Broward County Community Leaders Announce Launch of Six Pillars Process to re-envision Greater Fort Lauderdale

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Broward County business, civic and government leaders have announced the launch of the Six Pillars™ Strategic Planning process for Broward County.  The Six Pillars process is being led by The Florida Chamber Foundation at the state level, and is meant to help communities throughout the state of Florida prosper and create high paying jobs by creating a visioning process which looks to a 20-year horizon.   Six Pillars will be 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

Named as co-chairs of Broward County’s Six Pillars process are:  J. David Armstrong, Jr., president of Broward College and chairman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Charles Caulkins, managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher and Phillips LLP and vice chair of The Broward Workshop; Lori Chevy, Broward market president of Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca; and James Murley, executive director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

“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.”

To become a Six Pillars Community, a community, county or region in Florida must complete a 10-step process focused around the Six Pillars for Florida’s Future framework. The framework serves as an organizing force for strategic planning at local, regional and state levels. It provides a means of harnessing fragmented viewpoints into a common and consistent conversation so that thoughtful and productive planning can take place. This ensures that communities across the state of Florida will design plans unique to their area – all connected by a common language that bubbles up to inform the state plan.

“Each of the Six Pillars topics is important in its own right,” said Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.  “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.”

“Florida is embarking on a new economy and communities across the state must take an active role in designing the future of their regions,” said Dr. Dale A. Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Broward County joins others who are setting the example of how to effectively plan for a new economy that they will be a part of and we encourage and welcome their decision to become a Six Pillars Community.”

To learn more about the Six Pillars process or to volunteer to become involved, please contact Ron Drew, vice president of marketing and communications for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance at 954-627-0130 or at

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