DATE: February 2, 2012
CONTACT: Judy Sarver, Director
Office of Public Communications
Broward County's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011 is now available, in print and online. The report to the community details the progress, achievements and accomplishments of Broward County government and the impact on quality of life for its 1.7 million residents.
The report includes significant accomplishments in the Board of County Commissioners' major goals including transportation, culture, recreation and learning, health and human services, environment, economic vitality, housing and fiscally sustainable and transparent government.
Program and service highlights of the year include:
- Fiscal Year 2011 property taxes were reduced by $80 million for a cumulative reduction of more than $230 million annually compared with Fiscal Year 2007.
- Public/private partnerships resulted in 1,087 new jobs generating wages of at least $52 million, and 3,020 retained jobs. New direct capital investments by targeted companies totaled $75.2 million, with an economic impact of $188.1 million.
- Port Everglades accounted for $14 billion of economic activity supporting more than 10,000 direct jobs and 143,000 total jobs in Florida.
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport provided 44,000 jobs and $2.6 billion in annual economic activity. The South Runway Expansion project is expected to create 11,000 jobs and at its peak in 2013 will contribute over $1 million per day to the local economy.
- Broward County hosted a record-breaking 11 million visitors in 2011, spending more than $9 billion.
- Broward County Transit (BCT) implemented a new 95 EXPRESS premium bus service route from Miramar to downtown Miami with more than 800 daily passengers. With city partners, BCT is installing additional bus shelters countywide and plans are underway for the construction of the Northeast Transit Center in Pompano Beach.
- The new Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center in Fort Lauderdale opened in December 2010. The $22.1 million LEED Silver Certified facility is 57,000 square feet and houses a variety of health services under one roof.
- Human Services used $51.6 million in state and federal grants to supplement funding for programs and services for the health and well-being of residents.
- Environmental Protection introduced a $400,000 Energy Sense Appliance Rebate Program to help businesses and residents transition to more energy efficient appliances. Broward County distributed more than $230,000 in rebate checks to more than 1,100 residents/businesses that participated in the program.
- A Conservation Pays rebate program was launched as a collaborative effort between Broward County and 16 municipalities and water partners in order to assist residents with reducing water consumption and saving on their water bills.
- Broward County offers more than 50 e-newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites so that residents, businesses and visitors can Stay Connected and learn more about County programs and services.
- The Green Lights program was launched in 2010 to retime and coordinate signal timing on the County's major highways. As of October 2011, 650 intersections had been retimed and all major east-west corridors and 70 percent of major north-south corridors were completed resulting in travel time improvements between 10-40% and fuel cost savings of $14 million.
- Broward County Libraries has implemented BCL WoW (library without walls). Through the latest innovations in technology, residents can now download thousands of e-books, audiobooks and videos and access online resources for one-on-one homework tutoring, language learning, career change and resume assistance and test preparation assistance.
Broward County received numerous awards and recognitions. Some of the highlights include:
Airport Minority Advisory Council, Award of the Organization, for significant outreach efforts to engage the small business community in the Airport Expansion project.
Seatrade Insider, Port of the Year, to Port Everglades which is the cruise ship capital of the world.
Florida Airports Council, 2011 Environmental Excellence Award, for the West Lake Park wetlands mitigation project.
National Association of Counties (NACo), Achievement Award, for Literacy Help and afterschool programs which provide computer technology access for more than 338 disadvantaged youth and adults daily.
Gold and Silver International Aquatic Safety Awards, recognizing lifeguard commitment to excellence and public safety at the County's four aquatic facilities.
The 2011 Annual Report is available online. For a printed copy, email email@example.com while supplies last or call the Office of Public Communications at 954-357-6990.