Six Pillars Broward County



Welcome to the Broward Six Pillars website.

For information about the 2015 Six Pillars Annual Report to the Community and Solutions Summit event and to see a list of sponsors, please click here.

To download the 2015 Annual Report to the Community, please click here.

To view the videos of presenters at the 2015 Summit, please click on the following links:


To download the 2014 Annual Report to the Community, please click here.

To download the latest version of the Broward Six Pillars plan with the current status of tactics and successes, please click here.

To view a short video of Broward County community leaders talking about Six Pillars, please click here.

Over 350 Broward County business, civic, government leaders and residents are leading the Six Pillars strategic planning process for Broward County. 

At the state level, the Six Pillars process is led by The Florida Chamber Foundation, and is meant to help communities throughout the state of Florida prosper and create high paying jobs by creating a visioning process through 2030.  Six Pillars is addressing these topics which have been deemed critical to economic success in the future.   

(1) Talent Supply & Education   
(2) Innovation & Economic Development
(3) Infrastructure & Growth Leadership  
(4) Business Climate & Competitiveness 
(5) Civic & Governance Systems
(6) Quality of Life & Quality Places 


To see the Florida Chamber's Florida Scorecard, which provides data on all the counties in Florida and other information, please click here

Second Annual Broward Six Pillars Report to the Community Event held on April 30, 2015 




First Annual Broward Six Pillars Report to the Community Event held on February 21, 2014 



Broward County Named an Official Six Pillars Community on October 17, 2012!   To read story from the Sun-Sentinel, please click here. Pillars/Broward Named a Six Pillars Community 101712.jpg        Pillars/Six Pillars Launch Photo 2.jpg                                                                                                           

Pictured left to right as Broward County is named a Six Pillars Community are:  Ron Drew, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Bob Swindell, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; J. David Armstrong, Jr., Broward College; H. Wayne Huizenga; James Murley, South Florida Regional Planning Council; Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca; and Dale Brill, Florida Chamber Foundation.

Participants discuss Six Pillars at the October, 2012 launch event.


To see other photos from the Celebration Launch event, please click here.

To provide feedback on any of the plans, please send your comments to Ron Drew at


To provide online feedback regarding the Broward County plan, please click here. 


““Our goal is to bring as many stakeholders as possible into Broward’s Six Pillars planning process,” said David Armstrong, one of the Six Pillars co-chairs and president of Broward College.  “Members of our community will have an opportunity to jointly agree on priorities for our County, make decisions that prompt action, measure progress, and make periodic adjustments to the Plan when appropriate.”


“Each of the Six Pillars topics is important in its own right," said Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and a Six Pillars co-chair.  “When we bring them all together to develop a strategic vision, we will most assuredly impact our future success by creating high wage jobs, a vibrant community prepared for the future and the tools we need in Broward County to compete in an increasing global competitive environment.”



Steering Committee:  


J. David Armstrong, Jr.
President of Broward College and
Immediate Past Chairman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Charles Caulkins
Managing Partner
Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher and Phillips LLP
Chair of The Broward Workshop

Lori Chevy
Broward Market President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Commissioner Chip LaMarca
Broward County Board of County Commissioners

James Murley
Executive Director
South Florida Regional Planning Council

Steering Committee Members

 Anthony Abbate, Associate Provost for the Broward Campuses, Florida Atlantic University (Co-Chair - Talent Supply & Education) 

Captain Nichole Anderson, Chief of Court Services, Broward County Sheriff's Department (Co-Chair – Quality of Life & Quality Places)

Commissioner Patricia Asseff, City of Hollywood (Co-Chair - Civic & Governance Systems) 

Cindy Arenberg SeltzerChildren's Services Council of Broward County 

Josie Bacallao, President/CEO, Hispanic Unity of Florida

Howard Bakalar, Senior Vice President, United Way of Broward County

Earl Bosworth, Director, Broward County Cultural Division

Kevin Boyd, Boyd Public Relations

Sidney Calloway, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP

Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO, United Way of Broward County

Isabel Cosio Carballo, Director of Public Affairs, South Florida Regional Planning Council

Linda Carter, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Broward

Gretchen Cassini, Assistant to the County Administrator, Broward County

Steven Cernak, Port Director, Broward County Port Everglades

Carla Coleman, Former Eecutive Director, Urban Land Institute SE Florida/Caribbean

Michael De Lucca, President/CEO, Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. 

Danielle DeVito-Hurley, Attorney, GUNSTER

The Honorable Bobby DuBose, State Representative (Co-Chair - Civic & Governance Systems)

Jon Ferrando, Executive Vice President, AutoNation (Co-Chair – Business Climate & Competitiveness)

Carlton Fleming, Director - Performance Management, Broward County Public Schools

Kim Gorsuch, Circuit 17 , Community Development Administrator, Florida Department of Children and Families

Ric Green, President/CEO, Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce

Nicki Grossman, President, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

George Hanbury II, Ph.D., President/CEO, Nova Southeastern University

Mason Jackson, President/CEO, CareerSource Broward (Co-Chair – Talent Supply & Education)

Jorene Jameson, Past President/CEO, Broward Education Foundation (Co-Chair – Talent Supply & Education)

The Honorable Shevrin D. JonesState Representative

Gloria Katz, Executive Director, Smart Growth Partnership

Kathy Koch, President/CEO, Ambit Advertising and Public Relations (Co-Chair – Business Climate & Competitiveness)

Roy Krause, Retired President/CEO, SFN Group (Co-Chair – Talent Supply & Education)

Dan Lindblade, CAE, President/CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Tom Loffredo, Shareholder, GrayRobinson

Albert Massey III, Esquire, MASSEY, COICAN & KING, LLC (Co-Chair – Civic & Governance Systems)

Dev Motwani, President and CFO, Merrimac Ventures (Co-Chair – Innovation & Economic Development)

Ramola Motwani, Chairwoman, Merrimac Ventures (Co-Chair – Talent Supply & Education)

Peggy Nordeen, CEO, Starmark International (Co-Chair – Innovation & Economic Development)

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations,
Nova Southeastern University (Co-Chair – Quality of Life & Quality Places)

Linda Quick, President, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association

Robert Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools

Laurie Sallarulo, CEO, Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc.

Norm Seavers, Associate Vice President - Institute for Economic Development, Broward College

Kelley Shanley, President/CEO, Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Co-Chair – Quality of Life & Quality Places)

Henry Sniezek, Director - Planning and Environmental Regulation Division, Broward County

Gregory Stuart, Executive Director, Broward MPO (Co-Chair – Infrastructure & Growth Leadership)

Bob Swindell, President/CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Mary Lou Tighe, Executive Director, Broward League of Cities

Stella Tokar, IOM, PCC, CDP, President/CEO, Bold Consulting

Susanne Torriente, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale (Co-Chair – Infrastructure & Growth Leadership)

Scott Verner, President/CEO, Nipro Diagnostics (Co-Chair – Business Climate & Competitiveness)

Ben Wesley, Area Manager, Florida Power & Light (Co-Chair – Innovation & Economic Development)

 A special thank you to the following Six Pillars volunteer facilitators:

Jose Batalla,
Baxter Martin Advertising

Mary Becht

Kareen Boutros,
The Broward Workshop

Ron Drew,
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Anne Hotte, Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Jody Leshinsky,
Broward Cultural Division

Shawn Oden, JP Morgan Chase

Shawn Sackman,
SunTrust Bank

Norm Seavers,
Broward College

Carolyn Stewart, Ed.D., Broward County Public Schools

Ana Zeinieh,
City of Coral Springs