Six Pillars Broward County




Welcome to the Six Pillars Broward website.


Thank you to all who attended the 2016 Six Pillars Broward Annual Report to the Community event on April 6th.  To download a copy of the 2016 Annual Report, please click here.   Do download the latest copy of Broward's Six Pillars implementation plan, please click here

A very special thank you to this year's event sponsors!








In 2011, more than 350 Broward County business, civic, academic and government leaders, volunteers and community residents began the process of developing a strategic visioning plan through the year 2030, using the Six Pillars framework of the Florida Chamber Foundation as a strategic planning tool. The plan was developed over the next year and launched in October 2012.

Six Pillars is meant to help communities prosper and create high paying jobs by developing and implementing a visioning process through 2030.  The Six Pillars framework is the product of collaboration and research by the Florida Chamber Foundation, working with many other partners.  It identifies the critical factors determining Florida’s future and that of its communities.  They are as follows:

Talent Supply & Education
Innovation & Economic Development
Infrastructure & Growth Leadership
Business Climate & Competitiveness
Civic & Governance Systems
Quality of Life & Quality Places

The Six Pillars Broward community plan is made up of 22 goals, 82 strategies and nearly 400 tactics.  To download the latest version of the Broward Six Pillars plan with the current status of tactics and successes, please click here.

Thank you to the following sponsors and partners of the Six Pillars plan and Six Pillars events:

Bank of America
Broward College
Broward County
Broward League of Cities
Children's Services Council
City of Coconut Creek
FPL FiberNet
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Las Olas Riverfront
Merrimac Ventures
Signature Grand
Verizon Wireless

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

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




Photos from the 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.” 


Six Pillars Steering Committee:  


J. David Armstrong, Jr.
Broward College

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

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 and Governance Systems) 

Cindy Arenberg SeltzerPresident/CEO, Children's Services Council of Broward County 

Josie Bacallao, President/CEO, Hispanic Unity of Florida

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

Ana Barbosa, Chief Economic Development Officer, City of Coral Springs

Jose Batalla, President, Baxter Martin Advertising

Earl Bosworth, Director, Broward County Cultural Division

Kareen Boutros, Executive Director, The Broward Workshop

Kevin Boyd, Boyd Public Relations

Sidney Calloway, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP

Kathleen CannonPresident/CEO, United Way of Broward County

Isabel Cosio Carballo, Executive Director, South Florida Regional 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 Executive Director, Urban Land Institute SE Florida/Caribbean

Dan Daley, Vice Mayor, City of Coral Springs - Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders Council

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

Danielle DeVito-Hurley, Attorney, GUNSTER

Ron Drew, Sr. Vice President - Marketing and Communications, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

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

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

Carlton FlemingDirector - Performance Management, Broward County Public Schools

Michael Gaylor, Ed.D.CEO, Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc.

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

Anne Hotte, CEO/Executive Director, Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

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)

Jody Leshinsky, Assistant Director, Broward Cultural Division

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

Tom Loffredo, Shareholder, GrayRobinson

Albert Massey III, Esquire, Massey, Coican, Schuster & King, L.L.C. (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)

Shawn Oden, Market Executive - Broward, JP Morgan Chase

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

Lais Pontes, Founder & President, The Pontes Group, Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders Council

Linda Quick, President, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association

Robert Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools

Shawn Sackman, Senior Vice President - Commercial Banking, SunTrust Bank

Laurie Sallarulo, President/CEO, Junior Achievement of South Florida

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

Carolyn Stewart, Ed.D., Coordinator - District Community Relations, Broward County Public Schools

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

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

Marianne Winfield, Executive Director, Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities