April Community Update Masthead
April 2014
Vol. 16, No. 4

Community Update Photo Focus:
Broward County Libraries has recently opened a Creation Station at the Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The unique “makerspace” and gadget lab is equipped with tools and equipment such as state-of-the-art computers, tablets and 3D printers. Residents of all ages can use these tools to gain hands-on experience expanding their creative potential and exploring the latest technologies at no cost. Find your inner inventor! Go online and design objects like those printed here, or print them on a 3D printer. Featured above are several innovative objects printed recently by patrons. Creation Stations are in the works for other library locations. For the latest updates and hours visit Broward.org/Library/CreationStation.

Broward County Achieves Certified 4-STAR Community Rating
Broward County is the first county government in the nation to achieve a four-star certification under the Sustainability Tools For Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities, recognized for “national excellence” in community sustainability.The County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division led the community-wide effort to collect and analyze data from more than 30 different County departments and community partners on more than 500 initiatives. Visit Broward.org. More…

County Observes Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month
Broward County joins the rest of the nation in observing Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month during April. The County’s Nancy J. Cotterman Center advocates for the prevention of sexual violence and child abuse through special events and public education during the observance. Throughout April, a powerful exhibit of survivor art and awareness is on display at the Governmental Center Lobby, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. More…

County Earns National Planning Award for Climate Change Element
Broward County has received a prestigious National Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association (APA) for its strong effort to address climate change. The award was given for Broward County’s Climate Change Element, a coordinated initiative of 82 environmental policies that focuses on local actions for addressing economic, environmental and community impacts of climate change. Among the first dedicated comprehensive plans to focus on climate change in the country, the Climate Change Element provides a planning foundation for Broward County to move forward to address its own challenges while serving as a template for local municipalities and the region to use to advance their climate planning. More…

Network With County Agency Directors at Business Development Workshop
Residents are invited to attend a Business Development Workshop on Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 430, Fort Lauderdale. County agency directors from Purchasing, Enterprise Technology Services, Housing Finance and Community Development, Risk Management, and Public Works will meet one-on-one with residents to address their small business questions. Directors will provide their perspectives on what it takes to work successfully with their departments, prime contractors and other small businesses. More…

Make Your Career with Broward County
At Broward County, our employees are our County’s greatest asset and the driving force for our success. County government culture supports personal development, promotes wellness, encourages idea sharing and fosters a work environment built on mutual respect. Benefits include comprehensive health insurance, life insurance and long term disability plans and very robust wellness and learning programs. Employees strive to provide the best public service experience to our residents and the communities they serve. You are invited to join the Broward team and make a difference in the community you live, work, play, and shop. Follow us on twitter.com/browardcareers. Visit Broward.org/HumanResources. Connect with us at LinkedIn.com.

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