association of Counties (NACo) celebration. Throughout the month, NACo encourages County government to share examples of brilliant ideas at work – visionary initiatives that improve resident quality of life. Visit our website, Broward.org/CountiesMatter to read about “Broward at Work.” Learn about programs and services that foster home ownership in our community, keep our youth safe, expand education and creative opportunities, and more. See how Broward County uses technology to drive innovative solutions, and how customer feedback results in service improvements. Visit Broward.org/StayConnected to subscribe to Broward’s E-news, connect to official social media sites or download an app.

​​County Names New Budget Director
​​Norman Foster has been named the County’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget and will assume that position this month. With more than 20 years of experience in various governmental organizations, Foster has served on numerous boards and committees, has published many articles on public policy, and is a seasoned and accomplished budgetary and financial professional. He comes to Broward County from the City of New Orleans where he has served as Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer since 2010. To learn more about the County’s budget, visit Broward.org/Budget. More...

​​Parking Improvements at FLL
​​Finding a garage parking spot at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is about to get much easier for passengers. On May 15th, the airport will add 3,100 parking spaces for public parking on the top three floors of the Cypress Garage, adjacent to Terminal 1, to address current congestion and to support the expansion of Terminal 1’s new Concourse A, which is scheduled to open in June. To learn more about airport parking, visit Broward.org/Airport/Parking.

​​County Uses State-of-the-Art 911 Technology
​​The County's regional 911 Consolidated Dispatch Centers are now using Motorola Solutions' PremierOneTM Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to more quickly and reliably communicate critical information with police, fire and other first responders to help residents, business owners and visitors during emergencies. Broward County's three centers handle approximately 1.7 million emergency calls per year. They have migrated from an outdated CAD system that was at end-of-life to the new PremierOne CAD to manage incidents and share information throughout the region. The new CAD system is one component of Broward County's $113 million investment in emergency communication operations and system improvements, which have already resulted in Broward County having one of the fastest emergency response times in the nation. Visit Broward.org/CommunicationsTechnology.​ More...​

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Library Offers New Fast Lane Checkout
Customers can now use “Fast Lane,” a quick, easy way to check out items from Broward County Library. Instead of waiting in line to pick up on-hold items and check out materials, just pick up your books, DVDs and CDs from the new customer-holds shelves then take them to a new “Fast Lane” checkout station. “Fast Lane” checks you out quicker and frees library staff to provide more one-on-one assistance. Visit Broward.org/Library​.

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2017 - Broward & Beyond Business Conference

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