In January, Council staff spearheaded the development of a public, private, nonprofit team and application to participate in the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy “Building a Sustainable Economic Future through Equity and Inclusion” that will be held in Baltimore from March 11-13, 2014. This Leadership Academy is being led by the Sustainable Communities Learning Network, the Institute for Sustainable Communities and PolicyLink.
We are pleased to report that our team is one of only 16 project teams selected to participate this high level peer exchange focused on strategies to build more prosperous and resilient economies through workforce development, education, equity and inclusion. This Leadership Academy will provide an important opportunity for our diverse team of partners to learn together and have a productive dialogue with each other and peer regions about how we can continue to create and support greater pathways to education and opportunity for all residents, while strengthening our economy.
Team members are: Vice Mayor Patty Asseff, City of Hollywood; Ron Drew, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Shawn Rowan, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County; James Carras, Carras Consulting; Katy Sorenson, Good Government Initiative; Bonnye Deese, Broward Alliance for Neighborhood Development; and Isabel Cosio Carballo, SFRPC (Team Leader). Team members are receiving scholarship assistance of approximately $400 apiece to help defray travel expenses.
Through our Sustainable Communities designation, the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership has been fortunate to participate in multiple Leadership Academies on subjects such as climate change and infrastructure, and transportation. These Leadership Academies generally translate into successful team initiatives at home including, most recently, the “Minneapolis Accord” which jumpstarted the ongoing Tri-Rail Coastal Link commuter rail discussion.