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County Observes National County Government Month in April
  
- Counties Moving America Forward - The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure -
  
DATE: April 1, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ric Barrick, Assistant Director
Office of Public Communications
PHONE: 954-357-8541
EMAIL: rbarrick@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The County is among hundreds of communities throughout the United States observing National County Government Month during April. This year's theme is "Counties Moving America Forward - The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure." It's an opportunity for residents to learn more about the many programs and services Broward County provides, along with the impact they have in our community. It's also the perfect time to showcase the great advancements and improvements being made by many County agencies, including the Port, Aviation, Public Works, and Transit.

Great examples include the completion of the South Runway at Broward's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport which opened to much fanfare in September 2014, and new terminals being built to accommodate more flights and passengers. FLL is the 21st busiest airport in the US and is ranked 15th in domestic origin and destination traffic. Recent improvements include new concessions in all terminals and installation of ten automated Passport Control Kiosks to expedite inbound US and Canadian citizens in Terminal 4.

Broward County Transit (BCT) is the number one public transportation option for getting around in the County and is rolling out new, modern Wi-Fi enabled I-595 and I-95 Express buses and propane-powered Paratransit buses. The Ravenswood Operations and Maintenance Facility under construction, will be completed in 2016.

Public Works' Biogas Cogeneration Electric facility currently under construction will use Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) to produce electricity for the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pompano Beach. Public Works is also making the County's roadways safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit user through its Complete Streets and Mast Arm projects. 
 
And you can't talk about Transportation and Infrastructure without mentioning Broward's Port Everglades. It's one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and continues to grow to accommodate larger cruise and cargo ships, enhancing the vacation experience for cruise guests and handling increased amounts of international cargo. The total value of economic activity is $26 billion each year.

Be sure to visit the National County Government Month Display in the Governmental Center Lobby, 115 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, during the month of April. 

The Broward County Commission will formally proclaim April "National County Government Month" at the April 7th Board meeting.

For more on National County Government Month, visit the National Association of Counties (NACo) website or visit here for more on Broward County Agencies.