Six Pillars Broward County




Welcome to the Six Pillars Broward website. 

Broward County's volunteer-led 20 year strategic visioning plan through the year 2030. 


Joseph Hovancak named Executive Director of Six Pillars Broward 

(March 31, 2020)  Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (the Alliance) has announced the appointment of Joseph E. Hovancak as Executive Director of Six Pillars Broward.  Six Pillars Broward is the community’s strategic visioning initiative for economic development in Broward County, which is managed by the Alliance, Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development.  To read more, please click here.

Six Pillars Broward Launches Version 2.0

In 2019, Six Pillars Broward Launched Version 2.0, which will focus on nine key issues of importance to Broward County over the next five years.  Those issues are:

Affordable Housing

Development of a Community Brand

Building on our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Prosperity Broward

Growing our Target Industry Clusters


Building and Branding Broward County/Greater Fort Lauderdale as a Talent Hub



Goals, strategies and tactics are currently being developed for each of the nine issues.

History of Six Pillars Broward

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 of Broward County
City of Coconut Creek
FPL FiberNet
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Las Olas Riverfront
Marine Industries Association of South Florida
Merrimac Ventures
Signature Grand
Verizon Wireless

To receive the Six Pillars newsletter, please click here.

To download the 2017 Annual Report to the Community, please click here.
To download the 2016 Annual Report to the Community, 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.

Photos from the Fourth Annual Broward Six Pillars Report to the Community Event held on April 18, 2017:


Photos from the Third Annual Broward Six Pillars Report to the Community Event held on April 6, 2016:


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.
President Emeritus
Broward College

Mark Bogen
Broward County Commissioner
Broward County

Charles Caulkins

Managing Partner
Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher and Phillips LLP

Lori Chevy

Broward Market President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Steering Committee Members

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

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

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., President/CEO, Community Foundation of Broward (Co-Chair – Quality of Life & Quality Places)

Josie Bacallao, President/CEO, Hispanic Unity of Florida

Doug Bartel, Market Leader, Florida Blue (Co-Chair, Community Brand Committee)

Jose Batalla, President, Baxter Martin Advertising

Kareen Boutros, Executive Director, The Broward Workshop

Kevin Boyd, Boyd Public Relations

Sidney Calloway, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP

Kimm Campbell, LCSW, Assistant County Administrator, Broward County Government

Kathleen CannonPresident/CEO, United Way of Broward County

Isabel Cosio Carballo, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council

Gretchen Cassini, Assistant County Administrator, Broward County

Carla Coleman, Principal, Coleman & Associates Consulting, P.A.

Rosana Cordova, Board of Directors, Smart Growth Partnership

Dr. Mildred Coyne
, Senior Vice President, Workforce Education and Innovation, Broward College (Co-Chair, Talent Hub Committee)

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

Danielle DeVito-Hurley, Attorney, GUNSTER

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

Andrew Duffell, President, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University (Co-Chair – Entrepreneurial Ecosystems)

Sandra Veszi Einhorn, Executive Director, Coordinating Council of Broward

Jim Ellis, Founder, Ellis Diversified, Inc.(Co-Chair - Community Brand Committee)

Beam Furr, Commissioner, Broward County (Co-Chair - Resiliency and Regional Climate Action Plan Committee)

Gregory Haile, President, Broward College (Co-Chair - Prosperity Broward Committee)

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

Joseph Hovancak, Executive Director - Six Pillars Broward, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Shevrin D. JonesState Representative

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, Schuster & King, L.L.C. (Co-Chair – Civic & Governance Systems)

David MaymonD.M. Investment Holdings (Co-Chair - Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Committee)

Kim Merced, President, South Florida Aviation Maintenance Council (Chair - Aviation Committee)

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, Executive Director - JPMorgan Chase

Brian PoulinPrincipal, Evergreen Partners (Co-Chair - Affordable Housing Committee)

Jenesis Ramirez, Ph.D., Program Manager, Florida International University (Chair - Life Sciences Committee)

Ryan Reiter
, Director of Government Relations- Kaufman Lynn Construction

Senator Nan Rich, Commissioner, Broward County (Co-Chair - Affordable Housing Committee)

Matthew Rocco, President, South Florida Manufacturers Association

Robert Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools

Shawn Sackman, Middle Market Banking Leader, Truist

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

Newton Sanon, President/CEO, OIC of South Florida

Jonathan Schwartz, Senior Director of Real Estate and Development, Bluegreen Vacations Corporation

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

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

Ryan Shea, President - FL/Caribbean, Right Management (Co-Chair - Talent Hub Committee)

Henry Sniezek, Director - Broward County's Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department, 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)

Lynne Wines, Senior Director, Broward Business Council on Homelessness

Marianne Winfield, Executive Director, Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities