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This Week in Broward County Government
October 2, 2015
Volume 20, No. 40
Duende is Here! More than 300 Artists Lined up for the Party of the Century
Broward County’s long-awaited Celebration of the Century -Duende- kicks off this Friday, October 2nd, in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with the “take-over” featuring street performers, live music, light shows, street art and flash mobs! The celebration continues Saturday, October 3rd, with the "Party of the Century" starting at 11AM until 3AM, and featuring a stellar lineup of talented artists and performers staged along SW Second Street, from the railroad crossing to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Saturday night's Broadway-style extravaganza "We…" The Passion and Rhythm of the People, begins at 8PM, at the Broward Center, with legendary stage actress and recording artist Linda Eder, multiple Grammy Award-winning entertainer Jon Secada, and more than 100 local artists. All outdoor events are FREE! Tickets for "WE" are available at Ticketmaster, in person at Broward Center's AutoNation Box Office or by calling 954-462-0222. To see the complete lineup of artists, schedule of events, information about parking, Sun Trolley service, and food, visit, get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.

Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo Coming October 12
The Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) will be held October 12th to 16th, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. The goal of FITCE is to expand Broward County as the premier importing and exporting trading capital, while helping to establish new businesses and nurture existing businesses to continued growth. Speakers for FITCE include "Tony the Greek" Michaelides who will share his insight on the Importance of Culture in our Global Economy on Friday, October 16th. Panelists include Marielle Barrow, Cultural Economist, Washington D.C. and Richie D. Martin, Producer and Songwriter from Jamaica. For more information visit FITCE or call 954-357-7009.

Port Everglades Receives First LEED Certification
Broward County's Port Everglades received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Cruise Terminal 4, which underwent many energy-efficient improvements during its expansion and complete renovation this past year.  Features that made the terminal eligible for certification include recycled concrete and asphalt used in construction, low-water usage toilets and fixtures, energy-efficient lighting inside and out, as well as the use of natural lighting within the terminal. More...

County and Regional Climate Compact Win Technical Assistance from Department of Energy
The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected Broward County and its Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact ("Compact") partners to share in up to $800,000 in technical assistance awarded nationwide to 10 Climate Action Champions. The Compact was chosen as one of 16 White House Climate Action Champions last year in a nationwide competition. The technical assistance provided by DOE will help support the possible use of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) in the Compact region. QECBs are a type of bond that allow states and local governments to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at below-market rates. More…

October is Energy Action and Shower Better Month
October is Energy Action and Shower Better Month and Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division is encouraging residents to take action and reduce water and energy use by adjusting water settings; turning hot water temperature down to 120 degrees; washing full loads of laundry in cold water, and installing new LED light bulbs when changing old ones. More…

2015 Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Broward Cultural Division invites students interested in music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design and other related disciplines to learn about undergraduate and graduate degrees in their areas of interest, at the National Association for College Admission Counseling Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Tuesday, October 6th, at the Dillard Center for the Arts, 2501 Northwest 11th St., Fort Lauderdale, from 6 to 9PM. More…

Emergency Management to Host SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training
Broward Emergency Management Division is hosting a SKYWARN Storm Spotters training class on Saturday, October 17th, at the Broward Emergency Operations Center, 201 NW 84 Ave., Plantation, from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. The class is for those interested in becoming a Storm Spotter, or for current spotters looking to sharpen their skills. Spotters play an integral role of alerting the National Weather Service and the public, to real-time severe weather. Interested persons should be at least 18 years old. More…

Free SAT and ACT Preparation Courses for College-bound Students
Broward County Libraries is hosting a series of free ACT and SAT preparation courses for college-bound students at various locations throughout the County. The intensive program is a comprehensive workshop comparable to that of an expensive test-prep course and includes practice tests and intensive test-taking strategies. Pre-registration is encouraged and participants are required to attend each session. More…

Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community
Broward’s Centennial Culminates with the Celebration of the Century October 2nd to 4th
Over the past year Broward County’s arts and business communities, municipalities, and other key community partners came together in a show of unity to celebrate the County’s Centennial and emphasize community engagement through the arts and historical perspectives. Broward 100 has been an opportunity to showcase the creativity and uniqueness of Broward County; the many cultures of Broward County; the diverse talents within Broward County, and the County’s physical attributes, all with an inclusive approach to create a platform for the future. The entire community is invited to experience the collaborative power of Broward County at the Grand Celebration Weekend Duende starting Friday, October 2nd, at 5PM, through Sunday October 4th. To see the complete schedule of events, visit, get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.

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